The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, invites all Canadians to celebrate Asian Heritage Month.
OTTAWA, May 7, 2019 /CNW/ - The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, kicked off the Government of Canada's 2019 Asian Heritage Month at the National Art Gallery in Ottawa today. This month is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about the rich cultures and longstanding contributions Canadians of Asian descent have made to our society.
This year's campaign is "Asian Canadian Youth: Shaping Canada's Future." In the arts, sciences, sports, business and government, Asian Canadians have made significant contributions to our country's culture and prosperity.
Many activities will take place in May as part of Asian Heritage Month celebrations. Communities across the country are encouraged to take part in these activities, which showcase Canada's rich heritage and cultural diversity.
"Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity to highlight the immense contributions Canadians of Asian descent have made to our country's culture and prosperity. This year, youth are in the spotlight. Our youth are engaged, interested; they push us to challenge conventions. Throughout May, I encourage everyone to take part in the many events in their communities and to celebrate Canada's diversity, which is our strength and our pride."
The Government of Canada's Asian Heritage Month resources include a promotional poster that can be distributed to schools, libraries and museums; updates to the Asian Heritage Month webpage; and a month-long campaign on Canadian Heritage's social media platforms.
The Government of Canada signed an official declaration to designate May as Asian Heritage Month in 2002.
Asian Heritage Month highlights the diverse cultural backgrounds of Asian communities across Canada. This celebration aims to combat racism and discrimination through education.
In 2002, the Government of Canada designated June 27 as Canadian Multiculturalism Day, when Canadians celebrate the contributions of various cultural communities to Canadian society.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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