May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada, a time to reflect on and celebrate the contributions that Canadians of Asian heritage continue to make, to the growth and prosperity of Canada. Canadians are invited to take part in the events that honour the legacy of Canadians of Asian heritage who, throughout Canadian history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation we know today.
Asian Heritage Month has been celebrated across Canada since the 1990s. In December 2001, the Senate of Canada adopted a motion proposed by Senator Vivienne Poy to officially designate May as Asian Heritage Month in Canada. In May 2002, the Government of Canada signed an official declaration to designate May as Asian Heritage Month.
Passing it forward: Culture through the generations
For 2018, the theme of the Government of Canada’s Asian Heritage Month campaign is “Passing it forward: Culture through the generations.” The 2018 campaign highlights the importance of transmitting culture and heritage across generations, and it connects the historic roles that Asian Canadians continue to play in helping to shape Canadian heritage and identity. The 2018 Asian Heritage Month Campaign will also emphasize the indispensable contributions that women of Asian descent have made to Canada.