Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about the many achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian descent who, throughout our history, have done so much to make Canada the amazing country we share today.
The theme for Asian Heritage Month 2021, “Recognition, Resilience, and Resolve”, embodies the myriad of sentiments that peoples of Asian descent in Canada have experienced and honours their contributions and their diverse stories which are rooted in resilience and perseverance. It is also a call to action for all Canadians to come together to combat all forms of anti-Asian racism and discrimination (https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/asian-heritage-month.html).
Story Times Highlighting Asian Authors and Illustrators
Join Leah for some stories highlighting asian authors and illustrators! Click on the links below, or go right into our Facebook Page and enter the book title in the search bar:
“Like the moon loves the sky” by Hena Khan – The author explains how this book is inspired by the Quran and transcends all belief systems. https://fb.watch/5l5hHxya3j/
“Scribble” by Ruth Ohi: https://fb.watch/40IBWTBriT/
“I Promise” by Catherine Hernandez: https://fb.watch/40IGJgP1en/
Ontario Organizations Supporting Asian Communities
If you are seeking support or further information, Ontario has a number of organizations you can turn to:
- Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto
The Centre is a non-profit, non-political organization with the objective to build a Chinese cultural centre for residents of the Greater Toronto Area. The Centre also acts as a bridge between communities of Chinese descent and other communities to promote cross-cultural understanding.
- Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society
The Society is a non-profit organization of volunteers that coordinates celebrations in the National Capital Region.
- Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre– Toronto
The Centre fosters mutual understanding and facilitates the exchange of information about Japanese culture with the community at large through a wide range of programs. The Centre also works to build a spirit of co-operation and harmony among people of different cultures by coordinating community events and programs with other diverse organizations.
- Canadian Multicultural Council – Asians in Ontario
The Council is an umbrella organization representing more than 20 Asian countries, ethnic regions, and cultures in Canada. It was established in 1998 to promote inter-cultural cooperation among its members and racial harmony through the understanding of cultures and heritage.
- South Asian Canadian Histories Association
The South Asian Canadian Histories Association (SACHA) was established in 2016 to bring together art, history, and research. Their aim is to create, facilitate, support, and exhibit arts and research-driven initiatives rooted in South Asian Canadian history, culture, and identity.
- Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA)
The Council is an umbrella organization of agencies, groups, and individuals that provide services to the South Asian Community. They envision and strive for a Canada free of all forms of discrimination in which all communities are free from marginalization and are fully empowered to participate in defining Canada’s political, economic, social, and cultural future.