Asian Heritage Month has been a focus of celebration in many communities across Canada since the 1990s. In December of 2001, Senator Vivienne Poy proposed a motion that was adopted by the Senate of Canada, designating May as Asian Heritage Month nationally. During May of 2002, the Government of Canada made this motion official by signing a declaration to designate May as Asian Heritage Month.
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario celebrates May Asian Heritage Month. This year’s poster, Resistance & Change: Celebrating Asian Canadian Stories captures five stories of collective resistance. They chronicle Asian Canadian struggles, experiences and resilience in different political and social spaces. Emmie Tsumura, Japanese Canadian artist creates a collage with a feeling of warmth and solidarity, spanning many generations of people of different cultural backgrounds and identities to celebrate what is possible. The poster is available in both PDF and Word formats below.
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