May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada, a time to reflect on and recognize the many contributions that Canadians of Asian heritage have made and continue to make to Canada. Asian Heritage Month has been celebrated since the 1990s, and in May 2002, the Government of Canada signed an Official Declaration to announce May as Asian Heritage Month:

Diversity represents one of Canada’s greatest strengths, and we strive to ensure that all Canadians have the opportunity to reach their full potential and participate in Canada’s civic life.Over the last two centuries, immigrants have journeyed to Canada from East Asia, Southern Asia, Western, Central and Southeast Asia, bringing our society a rich cultural heritage representing many languages, ethnicities and religious traditions.The people of this diverse, vibrant and growing community have contributed to every aspect of life in Canada — from the arts and science to sport, business, and government.Asian Heritage Month offers all Canadians an opportunity to learn more about the history of Canadians of Asian heritage and to celebrate their contributions to the growth and prosperity of Canada.Thereby, we declare May as Asian Heritage Month in Canada.


Resources and Events for Asian Heritage Month

Visit the Asian Heritage Month Society for events happening as part of explorASIAN Festival throughout the month.

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month with Vancouver Asian Film Festival Industry Insight Series, AIM Music Day, and Elimin8Hate Anti-Racism Curriculum.

View the list of books for Asian Heritage Month by Read Local BC here.

Discover resources from new and long-standing local to national organizations championing greater diversity in storytelling here.

This month is a reminder for all Canadians to come together to combat anti-Asian racism and discrimination in all its forms. Learn more about Asian Heritage Month here.