Statement Article from  Canadian Heritage

Minister Joly issues statement on Asian Heritage Month

Ottawa, May 1, 2016

Asian Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian Heritage who helped shape the diverse and prosperous country that we are today.

As Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Minister responsible for Multiculturalism, I invite Canadians of all backgrounds to learn about, appreciate and celebrate the exceptional contributions that Canadians of Asian origin have made to our country.

This year’s theme of “Celebrating Arts and Culture” gives us a unique opportunity to celebrate our country’s vibrant cultural life. From ballet dancer Chan Hon Goh to actor Zaib Shaikh, novelist Shyam Selvadurai, pianist Jon Kimura Parker, filmmaker Deepa Mehta and many others, Asian-Canadian artists have shared their immense artistic talents, inspiring and educating us.

I encourage all Canadians to take part in the many events happening this month to celebrate Asian Heritage Month.

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