In May 2002, the Government of Canada signed an official declaration that designated May as the official Asian Heritage Month. This month gives communities the chance to acknowledge and celebrate the long history of Asian Canadians and the unique cultures and contributions they’ve brought to Canada.
Today, CIES was proud to attend the Asian Heritage Foundation (AHF) Asian Heritage Month Kick-Off with their panel “Diversity Matters: System Changes to Address Multiculturalism and Inclusion” sponsored by Der Barristers in partnership with the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers and Action Chinese Canadians Together. Guest speakers included the Honorable Joe Ceci, Honorable Irfan Sabir, and a diverse panel including:
- The Honorable Senator Yuen Pau Woo – Independent Senators Group
- George Chapel – Ward 5 Councillor, City of Calgary
- Elizabeth Aspinall – Practice Advisor and Equity Ombudsperson, AB Law Society
- Emiko Muraki – Director of Community Investment & Impact, Canadian Arts Development
- Anne-Marie Pham – Director of the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion
It was a pleasure to hear everyone’s reflections on mainstream Canadian culture and changes that will lead to a more pluralistic society.