“Tonight I am pleased to officially launch the national celebration of Asian Heritage Month at an event hosted by the Canadian Museum of Nature.
“Asian Heritage Month is a time to reflect on the many achievements and contributions of Asian Canadians who helped shape the pluralistic and prosperous country that we are today.
“As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident, Asian Heritage Month will also feature many events and tributes to commemorate this tragic incident in our country’s past, including highlighting of the community projects funded by the Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP):www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/programs/indo.asp.
“This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II. As part of Asian Heritage Month, the Government of Canada will recognize and honour the many sacrifices made by Asian Canadians for our country.
“As Minister for Multiculturalism, I invite all Canadians to learn more about the important role played by Canadians of Asian heritage. I also encourage all Canadians to take part in the many events taking place this month to celebrate Asian Heritage Month, as well as the many events that will continue throughout this year in honour of the anniversaries of World War I, World War II and the Komagata Maru.
For more information on Asian Heritage Month and the events that will be happening across Canada, visit www.cic.gc.ca/asianheritagemonth.”