January is Officially Declared as Tamil Heritage Month in Canada

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A unanimous decision was made at the House of Commons today declaring the month of January as Tamil Heritage Month under M-24. The motion will “recognize the contributions that Tamil-Canadians have made to Canadian society, the richness of the Tamil language and culture, and the importance of educating and reflecting upon Tamil heritage for future generations by declaring January, every year, Tamil Heritage Month.”

The Canadian Tamil Congress, a non-partisan organization that works as the Canadian Tamil community’s spokesperson at the municipal, provincial, federal and international levels, released the following statement:

“We thank and congratulate Mr. Gary Anandasangaree, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Rouge Park, for introducing a motion today in the House of Commons, calling on the Canadian Parliament to officially declare the month of January as Tamil Heritage Month. This will provide Canadians from coast to coast to coast the opportunity to celebrate our rich Tamil heritage, culture, language, and history.

To date, the Toronto District School Board, many GTA municipalities, such as the City of Toronto, and the Province of Ontario have all declared January as “Tamil Heritage Month”.

Tamils began migrating to Canada as early as the 1950s, which accelerated after the anti-Tamil pogrom in July 1983. Since that time, Tamil Canadians have overcome tremendous obstacles after their arrival and have made significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of Canada.

January is an important month for Tamil Canadians, as the Tamil Harvest Festival, Thai Pongal, is celebrated in this month.

By proclaiming the month of January as Tamil Heritage Month, our great nation will recognize that Tamil Canadians have been an asset to Canada’s social, economic, political and cultural fabric. Tamil Heritage Month will be an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the inspirational role that Tamil Canadians have played and continue to play in communities across Canada.

We request all political parties to come together to unanimously pass this motion and officially declare January as Tamil Heritage Month in Canada.”

Related:
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42 comments
Ameera Farook
Ameera Farook

Nasrin Basir for your inner tamilian \U0001f44c

Jerita Sebestian
Jerita Sebestian

Abira Selvavarothayam les canadiens \U0001f60d\U0001f60d\U0001f60d

Thamini Chetty
Thamini Chetty

Tamil Canadians are so lucky!! Make the most of January each year \U0001f31f

Rani Navin
Rani Navin

So we all need to move to Canada, Tamils are respected more than they in their own motherland.

Ravaida Ali
Ravaida Ali

Apiraami Arunagiri there you go girl!

Tania Reginald
Tania Reginald

Lol Api you should be very happy because of this wonderful news :D

Apiraami Arunagiri
Apiraami Arunagiri

Tell me why, why you gotta be this way, tell me why, I don't want it this way. You are the fireeeeee, not my true desire Tania Reginald

Tania Reginald
Tania Reginald

Apiraami Arunagiri lol I want it that wayyy. WWWWOOOOWWWW I want it that way

Arni Narendran
Arni Narendran

A True reflection of Canadian values recognising and respecting diversity of its citizens.

Amy Yma
Amy Yma

Arunya El, das hört sich alles so idyllisch in Canada an, ich will auch da hin😍😄

Amy Yma
Amy Yma

Und außerdem: Justin Trudeau ist ein cutie 😄

Arunya El
Arunya El

Ich warte auf dann mal auf dich Amy Yma\U0001f609

Fazeela Mohamed Iqbal
Fazeela Mohamed Iqbal

Shah Fharhan Rahmath Ali Mohamed Iqbal that's it! we have to move to Canada la.

Rahmath Ali Mohamed Iqbal
Rahmath Ali Mohamed Iqbal

I'm really touched the way Canadian govt are going all out to reach every communities possible \U0001f44d\U0001f44f

Shangs Siva
Shangs Siva

Roshni Patel I know about this roshy lol.

Sharmila Rajagopal
Sharmila Rajagopal

Mathini Arveena Ravee you better migrate ;). Raji Menon send her off!

Raji Menon
Raji Menon

Looks like Mars is not an option anymore :p

Sharmila Rajagopal
Sharmila Rajagopal

Hello..his wife gonna turn up at ur doorstep. This is a public post u realised or not \U0001f602

Mathini Arveena Ravee
Mathini Arveena Ravee

Sharmila Rajagopal Creating utopia, as in a humanitarian kind of way! What are you girls thinking?! :P Kthxbai

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