Asian Heritage Month Timeline


1978 – Asian/Pacific Heritage Week proclaimed in May by President Carter

1992 – Asian/Pacific Heritage Month proclaimed in May in legislation passed under President Bush Sr.



1993 – Asian Heritage Month celebrations begin in Canada in Toronto


Asian Heritage Month 1993- 2005

* Toronto was joined by Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax, Fredericton in celebrating Asian Heritage Month

* The oldest festival is now in Montreal

* The biggest festival is now in Vancouver


Asian Heritage Official Recognition

In May, 2001, Senator Vivienne Poy proposed a motion in the Senate to recognize Asian Heritage Month, and this was unanimously passed in December, 2001 The motion read:

Be it resolved: That May be recognized as Asian Heritage Month, given the important contributions of Asian Canadians to the settlement, growth and development of Canada, the diversity of the Asian community, and its present significance to this country.


Right to left:
Sophia Leung, Vivienne Poy, Claudette Bradshaw, Sheila Copps, Gurbax Singh Malhi




Asian Heritage Month Declaration