Asian Heritage Month 2022

Continuing a legacy of greatness

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Asian Heritage Month in Canada, a time to recognize the many contributions of Canadians of Asian heritage in building a dynamic and prosperous Canada.

This year’s theme “Continuing a Legacy of Greatness” emphasizes the rich, diverse, and historic pathways that have laid the foundation for Asian communities in Canada to thrive. It also recognizes the resilience of communities in overcoming recent challenges Canadians of Asian heritage and their communities have been a part of shaping Canada’s heritage and identity for centuries.

During Asian Heritage Month, Parks Canada wants to honour the memory of Canadians of Asian descent by remembering the stories of remarkable individuals and events, sometimes tragic, sometimes glorious, that have redefined our places and heritage.

Victoria’s Chinatown National Historic Site

A commemorative plaque installed on a sidewalk
General view of Victoria’s Chinatown and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada commemorative plaque
© Parks Canada/Andrew Waldron, 2011

Victoria’s Chinatown was designated a national historic site in 1995.

The oldest and most intact Chinatown in Canada, this district represents an important chapter in the complex history and heritage of Chinese Canadians.

Japanese Experience in Alberta National Historic Event

A large group of people posing for a photo in front of a building.
Dedication of Buddhist Church in Raymond, AB 1932
© Art Tamayose | Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / PA-117749

Japanese Experience in Alberta was designated a national historic event in 2007.

At the turn of the 20th century, Japanese immigrants laid the foundations of a community in southwestern Alberta. The community was strengthened by the arrival of Japanese Canadians forcibly removed from the West Coast by the federal government during the Second World War.

The 50th anniversary of the Ugandan Asian resettlement

Several people carrying suitcases are gathered in a gymnasium. A Canadian flag and a sign saying, BIENVENUE WELCOME, hang on the back wall.
Source : Library and Archives Canada / 4332941

On August 4, 1972, the Ugandan Asian population of over 80,000 individuals was ordered to leave Uganda by President Idi Amin. Stripped of their Ugandan citizenship and lacking diplomatic representation in Uganda at the time, these individuals received assistance from a Canadian diplomatic team. Over 7,000 Ugandan Asians were granted refuge in Canada, representing one the earliest non-European refugee resettlement schemes undertaken by the Canadian government. This situation showed the importance of having a framework for a refugee crisis, which Canada has now developed.

This Week in History

A magnifying glass reveals the words Nova Scotia on a piece of parchment.

Since 1998, Parks Canada has been publishing short history articles every week on its website. This Week in History seeks to interest readers in Canadian history and help them learn more about federal heritage designations. To celebrate Asian Heritage Month, the team publishes new history articles related to the experiences and achievements of Canadians of Asian descent by exploring our online archives.

The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC) recommends the designation of subjects of national historic significance to the Government of Canada.

Are you aware of a subject related to Asian heritage in Canada, or a person, place or event that may have national historical significance?

Additional resources: Asian history and culture in Canada

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