Most of us associate February with Black History Month.
But this time around, public school students in East York and throughout the Toronto District School Board have also been celebrating Chinese Heritage Month for the first time.
“This month will provide a very good opportunity where we will reflect upon contributions of this important group in our community,” said Manna Wong, TDSB trustee for Ward 20.
“One of my proudest moments as a trustee when I saw Chinese students and non-Chinese students learning and celebrating together about Chinese Heritage Month,” said Ward 17 trustee Ken Lister.
Students have been learning the lion dance, taekwondo, producing art and dancing.
According to Wong, Chinese-Canadians make up around 10 per cent of the population in the GTA.
February is also Black History Month, with observances already established for several years.
“We will highlight the contributions people of African descent have made in the field of science, technology, engineering, and math,” said Ward 14 trustee Chris Moise.
Moise said it is important that all students gain insight about African history.
“When we celebrate African heritage this month, it’s important to see the intersections of our identity and culture in multiple lenses,” said Ward 18 trustee Parthi Kandavel.
*Also published by the East York Observer