Throughout the country, Asian Heritage Month is recognized in May. When the declaration was made in 2002, the Government of Canada spoke about how it would be a time to reflect on and celebrate the contributions that Canadians with Asian heritage continue to make to the growth and prosperity of Canada. Students and staff around the District celebrated Asian Heritage Month in a variety of ways.
At Burnaby Mountain Secondary students highlighted Asian art and artists. Over at Burnaby North Secondary, leadership students celebrated the contributions of Asian Canadians, past and present. And school libraries throughout the District featured books to enhance learning. These are just some examples of reflections and celebrations in classrooms and schools.
As the City of Burnaby marked the first annual Day of Action Against Asian Racism during Asian Heritage Month, Board Chair Jen Mezei shared an opinion piece in the Burnaby Now. In it, she reiterated the Board’s condemnation of Asian racism and its deep commitment to anti-racism:
The current increase in racist attitudes, microaggressions and behaviours towards Asians and people of Asian descent that have escalated during the pandemic has had a negative impact on the well-being and safety of our community, including our school communities. Our community deserves better. Racism and hate are unacceptable. Addressing systemic racism against Asian, Black, Indigenous, and other racialized communities will be a long process. Education has a vital role to play in it. This is a journey that trustees and I are committed to, as we work to foster safe and caring communities that support all our staff, students and families.”
Learn more here about how the power of diversity and equity, access and inclusion are part of the strategic plan for the Burnaby School District.
Learn more about the work being done in the Burnaby School District to dismantle racism.
Posted May 2021