Asian and South Asian Heritage Month
May is Asian and South Asian Heritage Month in Ontario. In May 2002, the Government of Canada officially declared May as Asian Heritage Month. At the provincial level, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario designated May as South Asian Heritage Month in 2001 and as Asian Heritage Month in 2005.
The Law Society of Ontario, in partnership with the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) and the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto (SABA), have partnered over many years to present a program in honour of Asian and South Asian Heritage Month. The Law Society of Ontario is grateful for this partnership with FACL and SABA and for the leadership that both organizations have demonstrated in advancing issues and causes relevant to legal professionals of Asian and South Asian heritage, not just this month, but over the past many years. Although we had to cancel our joint public event as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that we celebrate the long history and enormous contributions of lawyers and paralegals of Asian and South Asian origins to the legal community in Ontario.
During this month, we honour Asian and South Asian-Canadian law professors who made us feel welcomed in law school, and lawyers and paralegals who reached out, provided guidance and made us feel included at work. We also recognize individuals for being pioneers in their chosen field, including professor Vern Krishna, who was the first South Asian to serve as Treasurer of the Law Society between 2001 and 2003.
Last year’s joint Asian and South Asian Heritage Month event, titled “Social Media, Friend or Foe,” featured a discussion on the divisive impact of online platforms on communities and how social media can be used as a tool to unite people. For those who wish to view last year’s program, you may do so at the following link: https://lso.freestonelms.com/viewer/daZTRe44gTJnF47tWHrgaQjKWisP5o4xGMHcvojVFaRTr.
Please note that this program has been accredited for 1 hour and 10 minutes of EDI Professionalism Content.
Best wishes for a meaningful Asian and South Asian Heritage Month!