June is Filipino Canadian Heritage Month

As numbers continue to grow, the Sask. Filipino community members highlight culture and language.

Saskatchewan’s Filipino community has more than doubled in the past decade. In 2011 there were about 16,705 Filipino people in the province. In 2016, it jumped to 32,340!

“The proclamation of June as Filipino-Canadian Month is a celebration of two cultures coming together,” said Commission Advisory Committee member Jeanny Buan. “It is great that governments are acknowledging the richness of our traditions and our contributions to society.”

According to the 2016 Canadian census, Filipino-Canadians are the fastest-growing community in Saskatchewan. In Saskatoon, Tagalog (one of the official languages of the Philippines) ranks behind English as the second most common language in the city.

“With over 35,000 Filipino’s in Saskatchewan, we have built deep roots in our province since the late 1960’s,” said Saskatchewan Human Rights Commissioner Michael San Miguel. “I am proud that we have become a strong pillar in society in helping Saskatchewan become a stronger and more diverse province.”

Filipino-Canadian Month provides an opportunity to celebrate a community and the work it has done in making our society more open, diverse, and inclusive – not only in Saskatchewan, but across the country.

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