Ottawa – Happy Italian Heritage Month! This June we honour and celebrate Italian Heritage Month, a time to recognize the community’s contributions to building the strong, vibrant and consciously more inclusive country we know today.
With more than 1.5 million people of Italian heritage, Canada is home to one of the largest Italian diasporas in the world. From business to sports, cuisine, politics, and much more, the community has enriched all aspects of our society, and continues to do so.
Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, marked the observance with these words: “As we celebrate these great contributions, we must also acknowledge the historic injustices that the Italian-Canadian community faced during the Second World War. In 2021, a formal apology was delivered by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons for the internment of hundreds of Italian Canadians. We must learn from these past wrongs, as we continue to build a more equitable and just society.”
Join us in celebrating the many inspirational contributions of Canadians of Italian heritage.
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