We celebrate Tamil heritage each January, as the federal government expressed it, “to recognize the contributions that Tamil-Canadians have made to Canadian society, the richness of the Tamil language and culture and the importance of educating and reflecting upon Tamil heritage for future generations.”

This year’s Tamil Heritage Month theme is Remembrance, Resilience and Resistance. Celebration must include an understanding of the struggle for human rights of Tamil people worldwide, but especially in their homeland Tamil Eelam (North East Sri Lanka).

Remembrance, resilience and resistance is about dignity and justice for the Tamil people. Thirty years ago, a devastating civil war killed thousands and forced more than 800,000 Tamil to leave their homeland.

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