Asian Heritage Month 2024

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Unifor celebrates Asian Heritage Month, that occurs annually each May. Together we honour and commemorate the culture and history of Asian communities in Canada. 

Unifor recognizes the importance of creating and holding space for Asian voices, acknowledging the challenges they face, and working together to dismantle systemic barriers to create a more inclusive society. We are committed to advocating for equitable representation, fair treatment, and meaningful opportunities for Asian workers in all sectors of the economy that we’re building together.

As a union, we are guided by the principles of solidarity and justice, recognizing that our struggles are interconnected, and that true progress can only be achieved through collective action. 

In the spirit of solidarity, Unifor stands shoulder to shoulder with Asian communities in Canada and around the world in the fight against racism, inequality, and injustice.

This month is also a reminder for all of us to come together to combat anti-Asian racism and discrimination in all its forms. Asian Canadians have reported continued mistreatment and harassment mainly due to political tensions and COVID-19, a 2023 poll by Angus Reid Institute and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation shows. 

Together, we can create a more just, inclusive, and equitable society where every individual is valued, respected, and empowered to reach their full potential.

We strongly believe it is the role of our union to create safer workplaces and dedicated spaces to celebrate the invaluable contributions and accomplishments of Asian people and our diverse membership, by bargaining collective agreements that make our workplaces better places for everyone.

We encourage all locals, unions and Unifor activists to not only encourage workplaces to create opportunities for Unifor’s Asian, and Black, Indigenous and Workers of Colour members in leadership roles, but to heed the same call.

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