The Regional Municipality of York recognizes January as Tamil Heritage Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2012

During its Council meeting on December 13, 2012, The Regional Municipality of York recognized January as Tamil Heritage Month. Moved by Regional Councilor Jim Jones, and seconded by Regional Councilor Jack Heath, the recognition came in response to a request made by Markham Tamil Organization (MTO).

Based on 2001 Census data, Tamil is one of the common languages spoken at home in York Region. It is estimated that over 26,000 Tamil Canadian families have chosen York Region as their preferred place to live, work and play. This number is on a steady rise adding to the vibrant diversity, economic and social fabric of York Region.

“Recognition at the Regional level will help create inclusive communities by providing an opportunity to celebrate Tamil identity and the contribution made by Tamil Canadians” said Juanita Nathan, Secretary of MTO and Public School Board Trustee in Markham.

Tamil Heritage Month was initiated in January 2010 by Tamil Heritage Month Coordinating Committee, which is a coalition of over twenty prominent organizations including Markham Tamil Organization. Tamil Heritage Month has also been proclaimed by City of Markham, Toronto, Pickering, Whitby and Ajax.

Markham Tamil Organization is a group that brings tens of thousands of Tamil residents in Markham together to address social, political and economic needs of the community and aims to work collectively with other communities for social change.

Link to Minutes of Council meeting (Dec 13, 2012):

http://www.york.ca/Regional+Government/Agendas+Minutes+and+Reports/_2012/CM+dec+13.htm

For Media Inquiries:
Markham Tamil Organization 905-471-8070

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