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Canada Tamil

Canada is a country that prides itself on its diversity and multiculturalism. Among the many ethnic groups that call Canada home, one of the largest and most vibrant is the Tamil community. Canadian Tamils are people of Tamil ethno-linguistic origin who have settled in Canada from various parts of South and East Asia, such as Sri Lanka, India, Singapore, and Malaysia. According to the 2016 census, there were 240,851 people who reported to be of Tamil descent, heritage, and/or culture, making up 0.7% of Canada’s population.

Canadian Tamils have a rich and diverse history that spans centuries and continents. They have faced many challenges and hardships, such as colonialism, civil war, displacement, and discrimination, but they have also shown remarkable resilience, adaptability, and creativity. They have made significant contributions to various fields of art, education, business, and politics, while preserving their unique language and culture. They have also enriched the Canadian society with their values, traditions, and festivals, such as Pongal, Thai Pongal, and Tamil New Year.

Some of the notable achievements and milestones of Canadian Tamils are:

  • In 1979, the first Tamil language school was established in Toronto by the Canadian Tamil Association.
  • In 1986, the first Tamil newspaper, Thamilar Senthamarai, was launched in Toronto.
  • In 1991, the first Tamil radio station, CMR 101.3 FM, was launched in Toronto.
  • In 1993, the first Tamil television channel, Tamil Vision International, was launched in Toronto.
  • In 2008, the first Tamil street festival, Tamil Fest, was held in Toronto.
  • In 2010, the first Tamil Heritage Month was proclaimed in Toronto.
  • In 2011, the first Tamil member of parliament, Rathika Sitsabaiesan, was elected in Scarborough-Rouge River.
  • In 2016, the first Tamil Heritage Month was unanimously declared by the House of Commons of Canada.
  • In 2018, the first Tamil chair in Canada was established at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
  • In 2019, the first Tamil film festival, Tamil Film Festival of Canada, was held in Toronto.

These are just some of the examples of how Canadian Tamils have contributed to the multicultural fabric of Canada. If you want to learn more about their history, achievements, and challenges, you can visit Tamilar.ca, a leading online platform for Tamil news and culture. Tamilar.ca provides a variety of content, such as news, articles, videos, podcasts, and events, that cater to the interests and needs of the Tamil community in Canada and beyond. Tamilar.ca also aims to promote and preserve the Tamil language and heritage, and to foster a sense of belonging and identity among Canadian Tamils. Tamilar.ca is your one-stop destination for everything Tamil in Canada. Check it out today!

Source: Conversation with Bing, 2/24/2024
(1) Tamil Canadians – Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_Canadians.
(2) Background – Tamil Community Centre. https://tamilcentre.ca/en/about/background.

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