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    Tamil heritage Month full coverage with story, photos and videos


    Tamils in Canada have been celebrating the Month Of January as the Tamil Heritage Month, (THM) for the past 7 years.

    Many Towns, Cities and the Province Of Ontario have recognised this tradition and in 2016 the Government of Ontario also officially passed a resolution in this respect.



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    THM Flag Raising by TCASD on 4th of Jan 2017 at City of Pickering


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    Tamil Heritage Month Opening Ceremony at Town of Ajax Council Jan 4th 2017



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    Statement by Minister Joly on Tamil Heritage Month

    OTTAWA, January 1, 2017

    The Tamil-Canadian community is a shining example of how Canada is made stronger through its cultural diversity. The Tamil language is one of the oldest living languages in the world, and we are enriched by Tamil-Canadian contributions to every aspect of our society—arts and culture in particular.

    In 2016, the House of Commons voted unanimously to recognize every January as Tamil Heritage Month to coincide with one of the most important celebrations for Canadians of Tamil heritage, the Thai Pongal harvest festival.

    Tamil Canadians from coast to coast to coast will celebrate this special milestone, during Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

    As Minister of Canadian Heritage, I encourage all Canadians to learn more about the rich history of Canada’s Tamil community and to celebrate the inspirational role that Tamil Canadians have played, and continue to play, in this country. I encourage you to celebrate Tamil Heritage Month for the first time in 2017 and to take part in the broader Canada 150 celebrations taking place around our country. This is a special year to celebrate one of Canada’s greatest strengths: our diversity.



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    Believe in You with Christmas 2016

    Tamil Cultural and Academic Society of Durham celebrated the holidays with their show called Believe in You with Christmas 2016. The annual event showcases children and youth across the region and continues to dazzle. Attendees enjoyed all the great performances procured by their talented members and were also happy to join in some Christmas activities. In the spirit of giving, guests kindly brought in non-perishable food items that were donated to Durham Police West Division’s food drive.


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    TCASD Food Drive on Christmas day


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    TCASD Christmas 2016


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    TCASD 'Lights of Hope' Charity Gala 2016

    "It was that time of the year again; for the Tamil Cultural and Academic Society of Durham's 'Lights of Hope' Charity Gala. This wasn't the second or third year TCASD was hosting their gala, but it was TCASD's 7th year successfully hosting their charity gala. Every year, our goal is to support a social cause in our community.

    This year we chose Indspire, which is a "charitable organization that is dedicated to raising funds to deliver programs that provide tools for indigenous peoples”. In the past years we've supported CAMH, the Rouge Valley Health System, and back home in Vanni, Sri Lanka. The purpose of our event is to simply give back, by not only supporting these organizations by donating money, but by also raising awareness. What was unique about this year's gala is that it was 'for the youth, by the youth'. Our youth were the ones who initially brought up the idea to support indigenous people. TCASD immediately approved of this idea and were proud to see the youth wanting to support people regardless of what their background, religion, etc. were.

    On September, 24th, our 'starry night' themed gala was held at the beautiful Tosca Banquet Hall. Guests were welcomed by delightful music played by youth from our community. We enjoyed performances by All Our Relations Métis Drum Circle and, of course, our very own youth. Untouchable Sound Crew did an awesome job being our DJs for the night.

    Dignitaries and special guests graced us with their presence that night and the event was hosted by two of TCASD's youth, one of them being yours truly, and Meena Shanmuganathan, who have just entered their final year in high school. Finally, the dance floor opened up and everyone got up from their seats and let they go into the night. I must say, our guests were fantastic dancers and even our youth and executive team members came out of their shell and danced the night away.

    The best part was that everyone had an amazing night to remember and we enjoyed it as we gave back to a significant social cause. But, this gala would not have been such a success without the executive team and gala committee. The team worked so hard, even with their busy school/work schedules, but their hard work definitely paid off. If you're thinking that you missed out on this year's gala, we would be more than happy to see you next year for another incredible night".

    Cavina Vairamuthu
    Youth Leader
    Tamil Cultural and Academic Society of Durham


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    TCASD Charity Gala Event 2016


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