Statement on Asian Heritage Month from the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour

May 1, 2024

As we mark Asian Heritage Month, the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour recognizes and celebrates the rich histories, cultures, and contributions of Asian communities in our province and across Canada. This month is not only a time to celebrate, but also a time to reflect on the integral role that Asian Canadians have played and continue to play in the fabric of our society.

Asian workers, from early settlers to recent immigrants, have made significant contributions to our province’s development and prosperity. They have enriched our communities in countless ways, from building our railroads and fishing industry to excelling in academia, arts, and innovation. Their stories of resilience, perseverance, and determination are woven into the tapestry of our shared history.

However, as we celebrate, we also acknowledge the challenges and injustices faced by Asian Canadians. The past and present experiences of discrimination, racism, and exploitation are critical parts of this narrative that cannot be overlooked. The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour stands in solidarity with Asian communities in the fight against xenophobia, racism, and discrimination in all its forms.

Asian Heritage Month is also an opportunity to highlight the ongoing struggles of Asian workers, particularly those in low-wage and precarious jobs. Many Asian Canadians work in sectors heavily impacted by the pandemic, such as healthcare, retail, and food services. They have been on the frontlines, often risking their own health and safety, to keep our communities running.

As we move forward, we must ensure that the rights and well-being of Asian workers are protected. This includes advocating for fair wages, safe working conditions, and equal opportunities for all. The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour is committed to fighting for these rights and supporting all workers, regardless of their racial or ethnic background.

In celebrating Asian Heritage Month, we are reminded of the strength in our diversity. It presents an opportunity to learn more about the histories and cultures of Asian Canadians and to stand against the stereotypes and prejudices that persist. We encourage everyone to participate in the various events and activities taking place this month to celebrate and appreciate the vibrant Asian culture and its significant contribution to our society.

On behalf of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, we express our deep gratitude to the Asian communities in our province for their enduring contributions and resilience. Together, we continue to strive for a society where all workers are respected, valued, and treated with dignity.

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