Ontario, Canada Celebrates Its First Hellenic Heritage Month

Ontario’s lawmakers pose after marking Hellenic Heritage Month. Source: Nina Tangri, twitter

The Canadian province of Ontario is marking its first “Hellenic Heritage Month” to coincide with the anniversary of the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire on March 25th.

Ontario’s legislature adopted the proposal brought forth by Greek-Canadian lawmaker Effie Triantafilopoulos last year.

Speaking recently in the chamber, Triantafilopoulos, Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice Policy, said that the occasion “celebrates the contributions of Hellenes and Hellenic culture to our great province of Ontario, to Canada and the world.”

“Greeks gave us the first democracy in ancient Athens. Greek philosophy, medicine, science, history and much more are vital part of the cultural foundation of western countries.”

“The Heritage month also honors the many Canadians of Hellenic descend whose families came to Canada seeking a better life,” she added.