Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Prime Minister, issued a statement yesterday announcing the beginning of the very first Lebanese Heritage Month, “a time to recognize and honour the contributions of Lebanese Canadians to the country we proudly call home”.

Earlier in July 2023, Canada’s parliament unanimously approved naming November as Lebanese Heritage Month and this year throughout Canada, November will be known as such.

Here’s the full statement by PM Justin Trudeau:

“Since the 1800s, when the first Lebanese immigrants came to Canada, to today, with hundreds of thousands of Lebanese Canadians residing in communities from coast to coast to coast, this vibrant diaspora has formed an integral piece of Canada’s rich cultural mosaic. Their contributions have made – and continue to make – our country more diverse, prosperous, and inclusive.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I invite all Canadians to learn more about the contributions of Lebanese Canadians to our culture, our economy, and our communities. From sharing Lebanon’s national cuisine, to celebrating with traditional music and dancing, to making an impact in the fields of science and medicine, Lebanese Canadians help make Canada the country we love.

“To everyone celebrating, I wish you all a very happy first Lebanese Heritage Month.”

And the joint statement by Minister Khera and Member of Parliament Metlege Diab on the first national Lebanese Heritage Month:

The deep connection between Lebanon and Canada traces its origins back to 1882, when the first Lebanese immigrants set foot on Canadian soil. Since then, these ties have taken root and enriched our communities from coast to coast to coast. Much like the mosaic of Canadian society, Lebanese society is incredibly diverse, encompassing numerous religious and cultural affiliations.

This rich diversity is reflected in the various Lebanese communities that have called Canada their home for over 140 years. They have made important contributions to Canadian science, arts, politics, music, food, and various other fields. Lebanese Canadians have also given back to their communities through their hard work, determination, and love for their family and community, all of which reflect core Canadian values.