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May 6, 2004
Mayor Miller to celebrate South Asian Heritage Month
Mayor David Miller has proclaimed May as South Asian Heritage Month and will
open an exhibition, "Chillin' in your Brown Skin", at a celebration at City
Hall on Tuesday, May 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Joining the Mayor in the celebration will be:
- the Bhangra Divas, who will present "Beat it with Bhangra," a fusion of
traditional Punjabi folk dancing, social advocacy and public education;
- Kiromoy Data, a South Asian advocate and stand-up comedian; and - Uzma
Shakir, Executive Director of the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians
(CASSA), and recipient of a Jane Jacobs Prize.

South Asian Heritage Month commemorates May 5, 1838, the earliest recorded
arrival of people of South Asian heritage in Canada. In December 2001, the
Government of Ontario enacted Bill 98 to recognize May as South Asian Heritage
Month. This celebration pays tribute to the accomplishments and contributions
of people of South Asian descent towards the social, economic, cultural and
political life of the community.

Many community events and activities celebrating Toronto's rich South Asian
heritage will take place throughout May. For more information about these
activities and celebrations please check the following Web site:

"Chillin' in Your Brown Skin" is an exhibition co-ordinated by CASSA. It will
be on display at the following locations:

Toronto City Hall - Rotunda May 10 to 14
100 Queen St. W.
Scarborough Civic Centre - Exhibition Space May 14 to 24
150 Borough Dr.
North York Civic Centre - South Rotunda May 25 to 27
5100 Yonge St.

Media contacts:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Community Engagement and Diversity Management,
Chief Administrator's Office, 416-392-6824
Angela Kinnear, Diversity Management and Community Engagement Consultant, Chief
Administrator's Office, 416-392-1031
Soni Dasmohaptra, Community Development Co-ordinator, CASSA,
416-979-8611 x 4303



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