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June is Portuguese-Speaking Heritage Month

Thursday, June 01, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB

“Words were not given to man in order to conceal his thoughts.” ~ Jose Saramago, Writer  

The Toronto District School Board is proud to recognize June as Portuguese-speaking Heritage Month. During this month, the TDSB’s Portuguese-speaking communities are provided with opportunities to share their vibrant culture and traditions and also gain a better understanding of the Portuguese-speaking diaspora.  

The contributions of the Portuguese-speaking community to Canada’s history are vast as it includes the arts, sports, medicine and public life, including:

  • 250 million Portuguese speakers worldwide, making it the fifth-most spoken language
  • Over 1,400 TDSB students speak Portuguese as their mother tongue or as a primary language
  • Portuguese is the official language of eight countries: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Time & Principe and East Timor
  • While the Archipelago of the Azores and the Archipelago of Madeira are a part of Portugal, they are simultaneously Autonomous regions which share in the Portuguese language
  • As well, due to historic ties, various regions of the world including Macau, China and Goa and Damao, India, celebrate their Portuguese influences

Learn more on our Did You Know fact sheet!

Events are being planned through the City of Toronto to recognize the Portuguese-speaking heritage including the Portuguese Parade on Saturday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and join the team participating from the TDSB.  

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