“Imagine a new story for your life and believe in it.” (by Paulo Coelho – Brazil)
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. Of note,
- 250 million Portuguese speakers worldwide, making it the fifth-most spoken language
- More than 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
- Due to historic ties, various regions of the world including Macau, China and Goa and Damao, India, celebrate their Portuguese influences/li>
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 Sunday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and join the team participating from the TDSB. For further information and to reserve a t-shirt (limited availability), please contact Norbert Costa at firstname.lastname@example.org.