Portuguese-Speaking Heritage Month is proudly recognized during the month of June at the Toronto District School Board since 2011. The Province of Ontario passed the Celebration of Portuguese Heritage Act in 2001.
This year our theme is Andorinha! Watch us Soar!
The contributions of the Portuguese-Speaking Heritage community to Canada are significant as they include the arts, sports, music, culinary arts, and many professional contributions to educational and medical service areas. Canadians, along with all TDSB students, staff, and its communities and beyond all enjoy the energetic and vibrant traditions that are shared through the customs of this heritage. Over 1,400 TDSB students speak Portuguese as their mother tongue or as a primary language. Internationally, there are 250 million Portuguese-Speaking people worldwide, making it the fifth-most spoken language.
This year we are thrilled to share with you that the annual Portuguese Parade will once again take place! Everyone is invited to celebrate on Saturday, June 11 starting at 11 am between Lansdowne & Crawford. Those interested in participating are asked to meet at 9 a.m. on Lansdowne between Bloor and College where we will then participate in the parade walking down Dundas up to Shaw Street.
Students were invited to participate in a Literacy Creative Writing and Poster Challenge that reflected our theme, Andorinha! Watch us Soar! Select TDSB students joined a virtual session with acclaimed Chef Miguel Marques! Let’s learn together to make food as this is a focal point of how family and friends gather to rejoice in each other’s achievements and mark significant dates and festivals. Watch the virtual session!