FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — City council members once again voted in favour of proclaiming June as Filipino Heritage Month in Fort St. John.
According to a proclamation request letter from Alan Yu, the founder and chairman of the Barangay Fort St. John Society, Filipinos have a “long, synergistic history” in Fort St. John, which dates back to the mid-1960s.
“This year, we once again see an influx of Filipinos in Fort St. John, a majority of whom are temporary foreign workers and students,” wrote Yu.
Yu’s letter requested the Philippine flag be raised and flown at city hall for the entire month of June to create awareness of the Filipino community in Fort St. John.
“Filipinos will continue to be a productive sector of the citizenry with more and more Filipinos set to arrive this year,” said Yu.
The proclamation states Filipinos have a primary goal of increasing understanding surrounding Filipino immigrant and Canadian culture and says the spirit of “Bayanihan” is “strong among us.”
In Filipino culture, Bayanihan means “helping one another to achieve a goal.”
The proclamation declaring June as Filipino Heritage Month was passed at last week’s regular council meeting.