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A Million Words-1000 Photo Exhibit

January 10 @ 9:00 AM - January 17 @ 9:00 PM


January marks the start of a fresh New Year in the West. But for Tamils all across the world, it also coincides with the Pongal festival as well as the first month of the Tamil calendar, Thai. At present, January has been recognized and declared as Tamil Heritage Month by many municipalities including the City of Toronto, by Government of Ontario and Government of Canada.

Councillor Neethan Shan, the founder of Tamil Heritage Month, invites you to the launch of his newest initiative, A Million Words: A 1000 Photo Exhibit Illustrating the Stories of Tamil Canadians. This exhibit coincides with this year’s Tamil Heritage Month theme which aims to celebrate the colourful history of Tamil Diaspora in Canada. We are reaching out to members of the Tamil community, organizations and media to help us gather key moments of our time in Canada. Our goal is to collect a 1000 photos and launch the exhibit on Wednesday, January 10. We are hoping to receive photos from different sectors like arts, sports, education, business, media, politics, human rights, labour, religion, entertainment and so on.

If you or anyone you know is interested, please submit a photo along with a short caption describing its significance (50 words max.) to councillor_shan@toronto.ca with Photo Exhibit as the subject line. A kind reminder, by sending us a photograph you are granting us permission to use your photo for the exhibit.

Tamils began arriving in Canada from at least the 1960s. From a population of fewer than 2,000 in 1983, Tamil Canadians became the fast-growing community in Metropolitan Toronto. Canada’s Tamil population is now estimated to be approximately around 300,000. Today’s Tamil Canadian community is a flourishing one, boasting tens of thousands of entrepreneurs, professionals, and post-secondary students alongside active and engaged community organizations and a thriving arts and culture scene.


January 10 @ 9:00 AM
January 17 @ 9:00 PM


Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2 Canada

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