TORONTO — The Ontario government is supporting Tamil students with targeted mental health and wellness programs and resources. This investment, announced by Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, joined by Raymond Cho, MPP for Scarborough North and Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, Vijay Thanigasalam, MPP Scarborough – Rouge Park and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, Logan Kanapathi, MPP Markham – Thornhill, Aris Babikian, MPP Scarborough – Agincourt, and Christina Mitas, MPP Scarborough, during Tamil Heritage Month, reaffirms the province’s commitment to learning recovery and ensuring every student in Ontario can reach their full potential.
Ontario is providing $48,950 to the Canadian Tamil Academy, a not-for-profit organization that works to preserve and cultivate the Tamil language, culture and history within Canada. Funding will go towards providing Tamil students with information and resources to address mental health issues, cope with stress, build resilience and implement self-care strategies, while reducing the stigma around mental health in the Tamil community.
“I am incredibly proud of Ontario’s Tamil community and continue to stand with their children and families as they heal from the darkness of the Tamil genocide,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “Through our partnership with the Canadian Tamil Academy, we will help to reduce the stigma around mental health and provide Tamil students with access to supports so that they can reach their full potential.”
This new investment is part of the Priorities and Partnerships Funding COVID-19 Equity Supports, which funds various initiatives that help promote a positive and supportive school climate, support healthy relationships, and address bullying and cyberbullying.
Ontario is committed to supporting its Tamil community. On May 6th 2021, MPP Thanigasalam received all-party support for his private member’s bill to officially recognize the week of May 11th to May 18th as Tamil Genocide Education Week. MPP Thanigasalam’s bill, which Minister Lecce spoke in favour of, encourages Ontarians to learn more about the atrocities that were committed against innocent Tamil civilians during the civil war in Sri Lanka between 1983 and 2009.