This year Hispanic Heritage month took place September 15 - October 15. During this month we took the time to reflect and celebrate the rich history, influences and culture of past generations who came from Spain, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Today, the rich culture is still seen and observed throughout these countries and within Hispanic households around the world. A few sisters who identify as Hispanic have taken the time to describe what being Hispanic means to them, and how they continue to celebrate and embrace their culture.
Happy Hispanic heritage month! This month is so special and important to honour Hispanic’s as we lift them up and learn their names and story. As a Latina/Hispanic women I’m honoured to represent my heritage and represent my Central American blood in anything I do. My mother is from El Salvador and my father is from Costa Rica. My ancestors are both Indigenous (Mayan) and Spanish which makes me both Latina and Hispanic. 🇸🇻🇨🇷 Being Latina/Hispanic is an important part of my life because the traditions, food, stories and the culture is the foundation of my being. It reminds me of where my family comes from and humbles me to make my mark on the world in their honour. I am beyond grateful for the strength, humility and values that have been given to me from my ancestors. 🇸🇻🇨🇷 Hispanics are beautiful and strong and I’m very grateful to celebrate them this month - thank you for reading!
Monica Izaguirre-Canales ❤️
"Being born in Canada with a Mexican background, growing up with the opportunity to remain connected to my family’s culture has made me appreciate where I come from in such an amazing way. From learning family dishes that have been passed down, listening to music that my parents grew up to, or even making trips to Mexico when possible has brought me a huge sense of connection and respect for my background."
This Hispanic Heritage month has allowed me to take time to reflect and embrace my Hispanic heritage. I was born in Colombia and immigrated to Canada when I was a year old. Despite growing up in North America, my parents always ensured that my roots were still deeply rooted into my Hispanic heritage.
I am grateful that my parents always encouraged me to keep in touch with my culture. I speak fluent Spanish, and practice multiple Colombian traditions that have been passed down through my family for generations.
I am proud to identify as a Latina/Hispanic, and hope to be able to pass down my heritage for generations to comes. ❤️ - Natalia Silva