DAWSON CREEK -- The cities of Dawson Creek and Fort St. John have declared the month of June as Filipino Heritage Month.

The designation aiming to increase the understanding between Filipino immigrants and Canadian culture, while celebrating the long-standing history and unique contributions of Filipino-Canadians in both cities dating back to the 1960s.

In Dawson Creek, the Philippine flag was raised outside of City Hall to mark June 12th as Independence Day for the Filipino community.

The date marks a national holiday in Philippines, observing the country’s independence from Spain in 1898.

In attendance were the mayor and members of the KALIPI South Peace Filipino Community.

A flag was also raised in Fort St. John to mark the month.

The ‘EX SITU’ art exhibit will also be returning for a sixth year at the Peace Gallery North, showcasing art, photography, and sculptures created by Filipino-Canadians in the city.

The exhibition is currently open to the public and runs until June 22nd, 2024.

According to the latest Stats Canada census data, there are 1,790 Filipinos living in both cities.