Canadian Social Media Calendar for May

Add some Canadian flavour to your social feeds in May with this Canada-centric social media calendar!

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Did you know? The Government of Canada officially declared May as Asian Heritage Month in 2002, but it has been celebrated across Canada since the 1990s.

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May 1

Did you know? The first International Workers’ Day celebrations took place in Montreal in 1906.

On this day #OTD

May 2

Did you know? In 2017, among the 7 principal tuna species, 33.3% of the stocks are estimated to be fished at biologically unsustainable levels

May 3

May 5

  • National Day of Awareness for MMIWG #MMIWG / Red Dress Day #RedDressDay

Did you know? May 5th is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which coincides with “Red Dress Day”.

Red Dress Day was started in 2010 when Métis artist Jamie Black installed the hanging garment to raise awareness and as a way of giving the MMIWG’s families a voice.

Did you know? During the Second World War, the Canadian army liberated a number of Dutch cities, while Canada provided refuge to the Dutch royal family. As a result, Canada and the Netherlands have enjoyed a close bilateral relationship ever since.

May 6

On this day #OTD

  • 1987 / First Glenn Gould prize awarded to R. Murray Schafer in Music & Communication

Did you know? The Glenn Gould Prize is an international award bestowed biennially by the Glenn Gould Foundation in memory of Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.

May 7

May 8

May 9

  • May 9-15, National Mining Week (Week of the second Monday in May)

May 10

  • Lupus Awareness Day (Ontario)
  • International Day of Argania #IDA2022 #Argania

Did you know? The Argan Tree (Argania Spinosa) is only found in a small corner of southwest Morocco in North Africa. It is a versatile tree that generates income and improves climate resilience and adaptation.

On this day #OTD

May 12

On this day #OTD

  • 1994 / Canadian Parliament passed Canada’s National Sport Act, which made lacrosse the national summer sport, and hockey the national winter sport.

Did you know? Lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports in North America. While at one point it was a field game or ritual played by First Nations, it became popular among non-Indigenous peoples in the mid-1800s.

  • 1870 / Manitoba becomes a province of Canada.

May 14

Did you know? Light pollution is a significant threat to migratory birds, causing disorientation when they fly at night, leading to collisions with buildings, perturbing their internal clocks, or interfering with their ability to undertake long-distance migrations.

May 15

On this day #OTD

  • 1872 / Nine Hour March

Did you know? On 15 May 1872, Hamilton’s “nine-hour pioneers” defied opposition with a procession of 1500 workers. The Nine Hour Movement goal was to standardize shorter working days. Though this particular mandate was unsuccessful, the movement did have an impact, including setting the foundation for the Canadian Labor Union.

Did you know? The Winnipeg General Strike was the largest one in Canadian history. More than 30,000 workers left their jobs. (infographic)

May 16

Did you know? Millions around the world follow the teachings of the Buddha. The Day of Vesak commemorates the birth, the attainment of enlightenment, and the passing away of the Buddha.

May 17

May 18

  • International Museum Day #IMD

May 19

On this day #OTD

  • 1955 / Birth of computer scientist James Arthur Gosling in Calgary, Alberta. He’s best known as the founder/lead designer of the Java programming language.

May 20

May 21

On this day #OTD

Did you know? Hopps was a co-developer for both the first artificial pacemaker and the first combined pacemaker-defibrillator. He was also the founder of the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society.

May 22

On this day #OTD

  • 1971 / Cinesphere, the world’s first permanent IMAX movie theatre opens in Toronto, Ontario.

Did you know? IMAX was invented by a trio of Canadian filmmakers — Graeme Ferguson, Roman Kroitor and Robert Kerr — in 1967.

  • 1838 / Last fatal duel recorded in Canada

Did you know? The last fatal duel recorded in Canada was between two military men in Verdun, Quebec. Lawyer and militia Colonel Robert Sweeny killed Major Henry Warde of the First Regiment of Foot (also known as “the Royals”)–who had sent a love letter to Sweeny’s wife.

May 23

Did you know? Victoria Day was established as a holiday in the Province of Canada in 1845 and as a national holiday in 1901. It is observed on the first Monday before 25 May.

On this day #OTD

  • 1873 / An Act of Parliament authorized the creation of the North-West Mounted Police; the prefix Royal was added 1904. Today, this is considered the official birthdate of the RCMP.

May 25

May 26

On this day #OTD

May 29

National AccessAbility Week, May 29-Jun 4

Did you know? More than 125,000 Canadians have served in UN peace operations and approximately 130 Canadians have died in peace operations (123 in UN missions).

On this day #OTD

  • 1914 / The Empress of Ireland sank in the St Lawrence River near Rimouski, Quebec.

Did you know? This was Canada’s worst maritime disaster: the ship sank in 14 minutes; 1014 passengers and crew died, while 465 managed to abandon the ship.

May 31