Click on a section below to learn more about the history of ACSSU and its current council.
The Assyrian Chaldean Syriac Student Union (ACSSU) of Canada was founded in 1999 (formerly known as the Assyrian Canadian Student Union). Although we are very proud of our historic Assyrian name, we realize that as our Nation has persisted through thousands of years, it has adopted some names that our people continue to use today such as Chaldean and Syriac.
The only organization of its kind in Canada, ACSSU has branches at the University of Toronto, McMaster University, York University, and Ryerson University. Memberships include the affiliated colleges as well as the high schools in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton. At these universities, you can find our students vigorously raising awareness of our proud culture, history, and issues of human rights.
ACSSU holds an annual lecture series which has featured noted professors and speakers from all over the world. Numerous social events have forged lifetime bonds within our membership which includes students from different churches and regions. ACSSU holds an annual fundraiser, the proceeds of which are sent to the ChaldoAssyrian Students & Youth Union in Iraq to assist with their various projects and endeavours. The promotion of education within our community is one of the tenets of ACSSU. ACSSU has established two annual scholarships, the Luke Isaac Scholarship and Assyrian Heritage Scholarship as well as provides tutoring for high school students in different subjects.
ACSSU is dedicated to promoting our heritage and raising awareness of human rights issues. Ever since its creation our Student Union has been actively working in our community by organizing numerous student events and collaborating with other student unions and organizations by sitting on the organizing committee for annual events such as Akitu: Assyrian/Babylonian New Year and Genocide Commemoration Day and various other social justice causes.