Mayor Derek Corrigan proclaimed March 10 Tibet Day at Monday night's council meeting.
The proclamation was made at the beginning of the council meeting, with a Tibetan delegation in attendance.
It is the first time the day has been observed in Burnaby
though other municipalities have issued proclamations in the past.
Mati Bernabei, a faculty associate with Simon Fraser University's education department, spearheaded the initiative with a letter to Corrigan.
Corrigan presented the delegation with a copy of the proclamation, and was given a traditional Tibetan Khata in return.