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e-2740 (Education and training)

Initiated by Arthur Leader from ottawa, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • The number of anti-Semitic incidents in Canada rose in 2019 to more than six incidents each day;
  • Canada has demonstrated a commitment to remembrance and Holocaust education through bilateral relationships and engagement in international organizations;
  • Holocaust education sensitizes Canadians to the role racist ideology and government propaganda played in the systematic murder of millions of Jews and other persecuted groups;
  • Holocaust education will help young Canadians understand the dangers of indifference to the oppression of others and to those sowing destructive messages of hate and racism;
  • Holocaust deniers and those who distort the true nature of the Holocaust use the Internet and online forums to spread hate and dishonour those who were persecuted and murdered by the Nazis; and
  • Fewer Holocaust survivors are able to share their knowledge and individual experience, while fewer youths are aware of the atrocities survivors witnessed and endured.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to address this national challenge that threatens and erodes the multicultural, pluralistic nature of Canadian society, and:
1. Build upon its previous investments in Holocaust education, research and remembrance initiatives;
2. Determine the current availability of Holocaust education, including content and best pedagogical practices identified by Holocaust educators across Canada;
3. Identify strategies to reach youth, especially those not in the education system, who are targeted by racist and hate propaganda online; and
4. Urgently provide funds to Canadian community organizations to preserve the testimonies of Holocaust survivors thereby educating Canadians about the destructive impact of hate and intolerance on the Charter freedoms of current and future generations.
Open for signature
July 23, 2020, at 10:37 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
November 20, 2020, at 10:37 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Anita Vandenbeld
Ottawa West—Nepean
Liberal Caucus
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