JERUSALEM, Israel, June 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Tim Uppal, Minister of State
for Multiculturalism, is attending Yad Vashem's International 60th
Anniversary Mission to Israel on behalf of the Government of Canada,
highlighting Canada's continued efforts to promote Holocaust
remembrance, education and research.
Yad Vashem, Israel's official living memorial to Jewish victims of the
Holocaust, is the world center for documentation, research, education
and commemoration of the Holocaust. To mark the 60th anniversary since
its creation, Yad Vashem is leading an international mission through
Poland and Israel to educate participants on the horrors Jews faced
during the Holocaust. This mission will also allow participants to
experience first-hand the remarkable range of activities conducted by
Minister Uppal is attending the Israel portion of the mission,
demonstrating Canada's position as a world leader in the global fight
against anti-Semitism and the government's commitment to Holocaust
commemoration. Canada's recent efforts to promote Holocaust education
and remembrance include the development of a National Holocaust
Monument, to be unveiled in Ottawa in fall 2015. In addition, Canada
chaired the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) from
March 2013 to February 2014. Canada continues to work closely with IHRA
as an active member country.
Canada has been profoundly shaped by approximately 40,000 Holocaust
survivors, who resettled across the country after World War II.
In 2011, Canada was the first country to sign the Ottawa Protocol on
Combating Anti-Semitism, an international action plan to help nations
measure their progress in the fight against anti-Semitism.
Canada joined IHRA in 2009 and was named Chair in March 2013.
Yad Vashem was established in 1953.
"I'm proud to take part in this important mission to Israel to see the
significant initiatives undertaken by Yad Vashem to commemorate the
Holocaust and to reinforce Canada's dedication to combating
anti-Semitism in all its forms. Our government is committed to raising
awareness of the Holocaust, of the fate of its victims and of the
resilience of those that survived. Over the coming days, I look forward
not only to participating in the many tours and presentations of the
mission but also to bringing the important lessons Yad Vashem is
teaching to Canada."
Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism)
Canadian Chair Year of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance
Canada and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance
National Holocaust Monument
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