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Antisemitism and Holocaust education

Education is critical to combating hate and antisemitism. In a 2021 nationwide Jewish community Town Hall, education was the top priority for Jewish Canadians in combating antisemitism. The Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Survey conducted by the Claims Conference demonstrated that an alarming 22% of Canadian millennials have not heard, or are unsure if they have heard, of the Holocaust; and 62% of Canadian millennials were not aware that six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust. We must keep the torch of memory alive for future generations. According to a CIJA survey, 84% of those surveyed said they were concerned that Jewish students will be excluded at school because of their Jewish identity. While academic institutions have taken steps to teach and promote diversity, information pertaining to antisemitism, the Holocaust, and Jewish lived experience is omitted or, worse, dismissed. 

Recommendation

Developing, based on experts’ research, a standardized national social studies curriculum focusing on antisemitism and the Holocaust that integrates into the overall IDE (Inclusion, Diversity and Equity) program and extends it beyond the current frameworks, which will benefit not only Jews but also all at-risk communities. 

Furthering the implementation of the IHRA definition of antisemitism and developing an IHRA handbook to explain and guide the application of the IHRA definition. This handbook can be modelled after the European Union’s Handbook for the practical use of the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism.

Question for Candidates

Will you support the creation of a standardized national social studies curriculum that focuses on antisemitism and the Holocaust and is informed by expert research?

Election Resources

CIJA has been working with Elections Canada to protect democratic participation for Jewish Canadians. As with past elections, in this election, citizens will have many ways and days to vote.