The Jewish Federation of Winnipeg and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) celebrate the Government of Manitoba’s adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Association’s (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism, announced by Premier Heather Stefanson and Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage, Andrew Smith, on October 27, 2022.
This historic announcement marked the culmination of years of advocacy by Manitoba’s organized Jewish community representatives, including the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg and CIJA. The decision to ratify the IHRA definition follows the examples set by the UN, the EU, and 30 countries including the US and Canada. It is also being used by Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta, and New Brunswick. Its adoption of IHRA signals that the Government of Manitoba recognizes the struggles faced by the Jewish community and that it stands in solidarity against Jew-hatred and all forms of hate.
Please send Premier Stefanson, Minister Smith, and the Government of Manitoba a note of thanks for adopting this gold-standard tool for defining antisemitism and for their commitment to apply it to government policies and actions.