This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy, January 30, 2022

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|January 30, 2022
This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy

In remembrance of the six million Jewish children, women, and men murdered in the Holocaust, the United Nations has designated January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, this year also marking the 77th anniversary of the Liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

A commemoration event with dignitaries and community members at the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa was live-streamed on Facebook. Watch it here.

More than thirty public venues in six provinces were illuminated to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a national effort organized by CIJA as part of the sixth annual World Jewish Congress #WeRemember campaign.


Initiated by Mayor Valérie Plante, The City of Montreal adopted a declaration on January 24 to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and reaffirm the City's commitment to combat antisemitism. The declaration also states that, together with its partners, Montreal will continue to raise awareness of the dangers of extremism and intolerance, an important step in the fight against antisemitism.

Recognizing the need for collective action to combat antisemitism, Toronto Mayor John Tory issued a proclamation to mark January 27, 2022, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Toronto as did Mayor Kennedy Stewart and the Vancouver City Council, both honouring the memory of the Survivors and victims of the Holocaust.

On January 21st, CIJA convened the first Summit for Municipal Leaders to discuss antisemitism in Ontario. More than 100 mayors, councillors, police, and other city officials participated in the Summit, chaired by Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua. At a time of rising antisemitism in cities all over the world, this was an important opportunity for Ontario municipal leaders to learn from the Jewish community, to share best practices and local initiatives, and to unite in combating antisemitism.

As Canadians marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce, with Minister Stan Cho and MPP Robin Martin, announced a new initiative to combat antisemitism in schools. This includes a grant to CIJA to develop classroom resources, targeted at students in grades 5-8, on the dangers of antisemitism.

Education is critical to combating hate and 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. CIJA has long called for a standardized national social studies curriculum focusing on antisemitism and the Holocaust that integrates into the overall Inclusion, Diversity and Equity program.

Montreal Tower, Champlain Bridge illuminated to remember The Holocaust | City News |

Le gouvernement ontarien investit dans la lutte contre l’antisémitisme dans les écoles |

WJC’s #WeRemember Campaign culminates with worldwide illumination of landmarks - World Jewish Congress

Algonquin stands with Jewish community on Holocaust Remembrance Day - North Bay News (

Ontario announces new plan, funding to combat antisemitism in schools | CityNews Toronto

Montreal Tower will be illuminated Thursday to commemorate Holocaust | Montreal Gazette

Opinion: Holocaust denial and distortion in COVID-19 era fueling antisemitism

NDP MPs criticized for ‘terrible’ social media comments on Ukraine-Russia crisis

Bevilacqua: ‘Antisemitism has no place’ in Vaughan, home to large Jewish community | The Star

Iconic BC spots will light up yellow for Holocaust Remembrance Day this week | News (

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