April is Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month

April is Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month
From photo by Konstantin Chernichkin, Reuters

In 2015, Canada passed a historic motion to recognize the month of April as Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month.

During this month, we honour the memory of the victims of genocide. Throughout history, the world has witnessed too many genocides—including the Armenian genocide, the Holodomor in Ukraine, the Holocaust, the Srebrenica massacre, the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, the genocide of the Yazidis and the Rohingya genocide, to name those that have been officially recognized by Canada’s House of Commons.

Canada has welcomed the survivors of these atrocities and the descendants of those who perished. As responsible citizens, we make a commitment to commemorate the victims and survivors of these atrocities. As educators, during this month we recommit to standing up against discrimination and prejudice in all their forms, no matter where they occur. As a world leader in human rights advocacy, Canada is uniquely placed to educate a more humane world for future generations.

HREC Education invites all educators to take time to reflect on these tragedies so we can learn to prevent them from happening again and to prevent hatred from taking root in our communities. We remember the victims of genocide so that we never lose sight of our collective responsibility to fight prejudice, hate and all other forms of discrimination. May we always remember and teach that Canada is stronger because of the diversity it embraces and recommit to protecting human rights and dignity everywhere.