Press Release: CIJA Commends Vancouver City Council for Proclaiming January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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February 11, 2020

Press Release: CIJA Commends Vancouver City Council for Proclaiming January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Vancouver, BC – Today, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed a resolution proclaiming January 27 to be International Holocaust Remembrance Day in the City of Vancouver.

In response, Nico Slobinsky, Director of CIJA Pacific Region, issued the following:

“We commend Vancouver City Council for proclaiming January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, adding it to the official calendar of dates and commemorations for the city. We would like to recognize City Councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung, who introduced this motion to Council, for her continued friendship with the Jewish community in Vancouver. International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a significant opportunity to commemorate the millions of lives lost, and recognize the strength of Holocaust Survivors. On this Day, we pause to reflect upon the enduring lessons of the Holocaust and consider how they can be applied in our lives. 

As we continue to see the prevalence of antisemitism internationally and in Canada, it is our responsibility to remember the lessons of the Holocaust. We must work together to ensure that never again truly means never again.”

Additional Background:

  • The official resolution passed by Vancouver City Council can be found here.
  • Here is the link to the City of Vancouver’s official calendar of dates and commemorations.
  • The United Nations proclaimed January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in November 2005. Learn more here.

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations across Canada, including Federation of Greater Vancouver.

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