Motion to be Introduced in Canadian parliament to declare April Genocide Remembrance Month -
Motion to be Introduced in House of Commons to declare April Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month
– The Armenian National Committee of Canada (ANCC) is proud to have
worked closely with Mr. Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga –
Streetsville (Conservative) on a motion to declare April as
Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month and, among other things,
to mark April 24 of each year as Armenian Genocide Memorial Day.
The ANCC urges all Canadians
dedicated to the cause of preventing future genocides and properly
recognizing past genocides to make their voices heard by writing or
calling their Members of Parliament and asking them to vote for this
ANCC President Dr. Girair Basmajian
said “This motion reaffirms Canada’s commitment to the important cause
of genocide prevention and recognizes that the first step to prevention
is to ensure that we remember and condemn past genocides.” Dr.
Basmajian further stated “We are very grateful that this motion
designates April 24 as Armenian Genocide Memorial Day so that all
Canadians can join with the Armenian community to work to prevent future
genocides, which is especially important in light of the religiously
and ethnically motivated violence against minorities currently taking
place in Iraq and Syria.”
The Genocide Remembrance,
Condemnation and Prevention Month motion was published on the Notice
Paper today, which is the first step that must be taken before the
motion can be introduced in the House of Commons and then brought to a
vote. It is expected that the motion will be formally introduced in the
House of Commons next week by Mr. Butt. It is also expected that other
Members of Parliament will speak in favour of the motion at that time.
It is not yet clear when the motion would be approved.
The Genocide Remembrance,
Condemnation and Prevention Month motion recalls that Canada has
officially recognized four genocides (the Holocaust, the Holodomor, the
Rwandan Tutsi Genocide and the Armenian Genocide) and that three of
these genocides have a memorial day in April, so it is appropriate to
designate April of each year as Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month.
The ANCC notes that the designation of April 24 of each year as Armenian
Genocide Memorial Day in this motion is the first time that any
Canadian federal government body has formally recognized April 24 as
Armenian Genocide Memorial Day.
March 26, 2015- Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville, gave notice for a motion today. Motion 587 reads:
That this House re-affirm its support for
(a) the Holocaust Memorial Day Act, which received Royal Assent on November 7, 2003;
(b) the Armenian genocide recognition resolution, adopted on April 21, 2004;
(c) the Rwandan genocide resolution, adopted on April 7, 2008; and
(d) the Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (“Holodomor”) Memorial Day Act, which received Royal Assent on May 29, 2008;
That this House call upon the
Government of Canada to honour the victims of all genocides by
recognizing the month of April as Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and
Prevention Month; and
That this House acknowledge the associated commemorative days of
(a) Yom ha-Shoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, as determined by the Jewish Lunar calendar;
(b) Armenian Genocide Memorial Day, April 24;
(c) Rwandan Genocide Memorial Day, April 7; and
(d) Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (“Holodomor”) Memorial Day, fourth Saturday in November.
The ANCC is the largest and the
most influential Armenian-Canadian grassroots human rights organization.
Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and
supporters throughout Canada and affiliated organizations around the
world, the ANCC actively advances the concerns of the Armenian-Canadian
community on a broad range of issues and works to eliminate abuses of
human rights throughout Canada and the world.