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Armenian Community in Edmonton Commemorates the 100 Years of the Armenian Genocide

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On April 25, 2015 the Armenian community in Edmonton commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The cerevmony started by laying a wreath at the War memorial in Churchil square followed by a gathering at the library, were community members shared family stories.

Russian community in Edmonton also organized a memorial mass at the St. Barbara Catherdral, were 100 candles were lit to commemorate the Armenian Genocide.

Armenian community thanks Alexandre Voloboev and Olga Prokhorova and Alberta Interscience Association for their support in organizing this event!



Edmonton Journal April 24, 2015

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Armenian Community commemorates 100th anniversary of genocide

EDMONTON - The Armenian community in Edmonton is commemorating the 100th anniversary of what Pope Francis and Ottawa calls a genocide that resulted in the deaths of millions of Armenians.

Lilit Vardanyan, an organizer of the event, remembers the vivid stories of her grandfather and grandmother who were deported from Ottoman-era Turkey in 1915, at the ages of six and 17. Along with many other deportees, they were forced to walk across the barren desert to what is now the west border of Armenia, many dying along the way.

Her grandmother, “remembers her cousin carrying her, along with all the other deportees,” Vardanyan said. “The most vivid recollection she has is the smell as they walked past burning buildings.”

Using the word genocide to describe the event is controversial because it describes an intentional and wide-scale attempt to kill off an entire ethnic group.

The Turkish government denies that there was a planned genocide. Many countries, such as the United Kingdom, back its position. While Canada officially recognizes the 1915 Armenian slayings as genocide, other countries are careful not to use the term as it may strain their relations with Turkey.

Participants will meet Saturday at Winston Churchill Square at 1 p.m. and lay a wreath, made of purple forget-me-nots, at the Edmonton Cenotaph. Afterwards the group will meet at the Stanley A. Milner Library to share stories about the history of their families and engage in other cultural activities.

Vardanyan said the wreath is based on the one laid Friday in Yerevan, Armenia, during a commemoration ceremony.



Edmonton Sun, April 25, 2015

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Edmonton Sun, April 25, 2015
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Armenian genocide vigil

Much of Edmonton’s small Armenian community came out for a vigil at Churchill Square Saturday to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian genocide.

Roughly three dozen people marched across the square and laid a wreath in commemoration of the mass killing at the hands of the Ottoman Turks.

“Armenians all around the world, they have to remember the day, because this is the only way they can remember their ancestors, their great-grandparents who died during the genocide,” said co-organizer Anna Ketikyan, whose grandfather was a victim.

Surviving family members found it too painful to speak of the atrocities to Ketikyan when she was growing up.

She choked back tears as she remembered finding out for herself.

“When I watched the movies, it was really bad to see how people were tortured. And I’m ready to do everything for my kids, for my generation, to know the truth about this ... Somehow, in a very little way, they need to know what happened.”

Ketikyan is eternally grateful to Canada for taking her in but still misses her family in Armenia.

To this day, the mass killing of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians has not been recognized as a genocide by Turkey or several other countries, including the United States. The genocide has been acknowledged by Canada, the United Nations and more than 20 other countries.

“I don’t know how it is possible to heal the wound,” Ketikyan said.

“It’s the territory, it’s the soul of the nation there.”

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Armenian Genocide Commemoration in Edmonton

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (160)
Dear Armenians and friends,


On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, we invite you to join fellow Armenians and supporters to lay flowers at the City Hall Cenotaph in Churchill Square in Edmonton, at 1 pm on Saturday, April 25, 2015. This will be followed by an official ceremony and light reception at the Stanley Milner Library at 1:30 pm, in room 7 (6th floor).

The official ceremony will include music, poetry, oral presentations and family stories about the genocide. Guests who wish to share their family story will have the opportunity to do so. We ask that each story be kept to 3 minutes in length.

Please bring one battery-operated tea light candle for the ceremony.

This annual event is organized by the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of Edmonton, in collaboration with the Armenian Association of Alberta, Edmonton branch (commonly known as the Armenian Community in Edmonton) and the St. Narek Church.

Map / Carte

https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Sir+Winston+Churchill+Square,+Edmonton,+AB+T5J/@53.5456092,-113.490051,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x53a0224f85d63fab:0xfdfc5946d4de57d2

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http://genocidecentennial.ca/

http://www.armeniancommunityinedmonton.com/



Chers Arméniens et amis,


À l’occasion du centenaire du génocide Arménien, vous êtes invités à déposer des fleurs au cénotaphe d’Edmonton à Churchill Square, le samedi 25 avril 2015 à 13h. Une cérémonie officielle et un goûter léger suivront, à la salle 7 de la bibliothèque Stanley Milner (au 6e étage) à 13h30.

La cérémonie officielle inclura des présentations et des histoires de famille par rapport au génocide, de la poésie et de la musique. Ceux et celles qui désirent partager leur histoire de famille auront la chance de le faire. On demanderait que chaque présentation soit limitée à environ 3 minutes. 

SVP amenez un lampion à piles pour la cérémonie.

Cette commémoration annuelle est organisée par le comité local du Centenaire du Génocide des Arméniens, en collaboration avec l’Association arménienne de l’Alberta- Edmonton et l’église arménienne St. Narek.

The Saints of Genocide

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Pope Holds Centennial Mass, Condemns Genocide Denial (Video)

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Pope Francis held Solemn Mass for the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide today, during which he remembered “the first genocide of the 20th century,” spoke about the consequences of forgetting and denial, and proclaimed the Armenian Saint Gregory of Narek a Doctor of the Church. Catholicoi Karekin II and Aram I, along with Patriarch Catholicos Nerses Bedros XIX, arrived at the Basilica of Saint Peter with Pope Francis. Armenian President Serge Sarkisian was also present at the Holy Mass.

Pope Francis held Solemn Mass for the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide.

Pope Francis holds a Solemn Mass for the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide.

In his powerful remarks, Pope Francis spoke about three major tragedies of the past century: “The first, which is widely considered ‘the first genocide of the 20th century,’ struck your own Armenian people, the first Christian nation, as well as Catholic and Orthodox Syrians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, and Greeks,”said Pope Francis. “Bishops and priests, religious, women and men, the elderly, and even defenseless children and the infirm were murdered. The remaining two were perpetrated by

In strong terms, Pope Francis condemned the failure to remember and the act of denial, which he said only kept wounds festering and bleeding. “Dear Armenian Christians, today, with hearts filled with pain but at the same time with great hope in the risen Lord, we recall the centenary of that tragic event, that immense and senseless slaughter whose cruelty your forebears had to endure,” he said, stressing, “It is necessary, and indeed a duty, to honor their memory, for whenever memory fades, it means that evil allows wounds to fester. Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it!”

Dear Armenian Christians, today, with hearts filled with pain but at the same time with great hope in the risen Lord, we recall the centenary of that tragic event, that immense and senseless slaughter whose cruelty your forebears had to endure. It is necessary, and indeed a duty, to honor their memory, for whenever memory fades, it means that evil allows wounds to fester. Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it!

Pope Francis lamented that the “enthusiasm” for preventing genocides created after World War II was “dissipating,” as evidenced by inaction in the face of today’s atrocities.

“It seems that the human family has refused to learn from its mistakes caused by the law of terror, so that today too there are those who attempt to eliminate others with the help of a few and with the complicit silence of others who simply stand by. We have not yet learned that ‘war is madness,’ ‘senseless slaughter,’” said Pope Francis.

“In the firm certainty that evil never comes from God, who is infinitely good, and standing firm in faith, let us profess that cruelty may never be considered God’s work and, what is more, can find absolutely no justification in his Holy Name,” Pope Francis added.

At the end of the Mass, His Holiness Karekin II, His Holiness Aram I, and His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX offered their remarks. Throughout the Mass, Armenian Church hymns were sung.

The English translation of the Pope’s remarks, as published by Vatican Radio, is below.

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Greeting of the Holy Father

Mass for the Faithful of the Armenian Rite

April 12, 2015

On a number of occasions I have spoken of our time as a time of war, a third world war which is being fought piecemeal, one in which we daily witness savage crimes, brutal massacres and senseless destruction. Sadly, today too we hear the muffled and forgotten cry of so many of our defenseless brothers and sisters who, on account of their faith in Christ or their ethnic origin, are publicly and ruthlessly put to death—decapitated, crucified, burned alive—or forced to leave their homeland.

Today too we are experiencing a sort of genocide created by general and collective indifference, by the complicit silence of Cain, who cries out: “What does it matter to me? Am I my brother’s keeper?” (cf. Gen 4:9; Homily in Redipuglia, Sept. 13, 2014).

In the past century our human family has lived through three massive and unprecedented tragedies. The first, which is widely considered “the first genocide of the 20th century” (JOHN PAUL II and KAREKIN II, Common Declaration, Etchmiadzin, Sept. 27, 2001), struck your own Armenian people, the first Christian nation, as well as Catholic and Orthodox Syrians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, and Greeks. Bishops and priests, religious, women and men, the elderly, and even defenseless children and the infirm were murdered. The remaining two were perpetrated by Nazism and Stalinism. And more recently there have been other mass killings, like those in Cambodia, Rwanda, Burundi, and Bosnia. It seems that humanity is incapable of putting a halt to the shedding of innocent blood. It seems that the enthusiasm generated at the end of the Second World War has dissipated and is now disappearing. It seems that the human family has refused to learn from its mistakes caused by the law of terror, so that today too there are those who attempt to eliminate others with the help of a few and with the complicit silence of others who simply stand by. We have not yet learned that “war is madness,” “senseless slaughter” (cf. Homily in Redipuglia, Sept. 13, 2014).

Dear Armenian Christians, today, with hearts filled with pain but at the same time with great hope in the risen Lord, we recall the centenary of that tragic event, that immense and senseless slaughter whose cruelty your forebears had to endure. It is necessary, and indeed a duty, to honor their memory, for whenever memory fades, it means that evil allows wounds to fester. Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it!

I greet you with affection and I thank you for your witness.

With gratitude for his presence, I greet Mr. Serge Sarkisian, the President of the Republic of Armenia.

My cordial greeting goes also to my brother Patriarchs and Bishops: His Holiness Kerekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia; His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX, Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian Catholics; and Catholicosates of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Patriarchate of the Armenian Catholic Church.

In the firm certainty that evil never comes from God, who is infinitely good, and standing firm in faith, let us profess that cruelty may never be considered God’s work and, what is more, can find absolutely no justification in his Holy Name. Let us continue this celebration by fixing our gaze on Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, victor over death and evil!

 

 

 

Pope Francis Calls Slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turkey Genocide

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Pope Francis conducting Holy Mass for the faithful of Armenian Rite.

Pope Francis led a Holy Mass for the faithful of Armenian Rite at the Vatican on April 12. During the mass, Pope Francis said that the slaughter of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire was the first genocide of the 20th Century.

“In the past century our human family has lived through three massive and unprecedented tragedies. The first, which is widely considered ‘the first genocide of the 20th century,’ struck your own Armenian people,” the pontiff said during the mass.

“It seems that the human family has refused to learn from its mistakes caused by the law of terror, so that today too there are those who attempt to eliminate others with the help of a few and with the complicit silence of others who simply stand by,” he continued.

According to the Associated Press, Turkey’s embassy to the Holy See canceled a planned news conference for Sunday, presumably after learning that the pope would utter the word “genocide” over its objections.

Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia and His Beautitude Nerses Bedros XIX, Catholicos Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian Catholics took part in the Holy Mass.

Armenian Church hymns were sung during the entirety of the mass, with the traditional Armenian duduk making its first ever appearance in St. Peter’s Basilica. At the end of the Mass, a requiem was held for the souls of the 1.5 million Armenians who perished during the genocide led by His Beautitude Nerses Bedros XIX, His Holiness Karekin II and His Holiness Aram I. All three Armenian Church leaders made concluding speeches.

His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians was the first to offer his remarks at the end of the Papal Mass. He said that the centuries-old friendship of the two churches was significant and thanked Pope Francis for his solidarity in brotherhood. He said that humanity was not able to stop the Armenian Genocide nor condemn it, and as a result had to bear witness to more genocides. His Holiness went on to say that in this 100th year, the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, its condemnation and restitution is an imperative for the world.

His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia also offered his remarks. “In fact, the Armenian Genocide is an unforgettable and undeniable fact of history, deeply rooted in the annals of modern history and in the common consciousness of the Armenian people, therefore any attempt to erase it from history and our common memory is doomed to fail. In fact in 1915, 1.5 million Armenians were victims of a genocide carefully planned and systematically executed by the Ottoman Empire of the time. Not only did we lose 1.5 million Armenians, but thousands of Armenian monasteries, churches, community centers, objects of spiritual and cultural immense value were destroyed, lost or confiscated. They still remain confiscated, including the Armenian Catholicosate in Sis. We cannot forget this first genocide of the 20th century this crime against humanity. Your Holiness, according to international law, genocide is a crime against humanity and international sets out clearly that condemnation, recognition and reparation of genocide are closely linked. The Armenian cause is a cause of justice and as we well know, justice is not human made, it’s a gift of God, therefore the violation of justice is a sin against God. On the centenary of the Armenian Genocide, our martyrs today challenge us to reaffirm our commitment to justice and human dignity and human rights.” His Holiness went on to say that during the Genocide, Pope Benedict XV made countless calls to halt the atrocities being realized against the Armenian nation. “We never forget the continuous assistance and solidarity of the Church towards the Armenians, that is to say towards justice.”

His Beautitude Nerses Bedros XIX addressed the congregation in Italian. He said that at the conclusion of this emotional Papal Mass, where St. Gregory of Narek was proclaimed as Doctor of the Church, “all of us present, in particular the Armenian faithful, are full of gratitude.” All those who have read the pages of Narek, he said, will be filled with the spirit and soul of Narek, who lived and worked in the 10th century. He said that the Armenians were victims of the Genocide because of their Christian faith.

During the Papal Mass, St. Gregory of Narek, a 10th century Armenian mystic was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Francis, a title bestowed on only 35 other people. It is reserved for those who have ‘greatly served the universal church.’

 

Edmonton Ceremony of the Commemoration of the 100 years of the Armenian Genocide

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--UN MESSAGE EN FRANÇAIS SUIVRA--

 

Dear Armenians and friends,

 

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, we invite you to join fellow Armenians and supporters to lay flowers at the City Hall Cenotaph in Churchill Square in Edmonton, at 1 pm on Saturday, April 25, 2015. This will be followed by an official ceremony and light reception at the Stanley Milner Library at 1:30 pm, in room 7 (6th floor).

 

The official ceremony will include music, poetry, oral presentations and family stories about the genocide. Guests who wish to share their family story will have the opportunity to do so. We ask that each story be kept to 3 minutes in length.

 

Please bring one battery-operated tea light candle for the ceremony.

 

This annual event is organized by the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of Edmonton, in collaboration with the Armenian Association of Alberta, Edmonton branch (commonly known as the Armenian Community in Edmonton) and the St. Narek Church.

 

Map / Carte

 

https://www.google.ca/…/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x53a0224f8…;

 

Links / Liens

 

http://genocidecentennial.ca/

http://www.armeniancommunityinedmonton.com/

 

Chers Arméniens et amis,

 

À l’occasion du centenaire du génocide Arménien, vous êtes invités à déposer des fleurs au cénotaphe d’Edmonton à Churchill Square, le samedi 25 avril 2015 à 13h. Une cérémonie officielle et un goûter léger suivront, à la salle 7 de la bibliothèque Stanley Milner (au 6e étage) à 13h30.

 

La cérémonie officielle inclura des présentations et des histoires de famille par rapport au génocide, de la poésie et de la musique. Ceux et celles qui désirent partager leur histoire de famille auront la chance de le faire. On demanderait que chaque présentation soit limitée à environ 3 minutes.

 

SVP amenez un lampion à piles pour la cérémonie.

 

Cette commémoration annuelle est organisée par le comité local du Centenaire du Génocide des Arméniens, en collaboration avec l’Association arménienne de l’Alberta- Edmonton et l’église arménienne St. Narek.


 

Hisus - Sibil Pektorosoglu

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Pope Francis will formally proclaim a 10th-century Armenian monk as a doctor of the church when he celebrates a liturgy April 12.

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Pope Francis will formally proclaim a 10th-century Armenian monk as a doctor of the church when he celebrates a liturgy April 12 with leaders and faithful of the Armenian Catholic Church, Catholic Philly reports.

 

The Vatican had announced in February the pope’s decision to confer the title “doctor of the church” on St. Gregory of Narek. The title indicates that the saint’s writings are considered to offer key theological insights for the faith.

 

Earlier, the Vatican had announced that the pope would celebrate a liturgy April 12 with members of the Armenian community, who are preparing to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide April 24. An estimated 1.5 million Armenians — more than half the Armenian population at the time — died in a forced evacuation from their traditional territory in the Ottoman Turkish Empire from 1915 to 1918. Turkey rejects the accusation of Genocide, saying the deaths were due largely to disease and famine.

 

Pope Francis will concelebrate the liturgy with Armenian Catholic Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, the Vatican said.

St. Gregory of Narek is considered one of the leading figures of Armenian theology and thought, and many of his prayers are included in the Armenian Divine Liturgy.

 

His best-known writings include a commentary on the Song of Songs and his “Book of Lamentations,” now commonly known as “Narek.”

 

“Narek” is considered his masterpiece. It includes 95 prayers and has been translated into more than 30 languages.

 

Designating him a doctor of the church, Pope Francis will bring to 36 the number of saintly theologians to hold the title.

Cyprus Criminalizes Denial Of Armenian Genocide

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Cyprus Criminalizes Denial Of Armenian Genocide -

Azatutyun - In a move hailed by Armenia, Cyprus enacted on Thursdaya law making it a crime to publicly deny the 1915 Armenian genocide in Ottoman Turkey.

A bill unanimously passed by the Cypriot parliament made corresponding changes in the country’s existing legislation dealing with denial of crimes against humanity. Until now it required prior rulings by international courts.

“Today is a historic day,” the parliament speaker, Yiannakis Omirou, said, according to the Reuters news agency. “It allows parliament to restore, with unanimous decisions and resolutions, historical truths.”

The east Mediterranean island, partly occupied by Turkey since 1974, was one of the first countries worldwide in 1975 to recognize as genocide the World War One-era slaughter of some 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks. Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades is one of the world leaders expected to attend the April 24 commemorations in Yerevan of the 100th anniversary
of the genocide.

Predictably, Armenia was quick to commend the Greek Cypriots for criminalizing genocide denial. “This is a symbolic event coming on the eve of the centenary of the Armenian Genocide,” Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said in a written statement.

“With the passage of this bill Cyprus has made an important contribution to the noble task of preventing genocides and crimes against humanity,” added Nalbandian.

The passage of the Cypriot bill coincided with a visit to Nicosia by an Armenian parliamentary delegation headed by speaker Galust Sahakian. The latter was due to meet with Omirou on Thursday.

There was no immediate reaction to the development from Ankara.

Official Yerevan reacted just as positively to the passage in recent years of similar bills by the parliaments of Switzerland, Slovakia and Greece. The French parliament also criminalized Armenian genocide denial in 2012. However, France’s highest court subsequently declared the move unconstitutional, citing French legislation guaranteeing freedom of speech.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) cited similar grounds when it struck down in 2013 a Swiss court ruling against a Turkish politician who branded the Armenian genocide an “international lie” during a lecture tour in Switzerland.

The Swiss government responded by appealing against the ECHR verdict. The Strasbourg-based court’s Grand Chamber opened hearings on the appeal, strongly backed by the Armenian government, in January.

Ladies lunch on April 4th

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Dear ladies,

We are planning ladies lunch on April 4th at 1pm. Every lady in our community is welcome!

Address: Mikado south-side, 1903-98 Street Edmonton, AB T6N1L5

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Armenian community in Edmonton and St. Narek Parish Council

Making forget-me-not - symbol of Armenian Genocide Centennial

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Armenian Genocide Conference Kicks Off at the Sorbonne

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French Minister of Education and Research Najat Vallaud-Belkacem -- accompanied by historian Yves Ternon, President of the Academie de Paris François Weil, and President of the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences Pierre-Cyrille Hautcoeur -- greets Mourad Papazian at the Sorbonne ahead of delivering a keynote speech to open an academic conference on the Armenian Genocide. March 25, 2015. (Photo: Nouvelles d'Arménie)

PARIS—An international conference organized by the International Scientific Council for the study of the Armenian Genocide (CSI) titled, “Genocide of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in the Great War, 1915-2015: One Hundred Years of Research” opened at the Sorbonne on March 25. The three day conference is held under the patronage of French President Francois Hollande.

This exceptional event has brought together dozens of renowned researchers and historians from around the world.

French Minister of Education and Research, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, inaugurated the international symposium, delivering a powerful speech recounting the dark hours of the first genocide of the twentieth century. She said, “The rigorous study of sources, testimonies of survivors, and documents have established the truth of the Armenian Genocide.”

Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem will attend the commemorations of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide in Yerevan on April 24 with President Hollande.

 

March 26, 2015 Motion to be Introduced in Canadian parliament to declare April Genocide Remembrance Month

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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

 

Ottawa – 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

Genocide 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 motion.

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.

Motion 587

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.

 

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  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.

New Web Site Assesses Armenian Genocide Losses

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Web Site Assesses Armenian Genocide Losses -

Yerevan – Armenian Genocide Losses 1915, http://armeniangenocidelosses.am/, is a new web site created by an independent research group in Armenia. “The goal is to provide a framework for informed discussion on the extent of the harm resulting from this genocide.”

 It presents a formula based on international norms and precedents, which call for reversible harm to be reversed and irreversible harm to be compensated. Reversible harm includes land, property and rights that can be restored. Irreversible harm includes lost lives, destroyed property, and other intangible harm caused and benefit gained by delay and denial of the Armenian Genocide. The total harm caused and benefit gained from the Armenian Genocide is estimated to be in excess of $3 trillion.

 The site takes as a starting point the 1919 Armenian Claim at the Paris Peace conference, which had both monetary and land/property restoration components. It also adds delay damages for the 100 years of denial and delay in resolving the Armenian Genocide.

 As show in bar charts, the mix of reversible and irreversible harm is subject to adjustment, depending on political will. The more land, property and rights that are restored, the less monetary compensation that is due for irreversible harm, and vice versa. The site considers four scenarios for land restoration ranging from current-day Armenia and Artsakh to the 1919 Armenian Homeland claim from the Black to Mediterranean Seas made at the Paris Peace Conference.

 Somewhat unique in its approach, the site recognizes that in addition to direct perpetrators there were other complicit parties and beneficiaries before, during and after the Armenian Genocide. A pie chart allocates the harm caused and benefits gained to various countries and peoples. These include the Turkey, its WWI Allies Germany, and Austro-Hungary, the Kurds, and the Great Powers, whose policies and actions factored into the Armenian Genocide and the obstruction of its timely resolution, such as, England, Russia, France, Italy, the US and later Israel.

Delay damages were calculated using present value and the time value of money and property. Delay damages also includes deprivation of access to the Armenian ancestral homeland for 100 years, interference with maintenance of cultural heritage, and the emotional distress associated with denial of the crime, delay in justice, and witnessing the depredation of one’s nation and homeland.

Irreversible harm includes post-1919 destruction of life, real and immovable property, injuries and refugee maintenance costs, destroyed and desecrated cultural heritage, lost revenues from natural resources and transit rights, stolen property, costs of continued discrimination, oppression and persecution of Armenians in Turkey, as well as projected revenues from national patrimony, including natural resources (minerals, hydrocarbons) and continued costs to Armenia of blockade and lack of access to the sea.

The site makes the case that assessment of the harm is essential to recognition and rectification of the crime. Although justifying the need for compensation, the site comes to the sobering conclusion that “although compensation cannot make the victims whole, it can help the perpetrators and beneficiaries find the redemption they need:  if not for themselves, for humanity’s sake; if not for this generation, for future generations.”  

Download the PDF version here

http://armeniangenocidelosses.am/pdf/Armenian_Genocide_Losses_Eng.pdf

The first European coffee-shops were established by Armenians.

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (304)

The first European coffee-shops were established by Armenians.

It’s true – coffee doesn’t grow in Armenia. Never has, probably never will. The origins of that drink, today one of the most valuable traded commodities of the world, are to be found in a region of Ethiopia known as Kaffa. The story goes that a goatherd was surprised by the increased energy of his animals after they munched on the beans of a plant. Those beans, roasted and ground, brewed and drunk, turned out to have the same effect on humans.

From Ethiopia, through the Arab world, up through the Ottoman lands, those beans made their way into the hands of the traders and merchants who plied the routes from east to Middle East to Near East to Europe – Armenians included, arguably foremost among them.

The very first coffee houses in Vienna and in Paris were opened by Armenians. Johannes Diodato (or Hovhannes Astvatsatour, translating “God-given” – a very apt name for someone who pioneered dealing in coffee, as many would agree) led the way in the Hapsburg territories in the late 17th century, while one Pascal opened the first coffee-shop in Paris in 1672, followed by another Armenian, Maliban, that same year. Armenian fashions were in use in decorating the coffee-houses of that time. There is even an example of a coffee merchant referring to himself as “a naturalized Armenian” in a French play from 1696.

There are indications that early coffee-houses in London and in Prague were likewise established by Armenians. The social and political roles that such coffee-houses played in the following centuries are reflected in the café cultures of European capitals going strong until today, and emulated elsewhere on the continent and all over the world.

One word on the word. “Coffee” and its variants, such as “café”, “Kaffee”, “qahwa”, “kahve”, or “kofe”, dominate the name of the drink in just about all languages, except for two. One is from the original birthplace of the drink – in Amharic, a language of Ethiopia, it is called “buna” (which is also the word for “coffee bean” in Arabic). And the other is, of course, Armenian, which calls coffee “soorj” or “soorch” (in Western and Eastern pronunciation respectively). The origins of that word, which dates from at least 1787, are not clear. It could be a corruption of “sev choor” or “sev joor”, meaning “black water”, or it could be from the sound made when slurping a piping hot brew.

This day 100 years ago

Posted on March 16, 2015 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)


100 years ago this day, Azg published Catholicos of All Armenians’ address heads of dioceses.

The full text of the encyclical is available here: http://armeniangenocide100.org/en/100-years-ago-en/1915/03/16/

Genealogy - Don't Deny (Armenia) 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

Posted on March 15, 2015 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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