Canada : May 18 as Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day..!

Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day at Albert Campbell Square – Scarborough Civic Centre

Event Details
The National Coalition of Canadian Tamils presents an annual gathering of remembrance in Scarborough. Organizers are asking the Canadian government to recognize war crimes against Tamil people in Sri Lanka constitute a genocide

(Saturday) 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Albert Campbell Square – Scarborough Civic Centre

150 Borough Drive, Toronto ON, M1P 4N7

Mayor of Toronto marks May 18 as Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day

The Mayor of Toronto, John Tory, proclaimed May 18 2019 as “Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day” in a statement released today.

The statement, said,

“Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day is an opportunity for us to honour and memorialise those impacted by the armed conflict in Sri Lanka. The armed conflict in Sri Lanka caused the persecution of innocent people, displaced many and caused many to seek refuge elsewhere. We gather on this solemn day to remember, to commit to ensuring that such tragedy is never repeated and to continue to seek justice

Of the 300,000 Tamils that now call Canada their home, many ha come to Toronto to put down new roots. Tamils in Toronto have played an integral role in our success and continue to contribute to the social, economic, political and cultural fabric of this great city.

The City of Toronto recognises that atrocities were committed during the war and that there is a need for truth seeking and proper accountability for those who were responsible. Just as you stand with us in building a great city, we stand with you in remembering those we lost, and commit to supporting long term peace accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

Now therefore, I Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May18 2019 as ‘Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day’ in the City of Toronto.” 


Moved by: mayor patrick brown

Seconded by: councillor Pat Fortini

Passed. 10-0

WHEREAS, The Tamil people, living in their traditional homeland in North-East Sri Lanka, were subjected to severe persecution and injustice by the rulers of the Government of Sri Lanka after the independence Granted by British in 1948, including widespread massacres, usurpation of land and property, and acts of wanton destruction; and

WHEREAS, the horrible experience of the Tamils at the hands of their oppressors culminated in 2009 what is known as the ‘‘Genocide of the Twenty first Century;” and

WHEREAS, The Tamil Genocide began with the arrest, exile, and murder of thousands of Tamil intellectuals, and political, religious leaders; and

WHEREAS, the regime in control of Sri Lanka planned and executed the unspeakable atrocities committed against the Tamil people from 1958 through 2009, which included the torture, starvation, and murder of more than 100,000 Tamils; and

WHEREAS, newspapers in Canada commonly carried headlines such as “Toronto’s Hidden Genocide,” “Thousands protest Tamil Genocide,” and “How the world should react to Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields…”; and

WHEREAS, Unlike other peoples and governments that have admitted and denounced the abuses and crimes of predecessor regimes, and despite the overwhelming weight of evidence, adamantly denied the occurrence of the crimes against humanity and genocide, and those denials compound the grief of the remaining survivors of the atrocities, desecrate the memory of the victims, and cause continuing trauma and pain to the descendants of the victims; and

WHEREAS, the passage of time and the fact that few survivors remain who serve as reminders of indescribable brutality and torment, compel a sense of urgency in efforts to solidify recognition and reaffirmation of historical truth; and

WHEREAS, Canada has become home to one of the largest population of Tamils from Sri Lanka, and those citizens have enriched our country through leadership in the fields of academia, medicine, business, agriculture, government, and the arts and are proud and patriotic practitioners of Canadian citizenship;

Therefore Be It Resolved That the City of Brampton:

(a) Endorse the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) findings on Sri Lanka’s crimes against humanity and UNHRC HighCommissioner’s recent call for Sri Lanka to enact legislation to criminalize war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide; and

(b) Recognize that these crimes against the Tamil Nation in Sri Lanka constitute a genocide; and

(c) Recognize that May 18th as Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day as commemorated by Tamil Canadians every year for the last 9 years; and to educate others about the tragic loss of life, land, and human rights of the Tamil Nation and the crimes of genocide committed against them; and

(d) Send a copy of this Resolution to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), and Brampton Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs). 

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