Tamil Canadians along with the diaspora community world over launched an awareness campaign on social media platforms to mobilize governments and school boards on the importance of Tamil Genocide education.
The campaign Truth, Identity & Me had reached momentum on social media where individuals posted a photo of themselves with the tagline “I am Tamil, and Genocide is a part of my identity”. The campaign called for Tamils to stay connected by their history, culture and identity. The movement was also in response to a recent decision by the Peel District School Board to issue an apology on the tweet it earlier posted in support of recognizing Tamil Genocide. The apology came after receiving complaints from Pro-Sri Lankan individuals and organizations.
Tamil Canadians rejected the Sri Lankan identity by calling for recognition of the genocide perpetuated by decades of ethnic cleansing by Sri Lankan Armed Forces. Tamils will not align within a unitary state which advocated for the killing of thousands of its people. The righteous demand for self-determination is based on the homeland, language, culture and history of Tamils.
Sri Lanka through foreign diplomatic embassies and its proxy organizations operating in Canada have been waging pressure on opposing elected officials and educational systems on the recognition of Tamil Genocide. Sri Lanka continues to deny the ethnic cleansing of Eelam Tamils. On May 18th various elected officials from all levels of governments showed solidarity and recognized of Tamil Genocide. It has come to light that the Sri Lankan High Commissioner Asoka Girihagama stationed in Ottawa has sent letters to politicians who have voiced their support to the Tamil community. These letters deny that the state of Sri Lanka has committed atrocities and war crimes against Tamil nation in the island.
A bill tabled by MPP Vijay Thanigasalam, Bill 104 – Tamil Genocide Education Week is receiving attention from Sri Lankan proxy organizations. The Bill proclaims the seven-day period in each year ending on May 18 as Tamil Genocide Education Week. During that period, all Ontarians are encouraged to educate themselves about, and to maintain their awareness of, the Tamil genocide and other genocides that have occurred in world history. The bill has received support from the opposition party. The proxy organizations whom oppose the bill have been engaged in racially fueling hate towards Tamils on social media platforms.
Political analysts believe the bill is worrying the Colombo establishment as similar recognition will be adopted in other nations.