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Bill 104: Tamil Genocide Education Week Act is key for Ontarians to learn the history of Tamils

November 13, 2020 @ 12.00 PM

Toronto: On May 17th, 2019, the second reading of Bill 104, Tamil Genocide Education Week Act was unanimously passed at the Ontario Legislative Assembly. This bill proclaims the seven-day period in each year ending on May 18 is Tamil Genocide Education Week. During that period, all Ontarians will have the opportunity to educate themselves and increase their awareness about the Tamil Genocide and other genocides that have occurred in world history.

This acknowledgement not only seeks to honour the lives that were lost with the Tamil Genocide, but also gives a sense of hope to those who have suffered life-long intergenerational trauma and represents the first step to healing and reconciliation.

By recognizing the Tamil Genocide, we affirm our collective desire to maintain awareness of this genocide and other genocides to prevent such crimes against humanity from happening again.

This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent. We must now work collectively, to ensure that the Bill 104 is passed at the third reading.

When this Bill was introduced by MPP Vijay Thanigasalam, the community rallied in convincing the elected members, including Cabinet Ministers, MPPs and all-party leaders. The advocacy was led and coordinated by the National Council of Canadian Tamils (NCCT) and Canadian Tamil Youth Alliance (CTYA). In our continued collective effort, many organizations, individuals, and volunteers took part in this effort.

NCCT and CTYA has worked tirelessly and continue to canvass for the final reading. In a recent meeting of NCCT and CTYA members with Premier Doug Ford, he again reiterated his commitment to support the Bill 104.

On behalf of the Tamil community, we request volunteers to join our efforts in getting this bill passed as an act. We’ve been getting a lot of opposition from the perpetrators, genocide deniers and the ones who are looking to take advantage of this bill for their personal gains. This is a community effort supported by all elected officials of Ontario Government. We have full faith in our Premier, Cabinet Ministers, MPPs and all parties in getting the bill proclaimed at the Ontario Legislative Assembly.

For more information contact: National Council of Canadian Tamil

Phone: 416.830.7703 | Email: info@ncctcanada.ca

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