The brig Hannah transported emigrants to Canada during An Gorta Mór. She is known for the terrible circumstances of her 1849 shipwreck, in which the captain and two officers left the sinking ship aboard the only lifeboat, leaving passengers and the rest of the crew to fend for themselves.
Hannah was built at Norton, New Brunswick, Canada in 1826 and registered at Maryport in 1840. She was owned…
Zoryan Institute of Canada Welcomes Prime Minister Trudeau's Statement on the Occasion of the 101st Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
TORONTO, ON - On this 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Zoryan Institute of Canada is grateful that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau preserves the memory of those who lost their lives during the events of 1915 and acknowledges those events as genocide against the Armenian people. He reaffirmed once more his principled stance on genocide, demonstrated earlier in his remarks on the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report a few months ago.
As a Canadian institution devoted to the study of genocide as a means of preventing its devastating recurrence, the Zoryan Institute completely agree with using this moment as an opportunity to look forward and strengthen their collective resolve to ensure such acts are never again repeated, against any people.
They also completely agree that the lessons of the past should not be forgotten, and that past injustices do not serve us if they divide Canadians. A good model has been provided by the process of the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Commission’s official report acknowledges the following:
Without truth, justice, and healing, there can be no genuine reconciliation. Reconciliation is not about “closing a sad chapter of Canada’s past,” but about opening new healing pathways of reconciliation that are forged in truth and justice.
PM Trudeau himself has said, in regard to this report, that the Government had a plan to move towards a new relationship with Canada’s Indigenous peoples, based on “recognition, rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.”
It is with this sentiment that we reach out to all members of the Turkish community of Canada and ask them to reflect on the events of 1915, using a lens of truth and in a spirit of recognition, respect and cooperation, as encouraged by our Prime Minister, and not act as agents of division.
The Zoryan Institute commends the Canadian government for accepting the wrongs of the past, for issuing a formal apology to Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, and for engaging in a genuine and positive Truth and Reconciliation Commission process. The minimum the Turkish government could do in the case of the Armenian Genocide – and it could be aided in this with the support of Canada, which is its ally in NATO – is to participate in a comparable, genuine and positive Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as a first step towards make the wrongs of the past right.
“We thank you, Prime Minister Trudeau, for your respectful statement on the Armenian Genocide, for leading our country to the right side of history regarding Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, and for giving an example for how the Armenian Genocide could be better addressed,” the Zoryan Institute of Canada stated.
Like, maybe he meant, “[We] don’t have the same, identical baggage of colonialization or American imperialism,” while still acknowledging Canada’s own brand of colonialism, but given that the quote was embedded with a bunch of other “sunny ways” quotes… I doubt it.
"Don’t like the idea of politically motivated pseudo motorcycle clubs organizing in the streets? There’s a simple solution. Stop admitting Muslim refugees, stop deliberately destabilizing Western societies, and enforce the law."
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Delivers Statement on Armenian Genocide -Statement by the Prime Minister to the Armenian-Canadian CommunityOn this day, we mark the 101st commemoration of the tragic loss of life of the Armenian population during the waning days of the Ottoman Empire in 1915.
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Both the Senate of Canada and the House of Commons have adopted resolutions referring to these events as genocide.
Canadians of all backgrounds and faiths stand together in reaffirming our collective commitment to the values of pluralism, human rights, and diversity.
Montrealers head to Ottawa to mark Armenian genocide
Thousands of Montrealers headed to Ottawa on Sunday morning to mark Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.
They joined other Armenians on Parliament Hill before marching to the Turkish Embassy, where they protested Turkey’s continued refusal to acknowledge the mass execution of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks as a genocide.
“It’s sort of a pilgrimage,” said Lory Abrakian, a member of the Armenian National Committee of Canada.
“Every year we gather in Ottawa. It’s our way to pay our respects to the victims of the Armenian genocide, and also to show that Armenians are still alive and that we still demand justice be served for the victims.”
An estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman authorities during and after the First World War, beginning with a purge of intellectuals on April 24, 1915.
Though the modern-day Turkish state disputes referring to the massacre as a genocide, Canada is among dozens of countries worldwide to do so.