June 18, 2014—Jerusalem, Israel—Tim Uppal, Minister of State for Multiculturalism, addressed participants of Yad Vashem’s 60th Anniversary Mission at its closing reception today, reinforcing Canada’s commitment to combating anti-Semitism in Canada and internationally.
Yad Vashem is the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust. Minister Uppal is in Israel on behalf of the Government of Canada to take part in a series of tours and presentations led by Yad Vashem, which concludes today.
During his speech, Minister Uppal briefed participants on Canada’s ongoing efforts towards Holocaust commemoration. He provided an update on the development of a National Holocaust Memorial Monument, which is scheduled to be completed next year in downtown Ottawa, and highlighted Canada’s successes during its Chair Year of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). This included reaching consensus on a definition of Holocaust denial and distortion, which will provide governments with an important tool to challenge and denounce contemporary anti-Semitism.
Minister Uppal also emphasized Canada’s ongoing commitment to Holocaust remembrance through the government’s continuing role as a full member of IHRA.
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