December 5, 2016 – City Council affirm its recognition of the Nanjing Massacre 市议会肯定承认南京大屠杀
Moved by: Councillor Jim Karygiannis _________________________
Seconded by: Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam _________________________
On December 13, 1937, the Imperial Japanese army captured Nanjing, the capital city of the Republic of China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Imperial Japanese Army conducted a six-week campaign where an estimated 300,000 people, including young children were tortured, raped, and murdered.
This dark period in history is seldom discussed, yet the legacy of these atrocities live on in the memories of survivors and it continues to have a deeply felt impact in many Asian societies, including Toronto’s diverse Asian communities.
In 2008, the Toronto District School Board, the largest school board in North America, passed a unanimous motion encouraging the teaching of the atrocities of the Nanking Massacre and Japanese Military Sexual Slavery in their schools.
The City of Toronto can play a key role in raising public awareness by affirming its recognition of the Nanking Massacre, as a crime against humanity, in honour of the men, women and children who died.
Honouring the individuals that lost their lives and educating the public of these atrocities is necessary to promote understanding and peace. Toronto is home to Canada’s largest Chinese and Asian communities, some of whom survived the Japanese occupation of China during WWII and recall the atrocities that took place during this period.
Councillor Jim Karygiannis, seconded by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, recommends that:
- City Council recognize the Nanjing Massacre as a crime against humanity and to honour the memory of the men, women and children who died.
December 13 and 14, 2016
附议: 黄慧文议员 _________________________