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April 7, 2018 – 24th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide

It is with a deep sense of reverence that I commemorate with you the 24th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide.

Today, we pause to remember this atrocity against the Tutsi which was perpetrated by members of the Hutu majority government – the execution of approximately 1 million.

Members of the Rwandan community have keenly felt the horror of this black chapter in the world’s history.

On this solemn occasion, we pay homage to the victims and express solidarity with the survivors and their descendants. We are reminded of our shared commitment to ensure that acts like this will never be repeated again.

As the descendent of survivors of the Pontian Genocide, I believe it is important for us to remember the lessons of history and uphold the values Canadians hold dear – peace, freedom, democracy and respect.  In so doing, we will develop a deeper understanding of our duty and responsibility to our fellow man to ensure that we live in peace and harmony.

This is a day we solemnly acknowledge as we work toward a more just and tolerant future for all mankind.