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Premier John Horgan issued a letter to the Jewish community on June 15 formally announcing that the British Columbia government will use the IHRA definition of antisemitism “to help us determine what is and what is not antisemitic, which allows us to work toward a society that is better off for all British Columbians.”

In his correspondence to the Pacific Region office of CIJA (Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs), Horgan committed to relying on the IRHA standard “as an important, non-legally binding educational tool.”

CIJA, which has been advocating for the government decision, called the announcement, “a clear reaffirmation of the BC government’s commitment to stand with the Jewish community in fighting antisemitism.”

On behalf of CIJA, regional director Nico Slobinsky stated, “As a member of Canada’s vibrant Jewish minority, CIJA is encouraged that the IHRA definition will be used by the British Columbia government to help determine what is and what is not antisemitism.”    

Slobinsky added, “We hope that their commitment serves as a model for provinces yet to make use of the IHRA definition.”

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However, on June 21 B’nai Brith Canada publicly asked for ‘action, not words’ from Horgan and his NDP government.

On Twitter they posted, “Premier Horgan has voiced his support for the usage of IHRA definition, but it still has not been adopted in B.C. Thus, B’nai Brith Canada is again asking that the province take the logical step of formalizing its support for the definition.”

“We’ve reached out to British Columbia repeatedly,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “But neither the Premier’s letter of June 14, which is public, nor the Anti-Racism Data Act law since June 2, indicates that IHRA is now the province’s policy. In fact, Jews aren’t even mentioned in the Act.”

Premier Horgan’s May 2 press release stated: “As a step to dismantle systemic racism and discrimination faced by Indigenous, Black and people of colour, the Province is introducing the Anti-Racism Data Act.”

While it “welcomes efforts to combat hate aimed at identifiable groups,’ B’nai Brith pointed out that “the Jewish community had asked that B.C. follow Ontario’s lead and specifically adopt IHRA.”

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The Montreal Holocaust Museum has an upcoming educators’ seminar about teaching the history of the Holocaust and genocide taking place in-person on June 27th and online on July 4th.

According to MHM, “Holocaust education is key in creating a new generation of individuals who are more tolerant, empathetic, and likely to speak out against injustice.”

The Museum will welcome teachers for a full day of in-person training on June 27, followed by a virtual half-day session on July 4. Citing that numerous studies across Canada and North America report young generations are lacking knowledge about the Holocaust, “the seminar will provide educators will the tools and resources to teach this complex subject. Attendees will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of Holocaust and genocide history, as well as understand how to approach these sensitive subjects in the classroom.”

Teachers will hear a keynote address on June 27 from Pierre Anctil, Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Department of History, participate in discussion panels, training workshops, and exchange teaching tools and best practices.

Virtually on July 4th, educators will hear testimony from a Holocaust survivor, and a special presentation from Dr. Doris Bergen (Chancellor, Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Toronto). The full programs of the in-person and virtual seminars are detailed online.

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