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Government of Canada Launches National Holocaust Monument Project

(No. 251 – August 31, 2011 – 4:40 p.m. ET) John Baird, Foreign Affairs Minister and minister responsible for the National Capital Commission, today announced that the Government of Canada is now seeking nominations of individuals to sit on a council to support the National Holocaust Monument, which will be built in the National Capital Region.

This project is the result of a private member’s bill, introduced by the Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Democratic Reform) and Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Sherwood Park, which was supported by all parties in the House of Commons and received Royal Assent on March 25, 2011.

“Canada remembers the suffering of the millions of innocent victims of the Holocaust,” said Minister Baird. “This monument will not only preserve their memory but will also educate visitors of all faiths and traditions about the causes and risks of hate. Let us use the lessons of the past to remind us of the importance of tolerance, to inspire us to uphold human rights and to prevent future acts of genocide.”

The National Holocaust Monument Act calls for the building of a National Holocaust Monument in the National Capital Region, supported by a National Holocaust Monument Development Council. Comprised of up to five volunteer members, the Development Council will play an important role in realizing this project, particularly in spearheading a fundraising campaign to cover the cost of the planning, construction and maintenance of the monument.

Applications for a position on the Council will be accepted between September 1 and 21, 2011. Candidates will be evaluated and selected on the basis of various criteria and with a view to creating a dynamic council that will help the government deliver on this important project.

For further information and to apply for a position on the Council, please visit National Holocaust Monument Call for Nominations.

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