February 2017
Inspiring & empowering Canadians to raise their voices for freedom, democracy & human rights

A new FSWC publication,  Reflections on the Holocaust and Antisemitism,
was released on Friday, January 27th, 2017, International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  The 27th of January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1945 by the Soviet forces. FSWC invited an array of leaders from across the country to contribute to this special collection of essays.  It is available for download HERE.   

Contributors are (in order of appearance):
  • The Honourable Irwin Cotler - Chair, Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights
  • The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau - Prime Minister, Canada
  • Gail Asper- President, The Asper Foundation
  • Jeanne Beker - Canadian Fashion Icon
  • The Honourable Dr. Carolyn Bennett - Minister of Indigenous & Northern Affairs
  • The Honourable James Carr - Minister of Natural Resources
  • Max Eisen - Holocaust Survivor & Author
  • Garnett Genuis, MP - Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
  • Tahir Gora - Founder, Muslim Committee Against Antisemitism
  • Commissioner Vince Hawkes - Ontario Provincial Police
  • Anthony Housefather, MP - Mount Royal, Quebec
  • Emmanuel Jal - Peace Activist & Recording Artist
  • Wab Kinew, MLA - Fort Rouge, Manitoba
  • Monte Kwinter, MPP - York Centre, Ontario
  • Robert Lantos - Film Producer
  • Michael Levitt, MP - York Centre, Toronto
  • Reverend Andrew Love - United Church of Canada
  • Marina Nemat - Author & Former Political Prisoner
  • Murray Rankin, MP - Victoria, British Columbia
  • The Honourable Michelle Rempel - Calgary Nose Hill, Alberta
  • Mayor John Tory, City of Toronto
  • Reverend Dr. David Wells - Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada


FSWC was pleased to release a resource for teachers to assist them in planning a commemoration ceremony for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The resource includes activities and resources to extend learning beyond January 27th.  

Please feel free to share this resource with educators.   

FSWC is pleased to recognize the following school boards for their commitment to Holocaust commemoration and education.  Each Ontario school board listed below has included International Holocaust Remembrance Day in their board-wide calendar.  

  • District School Board of Niagara
  • Durham District School Board
  • Grand Erie District School Board
  • Halton Catholic District School Board
  • Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board
  • Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
  • Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board
  • Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
  • Lakehead District School Board
  • Lambton-Kent District School Board
  • Limestone District School Board
  • Niagara Catholic District School Board
  • Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board
  • Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • Peel District School Board
  • Toronto Catholic District School Board
  • Toronto District School Board
  • Waterloo District School Board
  • Wellington Catholic District School Board
  • Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
  • York Catholic District School Board
  • York Region District School Board

Several teachers from the Windsor-Essex Catholic School Board, a member of FSWC's January 27th initiative, shared some of the incredible learning about the Holocaust taking place in their classrooms. 

Martha, a Grade 11 student in the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, shared her reflections in an essay following her visit to a Holocaust Museum.  After taking in the images, reading the exhibit text and viewing the artifacts, she observed, "The tragedy of the Jews was not the plight of six million people, it was the plight of one person multiplied six million times. And we forget this. Textbooks and lectures make you forget this, make sure that you are only concerned with the whens and the wheres and all the testables - not the reality, that these were actual people who suffered and perished by German hand."

The original pieces of artwork featured in the photos below were created by the students of Catholic Central in honour of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Teacher Darren Gravelese shared these works of art with FSWC - he was so proud of his students for embracing the task and putting forth tremendous effort to express their thoughts about the Holocaust through their chosen art medium. 

In an effort to continue to expand FSWC's conversation regarding the future of Holocaust education, a new online forum has been launched entitled 'Second Generation.'  This site is hosted through Facebook and will provide an opportunity for open discussion on how to continue with these lessons.  There is particular focus on the 2G and 3G community - the children and grandchildren of survivors, to add their voices to this important discussion.  

FSWC is pleased to announce that - with the exception of a few dates in June, the Tour for Humanity is fully booked for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year.  The Education Department has already started booking dates for the 2017-2018 school year.  

For more information about the Tour for Humanity please visit