April 24 Is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

April 23, 2013

Dear students, educators and supporters,

We encourage all Canadians to take time on Wednesday, April 24, to reflect on the Genocide of the Armenians. Set aside time in your classes to discuss this watershed event and the adverse effects of discrimination and intolerance in society. Create an opportunity for your students to join others around the world in remembering our collective past and learning from the experiences we have struggled through as members of the human family.

We encourage you to visit www.twentyvoices.com or www.theforgotten.org to watch survivor testimonies; read a poem dedicated to the victims in class, such as one by Canadian academic and poet Alan Whitehorn’s (link); or watch a documentary, such as Suzanne Khardalian’s Grandma’s Tattoos (link). Give them voice. Share their stories.

With warm regards,

Raffi Sarkissian, OCT, MEd
Founder and Chair
Sara Corning Centre for Genocide Education