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S.M. 2000, c. 2
THE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY ACT
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(Assented to May 1, 2000)
WHEREAS the Holocaust refers to a specific event in history, namely, the deliberate and planned state-sponsored persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by the Nazis and their collaborators between 1933 and 1945;
AND WHEREAS six million Jewish men, women and children perished under this policy of hatred and genocide;
AND WHEREAS millions of others were victims of that policy because of their physical or mental disabilities, race, religion or sexual orientation;
AND WHEREAS the terrible destruction and pain of the Holocaust must never be forgotten;
AND WHEREAS systematic violence, genocide, persecution, racism and hatred continue to occur throughout the world;
AND WHEREAS the Legislative Assembly is committed to using legislation, education and example to protect Manitobans from violence, racism and hatred and to stopping those who foster or commit crimes of violence, racism and hatred;
AND WHEREAS Yom Hashoah or the Day of the Holocaust, as determined in each year by the Jewish lunar calendar, is an opportune day to reflect on and educate about the enduring lessons of the Holocaust and to reaffirm a commitment to uphold human rights and to value the diversity and multiculturalism of Manitoban society;
THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:
1 Yom Hashoah or the Day of the Holocaust, as determined in each year by the Jewish lunar calendar, is proclaimed as Holocaust Memorial Day — Yom Hashoah.
2 This Act may be referred to as chapter H68 of the Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba.
3 This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.