2nd Session, 41st Legislature

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Bill 233


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(Assented to                                         )

WHEREAS as many as 300,000 Chinese civilians, soldiers and non-combatants were killed in a six-week period by the Imperial Japanese Army between December 13, 1937 and February 1938, and these events have become known as the Nanjing Massacre;

AND WHEREAS countless women and children were systematically raped during and after this period, giving the Nanjing Massacre the alternate name, "Rape of Nanjing";

AND WHEREAS Manitoba's growing Chinese community includes many residents who have direct relationships to the Nanjing Massacre, including family members who were victims;

AND WHEREAS December 13, 2017, marks the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Nanjing Massacre;

AND WHEREAS efforts have been made elsewhere in Canada to formally recognize the Nanjing Massacre and honour the victims;

AND WHEREAS Manitoba strives to be a place where human rights are recognized and victims of human rights abuses, war crimes and sexual violence are remembered and honoured;

AND WHEREAS all Manitobans are committed to supporting a dialogue of healing that includes all communities in our province;

THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

Nanjing Massacre Commemoration Day


December 13 in each year is proclaimed as Nanjing Massacre Commemoration Day.

C.C.S.M. reference


This Act may be referred to as chapter N10 of the Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba.

Coming into force


This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.

Explanatory Note

This Bill proclaims December 13 in each year as Nanjing Massacre Commemoration Day.