Ottawa, July 23 (Canadian-Media): The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the anniversary of Black July:
“Today, we remember the thousands of Tamil people who lost their lives and the countless others who were displaced from their homes during the 1983 anti-Tamil pogroms in Sri Lanka.
“Black July was a week of violent riots and horrific destruction that followed decades of unrest and rising tensions in the country. It led to a conflict that lasted 26 years, killing tens of thousands more people and leaving lasting wounds in communities across Sri Lanka.
Black July Genocide. Image credit: pearlaction.org
“Thanks in large part to the advocacy of Tamil-Canadians, Canada implemented a Special Measures program in 1983 to welcome more than 1,800 Tamils. We see the resiliency of Tamil-Canadians in the tremendous contributions they make to Canada every day.
“I extend my deepest sympathies to all those who suffered and lost family, friends, and neighbors during Black July and the conflict that followed. Canada continues to offer its full support to those working toward meaningful justice, accountability, peace, and reconciliation in the country.”
Newfoundland & Labrador, Jul 01 (Canadian-Media): Official launch of the celebrations of Canada’s 152nd birthday was held today with Sunrise Event at Signal Hill National Historic Site, overlooking St. John’s harbour and the Atlantic Ocean, media reports said.
The Canada Day Sunrise Salute event at Signal Hill National Historic Site originally started in the 1980s by the St. John’s Jaycees.
Signal Hill National Historic Site. Image credit: pc.gc.ca
“Canada Day provides the opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the values and principles that shape our great country and define our national identity...Canadians to come together and connect with our shared culture and heritage," said Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East.
A special commemoration was held for the 103rd anniversary of the opening day of the Battle of the Somme during the First World War July 1, 1916 when the Royal Newfoundland Regiment were assaulted on the German line near Beaumont Hamel, France.
In her recorded message marking the occasion Governor General Julie Payette says "we are a land of four solid seasons and it is not a little rain or a little snow that will stop us."
Rich and varied heritage of our nation is reflected by Parks Canada’s 171 national historic sites, located in every province and territory, including Signal Hill, and provide an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our diverse history.
With a Parks Canada Discovery Pass, families and groups have unlimited opportunities to visit our incredible national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas throughout the year. Parks Canada also continues to offer free admission to new Canadian citizens for one year through the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Canoo mobile app.
“Parks Canada’s places represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. On Canada Day, admission is free throughout our national parks and national historic sites...There is no better way to celebrate our beautiful country than to immerse yourself in the heart of our country’s exceptional nature and history. Happy Canada Day!,” said Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.