Canada

Irwin Cotler

Head of Canadian Delegation to the IHRA

Member country since: 2009

Remembrance Days: 27 January (International Holocaust Remembrance Day), 17 January (Raoul Wallenberg Day)


Giuliana Natale (Department of Canadian Heritage) - Deputy Head of Delegation

SuYun Geithner (Department of Canadian Heritage) - Deputy Head of Delegation

Belle Jarniewski (Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada) – Academic Working Group

Dafina Savic (Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre) – Museums and Memorials Working Group

Jody Spiegel (Azrieli Foundation) – Education Working Group

David Matas (B'nai B'rith Canada) – Education Working Group

Yaffa Tegegne – Museums and Memorials Working Group

Michael Levitt (Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre) – Education Working Group

Mathieu Rowsell (Global Affairs Canada) – Academic Working Group

Carson Phillips (Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre) – Education Working Group

Audrey Licop (Montreal Holocaust Museum) – Academic Working Group

Nina Krieger (Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre) – Museums and Memorials Working Group


Canada’s membership of the IHRA is an affirmation at the highest political level of its commitment to Holocaust education, remembrance and research. Canada’s IHRA Chairmanship in 2013 helped raise awareness of the Holocaust through initiatives such as a ‘National Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education’, participation in an international poster design competition, development of a comprehensive research guide to holdings related to the Holocaust in its National Library and Archives, and government funding to help preserve and disseminate Holocaust survivor testimony. 

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