|One of many ruined Armenian churches|
. . . the Armenian people experienced terrible suffering and loss of life. In recent years the Senate of Canada adopted a motion acknowledging this period as “the first genocide of the twentieth century,” while the House of Commons adopted a motion that “acknowledges the Armenian genocide of 1915 and condemns this act as a crime against humanity.” My party and I supported those resolutions and continue to recognize them today.
We must never forget the lessons of history, nor should we allow the enmities of history to divide us. The freedom, democracy, and human rights enjoyed by all Canadians are rooted in our mutual respect for one another.
I join with you today in remembering the past and I encourage you to continue honouring your forefathers by building a bright future for all Canadians.
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada
|Visit from the Primate of the US Armenian Apostolic Church|
|Armenian Apostolic priests being ordained.|
As Christians around the world face persecution and death for their faith in the Prince of Peace it is important to recall the genocide 100 years ago in the same region that is generating ISIS terrorism.
Official records tell us that 23 countries now accept the authenticity of the Armenian genocide, including Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay, Vatican City, and Venezuela.
Thirty-nine of 50 U.S. states also recognize the genocide but as yet there is no official federal recognition even though Obama spoke of the genocide before he was elected President.
Along with the USA and the U.K. other leading nations still have not spoken out strongly on this matter of history with implications for the present day.