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April 6, 2009
Mayor Miller proclaims Day of Reflection on the Rwanda Genocide
Mayor David Miller has proclaimed April 7, 2009 as a Day of Reflection on the Rwanda Genocide and to observe the memory of the victims.

"Everyone has the right to live in conditions of dignity, respect and peace," noted Mayor Miller. "We must never forget the untold suffering of the Rwandan people and we must support Toronto's Rwandan community as they seek to rebuild their lives."

The University of Toronto's New College along with members of Toronto's Rwandan community and survivors of the 1994 genocide are hosting a series of events to reflect on the social unrest that led up to the genocide and to explore the development of human rights and social activism since 1994. The events will be held at New College's William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks Ave. (at Spadina Avenue).

Councillor Gord Perks will present the Mayor's proclamation at the opening ceremony and candlelight vigil.

"The Rwandan genocide is a horrendous piece of our world's history," said Councillor Perks. "It marks our complete failure collectively and individually to do our duty as members of the human race."

April 7, 6 p.m. - Candlelight vigil and opening ceremony with genocide survivors Sharangabo Ntare and Axelle Karera, Councillor Gord Perks, Edda Mukabagwize, the Rwandan Ambassador to Canada, Meric Gertler, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, and Rick Halpern, Principal of New College, the University of Toronto

April 8, 6 p.m. - Panel discussion on "Canada, Genocide and the Media," moderated by John Honderich, incoming chair of Torstar

April 9, 6 p.m. - Personal accounts by James Orbinski, former president of Doctors without Borders, genocide survivor Dada Gasirablo and genocide witness Natacha Nsabimana

April 10, 2 p.m. - Discussion with Jean De Dieu Nucyo, former Minister of Justice in Rwanda, on the theme of justice and reconciliation, followed by a musical performance by the Mighty Popo, Rwandan/Burundian refugee and survivor

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Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Councillor Gord Perks, Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park, 392-7919
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, City Manager's Office, City of Toronto, 416-392-6824,
Krishan Mehta, New College, 416-978-0310
Sharangabo Ntare, Event Organizer, 647-298-3653



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