The Canadian government has announced a $2.5 million investment in Federation UJA’s Toronto Holocaust Museum, a move hailed by Toronto’s Jewish community.
“We are grateful for this exceptional investment by the Government of Canada, which will help ensure that more people in the Greater Toronto Area, especially young people, learn essential lessons from the past and recognize the dangers of anti-Semitism and bigotry. said Adam Minsky. , President and CEO of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. “The new museum is an extremely important tool in our community’s efforts to combat rising anti-Semitism. The government’s investment speaks volumes about its commitment to this mission, as well as its recognition of the high level of excellence that the museum represents in this field.
“Our government stands with Jewish communities in Canada and around the world,” said Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “We are committed to upholding the values of diversity and inclusion, including by fighting anti-Semitism and discrimination in all their forms. We are proud that our support of the Toronto Holocaust Museum improves accessibility to arts and heritage, promotes Holocaust education, combats anti-Semitism and helps build a more inclusive Canada.
The new 10,000 square feet museumscheduled to open in the spring of 2023, aims to inspire visitors to contemplate the Holocaust while connecting to contemporary anti-Semitism, racism, current world events and life in Canada.
“Sadly, we are nearing the end of the era where survivors can offer first-hand testimony about what happened to them and their families during the Holocaust,” Minsky said. “This significant investment will help ensure that students continue to learn from survivors through an immersive technology experience that preserves and honors their memory and legacy.
Federal funding comes from two grants awarded by the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Cultural Spaces Fund will support both the architectural fit-out and the fabrication of the museum’s state-of-the-art exhibits. The second Digital Access to Heritage grant, part of the Museums Assistance Program, will fund technology with French content and French translation to ensure access for the French-speaking population, which is essential to connect with a wide range of student populations across the Province.
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