Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement in honour of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day:
“On this truly solemn day, British Columbians join people around the world in honouring the six million Jewish lives lost -- along with millions of others targeted by the Nazis because of their ethnicity, sexual identity or disability -- during the Holocaust. We also pay tribute to the community of Holocaust survivors.
“While COVID-19 prevents us from gathering as we normally would to commemorate Yom HaShoah, it is important we still gather to remember, honour and give strength. Online Holocaust Remembrance Day events have been organized to allow people to gather virtually and safely.
“As we remember the past, we recognize Jewish people around the world still face threats of violence, discrimination and anti-Semitism today. Let us continue to remember, teach young people and speak out against anti-Semitism whenever we see it.”