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More genocide education needed in Canada

By Heidi Berger      

By studying the consequences of unchecked hate, students will be equipped with the critical thinking skills to better understand racism and intolerance. We must not let another year go by without passing on this essential knowledge to our youth, the leaders of tomorrow.

Human skulls at the Nyamata Genocide Memorial. To hear the stories of survivors of the Armenian genocide, the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, and the Holocaust, is to truly understand the chilling effects of racist propaganda that leads to dehumanization and, ultimately, genocide, writes Heidi Berger. Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikimedia

The tragic March 14 massacre of 50 Muslim worshippers in two mosques in New Zealand is one more horrific incident that confirms mass murder has spread to even the most peaceful of nations. Like a fire, massacres are fuelled by hate and ignorance, and are spread—and now broadcast— through social media, with dozens of hate crimes reported daily around the world.

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