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Dear Community Members, 

The Jewish community in Manitoba – and, by extension, across Canada –has received some good news. Yesterday, Premier Heather Stefanson and the provincial government announced that it has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Association’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism

With this, the Manitoba government has acknowledged that racism looks different for different communities and that it can evolve over time. As antisemitic incidents in Canada continue to rise, Premier Stefanson has acknowledged that, to effectively combat antisemitism, it must first be clearly identified.  

By adopting the IHRA working definition of antisemitism – the consensus definition that best reflects lived experience of Jews today – policymakers, law enforcement, and community leaders have been provided with a critical framework to identify, understand, and combat contemporary forms of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere. 

Manitoba’s organized community representatives, including the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg and CIJA, have steadily advocated for the endorsement of the IHRA definition. The adoption of IHRA signals that the Government of Manitoba recognizes the struggles faced by the Jewish community and that they stand with them in the fight against Jew-hatred and all forms of hate. 

The Jewish Federation of Winnipeg and CIJA celebrate the adoption of IHRA and thank Premier Stefanson and The Hon. Andrew Smith, Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage, for their leadership on this issue. We jointly ask you to do the same. Click here to convey your thanks to the Government of Manitoba for sending a strong message that antisemitism has no place in our province.

Thank the Government of Manitoba
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