FSWC's Tour for Humanity Completes First-Ever Journey Through Western Canada, Reaching 3,000 Students

June 10, 2024

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Last Friday marked the Tour for Humanity's final day of its five-week journey through Western Canada. The mobile education centre from Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) travelled across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and, for the first time, Alberta and British Columbia, visiting more than 20 schools and educating more than 3,000 elementary and secondary students on the Holocaust and human rights.

From learning about the history and lessons of the Holocaust to other genocides and atrocities to Canada's dark past when it comes to human rights, students gained awareness of the dangers of hate and were empowered to stand up against it in their schools and communities. Students were highly engaged, with some opening up about the new knowledge they've gained and feeling inspired to make a positive change. School teachers and administrators expressed gratitude for the much-needed education and an interest in bringing the bus back to their schools.

Winnipeg students participated in the Tour for Humanity's The Canadian Experience workshop on May 6.

The Tour for Humanity visited a school in North Vancouver on June 4.

During its first-ever visit to the West Coast, the Tour for Humanity also stopped by the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver where FSWC hosted a special celebration with the JCC, Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, attended by local educators and community members. FSWC thanks the Goldenberg family for donating the second Tour for Humanity bus that went on this journey and the Diamond family, who supported our visit to BC.

L-R: Andrew Abramowich, Larry Goldenberg, Gordon and Leslie Diamond, Jill Diamond, Lauri Glotman and FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt.

In its 10th year of travelling to schools and communities across Canada, the Tour for Humanity has reached more than 200,000 young Canadians, teaching them the lessons of the past to help ensure a better future. As the school year winds down, schools have already started booking workshops for 2024-2025.

If you are a parent or educator interested in bringing the Tour for Humanity to your school community, reach out to us today at education@fswc.ca.

Tour for Humanity in the News:

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CityNews Calgary

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Learn more about the Tour for Humanity