Manitoba Multifaith Council

Manitoba Multifaith Council is an association of faith communities, representatives of faith communities, and individuals from various faith traditions throughout Manitoba. For more information see our annual report.
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Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the Advancement of Interreligious Understanding
Held February 7, 2017 at Government House
Award recipient, Devon Clunis and her Honour, Lieutenant Governor Janice Filmon
Manitoba Multifaith Council President, Belle Jarniewski, Award recipient, Devon Clunis, her Honour, Lieutenant Governor Janice Filmon, John Burchill (nominator). 
All photos courtesy of Tracey Goncalves, Government Photographer.
President Jarniewski's Address to Winnipeg’s Mayor and City Council
Your worship Mayor Bowman, members of city council,
Thank you so much for welcoming me here today. Thank you especially to Councillor Morantz for bringing this idea forward to the mayor and council.  It has now been 12 years since the United Nations General Assembly designated January 27, the anniversary of the date of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp —as an annual International Day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The Soviet troops who arrived at Auschwitz found approximately 7000 ill and mostly dying prisoners in this camp, a site of infamy which has come to depict the singular horror and suffering of the Holocaust – over one million human beings were murdered there – most of them Jews.  An international date of remembrance commends us to honour with dignity the memory of victims, the courage of both survivors as well as the soldiers who liberated them and to reaffirm that this unprecedented genocide must be remembered by all people everywhere as a warning of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice. Unfortunately, in recent months, our world has witnessed a rise in manifestations of racism. There are sadly, some who see the world in different terms than those spelled out by the Resolution. Today, some 7 decades later, we are living in a time when vigilance is more important than ever and this annual date of remembrance reminds us of the importance of remembrance, reflection and education. We remember that six million Jewish men, women and children were murdered – representing 67% of pre-war European Jewry. We also remember an estimated quarter to a half million Roma and Sinti (as we are unsure of the exact numbers) who were also singled out for genocide and the countless other victims which must forever be a warning to all people of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice. 

The UN resolution asserts that Member States are to develop educational programmes that will inculcate future generations with the lessons of the Holocaust in order to help to prevent future acts of genocide, and in this context commends the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research. The Task Force’s name was changed a few years ago to the IHRA – the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, and I am proud to represent Canada on this important organization on behalf of the Holocaust Education Centre, joined by Winnipeggers, Drs. Clint Curle and Jeremy Maron who represent the Canadian Museum For Human Rights and 6 other Canadians. This year, in Winnipeg, the Holocaust Education Centre joins with the University of Manitoba to launch the Canadian premiere of a prestigious from Berlin — at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery, Synagogues in Germany: A Virtual Reconstruction. The exhibit is accompanied by programming for Manitoba high school and university students, an academic symposium and lectures for the public.

The UN Resolution rejects any denial of the Holocaust as an historical event, either in full or in part; and “condemns without reserve all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief, wherever they occur. Mayor Bowman, members of council, our City of Winnipeg offers refuge and new hope to immigrants, refugees and survivors, some of whom have escaped more recent genocides – and is a place which fosters dialogue, reconciliation and understanding, and is a place where people learn from each other and share cultures. How significant it is therefore, that we in Winnipeg commemorate this day and promote a better understanding of the tragedies that took place during WWll.

Mayor Bowman, members of council, for me –Auschwitz is not merely a name in a history book – it is a place where my late mother spent months, in the late summer and early autumn of 1944 after having lost her younger brother and parents. My parents and many other survivors made their way to Winnipeg to rebuild their lives just as today we welcome those who are trying to rebuild their lives having experienced trauma we cannot even imagine.

Just a short while ago, an antisemitic incident in the heart of Winnipeg employed ugly Holocaust imagery and rhetoric. Winnipeggers joined together in an outpouring of support for the victims and utter condemnation of this kind of hate. Your very meaningful gesture, Mayor Bowman to acknowledge and mark Int’l Holocaust Remembrance Day in our city and also to visually note this by lowering the flag to half mast will be much appreciated by survivors, their children and grandchildren and by all those who care about human rights everywhere. Thank you from a proud citizen of Winnipeg who is thankful each and every day that her parents found their way here – found each other and had the courage to rebuild their lives in this wonderful city.
Mayor Bowman's response to President Jarniewski's Remarks
January 27
 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

On January 27, 1945, the advancing Red Army entered the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp complex, liberating more than 7,000 remaining prisoners.

Days earlier, the SS had forced nearly 60,000 prisoners to evacuate the camp and embark on the infamous Death Marches, in which many thousands lost their lives.

Every year, on January 27, the world marks and remembers the Holocaust and its victims.

72 years on from the liberation of Auschwitz, it is more important than ever to remind ourselves of the universal lessons of the Holocaust and to foster a shared culture of remembrance.

Flags at City Hall will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Friday, January 27 to acknowledge this day.

Madam Speaker, I would now like to invite Councillor Morantz to say a few words on this topic, and then we’ll hear from Belle Jarniewski from the Freeman Family Holocaust Education Centre of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada.
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Ground Is Broken for Winnipeg Manitoba Temple
eaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined with community leaders in Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada, on Saturday, December 3, 2016, to break ground for a new temple. This will be the ninth temple in Canada.
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Winnipeg Manitoba Temple. © 2016 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
A choir of Latter-day Saints provided sacred music for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple, which began in a nearby Mormon meetinghouse on Saturday, December 3, 2016. © All rights reserved.
 
Elder Larry Y. Wilson of the Seventy and executive director of the Church’s Temple Department presided at the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple groundbreaking on Saturday, December 3, 2016. © All rights reserved.
Latter-day Saints were joined by interfaith, government and community leaders to break ground for the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple on Saturday, December 3, 2016. © All rights reserved.


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ICCHA Awards Event October 29, 2016


Standing from left:
Dr. Chandar Gupta, Dr. Daya Gupta, Belle Jarniewski, Terry Duguid, MP Winnipeg South 
Seated from left, Dr. Mohinder S. Dhillon, Mrs. Jasmer Dhillon, Harjeet K. Sandhu.
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Third Annual Multifaith Leadership Breakfast


Tickets available from Eventbrite or
contact info@manitobamultifaithcouncil.ca for payment by cheque.
Print poster here

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Community Relations Events
“Restore Our Core” success for inner city neighbourhood
When Winnipeg Police Service Chief Devon Clunis speaks, people listen.

And when he put out a call to action to the citizens of Winnipeg, asking them to come together and clean up the core area, the response was monumental.  

"This spring, the Winnipeg Police Service is inviting the entire community to come out and help us Restore Our Core."

And come out they did!  A tide of volunteers pitched in for the two-day cleanup – concerned citizens from various faith-based organizations, community groups and Winnipeg at large, alongside workers from city departments including the Winnipeg Police Service, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service and Public Works all lent a hand.

The Salvation Army was also on hand to ensure that the toil-weary community workers were refreshed throughout the day.  Coffee, hot chocolate, bottled water, sandwiches and snacks were made available at no-charge.  Over the two days, volunteers and staff on our Community Response Unit vehicles served over 800 beverages and 300 meals of soup, sandwiches and snacks.

On Saturday, while serving the volunteers, three young people stopped by and inquired why we were in the neighborhood.  After explaining the Army's involvement, the volunteer inside offered each of them the same meal being served to the community volunteers.  One of the youth was so touched by the sentiment of being offered a meal, she became emotional and explained that the trio had gotten up that morning hungry and unable to provide for themselves, and they were just establishing where they could steal their next meal from.  This sort of aid is just part of The Salvation Army’s philosophy as Major Margaret McLeod, Area Commander for The Salvation Army – Prairie Division (West) explains "Anyone that comes to us will receive assistance based on their need and our ability to help."

Gardens planted, arson-damaged structures removed to make way for new ones, litter and waste removed, these are the tangible results of Restore Our Core.  The measure of respect and dignity returned to the area around Selkirk Avenue, that is the outcome.

The Salvation Army are proud to support Chief Clunis' statement that "Working together we can and will create a culture of safety in Winnipeg."
Restore Our Core pdf

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Major Ray Harris – Volunteer, Salvation Army; Staff Sgt. Ron Johannson – Winnipeg Police Service,
Wally Clarke – Volunteer, Salvation Army; Chief Devon Clunis – Winnipeg Police Service.