NDP Bill to establish Nanjing Massacre Commemoration Day Passes

October 26, 2017

Winnipeg, MB – Today Bill 233, moved by Flor Marcelino, NDP MLA for Logan, to recognize December 13 as Nanjing Massacre Commemoration Day, acknowledging the 80th anniversary of the event passed with unanimous consent.

“We are thrilled to see this legislation pass with unanimous support. It is important to recognize and reflect on the wrongs of the past in an effort to heal and move forward,” said Marcelino. “Recognizing December 13 as Nanjing Massacre Commemoration Day is an opportunity to gather, remember, and honour the victims and families here in Manitoba.”

Between 200,000 and 300,000 Chinese civilians, soldiers, and non-combatants were killed by the Japanese Imperial Army between December of 1937 and February of 1938, in a horrific event known as The Nanjing Massacre, or "The Rape of Nanjing" due to the thousands of women and girls raped during the event. Manitoba’s growing Chinese community includes many families who have direct connections to the victims and survivors of the Nanjing Massacre.

“Recognizing this day will offer a space for the Chinese community in Manitoba to come together and remember the victims of the Nanjing Massacre. This commemoration will also raise awareness on the use of sexual violence in armed conflict, an issue still relevant today,” said Jennifer Chen of the Manitoba Chinese Women's Association, who was born and raised in Nanjing.

Manitoba joins a growing movement in Canada to recognize and commemorate the Nanjing Massacre. “Manitoba has a vibrant and growing Chinese Canadian community,” Marcelino said. “Our province is a centre for dialogue on human rights and we are proud to work with the Chinese community here to recognize this important day.”