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May 2016 is marking the 7th anniversary of the very tragic and traumatic events that took place in Sri Lanka. Leading up to May 19, 2009, tens of thousands of people lost their lives. Many Tamil Canadians, including the Tamils living in our city, lost family members during the violent events which has left a painful indelible scar in our hearts. During the month of May every year from 2009, all Tamils world over remember with deep sorrow the victims who lost their lives and those who were maimed during this dark period in our history.

We, the undersigned, remember the victims who lost their lives and those who were maimed.


We are declaring a week of remembrance for the victims to be observed between May 11, 2016 and May 18, 2016 to mark this tragic part of our history.


During this week we organize a remembrance event. This year, the remembrance event will be held on the Monday, 16th of May, 2016. We shall be conducting a multi-faith prayer to remember the victims. We request our fellow Tamils to fast before the event to recognize the suffering the people endured and break the fast at the end of the event by drinking water or juice. (Learn more)


The 'May 2009 Remembrance Button' is our official button of the remembrance of the victims. We ask and encourage our members and the fellow citizens of this city to wear the button during the remembrance week as a sign of remembrance. Please contact NCRTA at 613-454-5763 to obtain your button. (Learn more)

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