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Inspired by memory, committed to change.
SHOUT Canada is a grassroots, national, not-for-profit organization administered by a volunteer Board of Directors.
It was founded by University students who participated in the "March for Remembrance and Hope" and "March of the Living", Holocaust study programs. Having shared the journey into a history of horror, they shared the mission to educate Canadians about genocide and to promote respectful and inclusive communities.
Upon their return to Canada, they decided to make a change. The constituted SHOUT (Students Helping Others Understand Tolerance) or ÉCT (Étudiants pour la Comprehension de la Tolérance).
(1) to advocate and work toward genocide awareness and the awareness of current global social injustices, and
(2) to bring together diverse youth based in Canada with projects and speakers that are significant and affecting to everyone.
REFLECTIONS ON RWANDA
Reflections on Rwanda (RoR) is SHOUT Canada’s flagship program, bringing together Canadians and Rwandans for genocide education and remembrance. The RoR program was conceptualized and created in 2008 by the organization’s founding members, who were all full-time students at the time.
The year was spent putting together a pilot project, which came to fruition in the summer of 2009. Indeed, the group spent the better part of that summer in Rwanda visiting historical sites, solidifying relationships with individuals, as well as governmental and non-governmental groups.
The pilot project was implemented to lay the grounding for the 2010 RoR program.
A PROGRAM IS BORN
On May 17th 2010, the first RoR cohort, comprised of 11 young Canadians from all corners of the country, met at London’s Heathrow Airport to be briefed about their imminent arrival in Kigali.
In this context, SHOUT Canada is pleased to continue offering the RoR program more than a decade later.
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