Below is the text of a petition by Press for Conversion! magazine to
"Stop Canadian government funding of groups that glorify Nazi collaborators"

We are seeking endorsements from more Canadian organizations.  See the list below.

* The petition is being launched on Sept. 30, 2021. This Sept. 30, Munich Agreement Day (MAD) is the 83rd anniversary of the 1938 "Munich Agreement" co-signed by the leaders of Germany (Hitler), Italy (Mussolini), Britain (Chamberlain) and France (Didier).  This accord -- hailed by Chamberlain as bringing "Peace for our time" -- helped initiate WW2 by giving advance approval for Nazi Germany's invasion/occupation of Czechoslovakia.

Sept. 30, 2021, will be the first "National Day for Truth and Reconciliation."  This new statutory holiday commemorates Residential Schools which were one part of Canada's government-financed genocide of First Nations' peoples.  The Canadian government's ongoing funding of groups that whitewash their forebears' complicity in Nazi-led genocide, also calls for a process of "truth and reconciliation."

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    Petition Text:
    Stop Canadian government funding of groups that glorify Nazi collaborators

    To Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and Chrystia Freeland, MP and former Deputy PM

    Petition Text:
    We call on the Canadian government to stop its financial support for East European lobby groups that whitewash their communities' complicity in the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity. As taxpayers we oppose our government's continued funding to the monuments, publications, events and meeting centres which are now used by these groups to exalt the memory of their Nazi-collaborating founders, leaders, activists and war heroes.
    (Click here to see the research upon which this petition is based) 

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     Why this petition is important:Cover image from Press for Conversion! magazine Issue #70, Spring 2021

    • Government funding to groups that still revere their communities' fascist war heroes is an insult to the memory of Canadian troops who fought against the Axis powers in WWII. Continuing this state support is a betrayal of the stand taken by Canada and our allies in the fight against fascism.

    • After centuries of financing genocide against First Nations, and perpetrating other forms of systemic racism, the Canadian government is facing widespread demands for truth and reconciliation. (Read more...)

    • In light of these calls for justice regarding Canada's role in genocide, the government should stop funding organizations that whitewash and exalt racist, antisemitic and fascist war heroes who aided Nazi Germany's genocidal programs of political- and ethnic-cleansing. (Learn more about this ongoing funding.)

    • This process will require Canada to account for its decades of support for émigré associations whose founders and leaders included top officials of Nazi puppet regimes, officers of the Waffen SS, veterans of ethnonationalist guerrilla armies, and other apologists for fascism who welcomed Germany's invasion of Eastern Europe as a liberating force. These groups represent right-wing diaspora communities in Canada of Czech, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Slovak and Ukrainian heritage.) (Read an article summarizing this history.)

    • These groups --- representing communities that deny their forebear's complicity in the Holocaust and other genocidal crimes against humanity --- still receive generous government funding for their:
      (a) publications and other media outlets,
      (b) events, such as parades and festivals where racist/antisemitic leaders and movements are honoured,
      (c) renovations to their cultural centres, where symbols, portraits and statues often venerate fascist statesmen, racist ideologues and Nazi-collaborating military commanders as "freedom fighters."

    • Government funding to groups that glorify their fascist heritage, includes grants to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, the League of Ukrainian Canadians, the Ukrainian Youth Association, and the League of Ukrainian Women. (Learn more about these groups.)

    • Canada is also bankrolling 80% of a $7.5-million, national monument to anti-communism. Initiated and organized largely by East European groups with roots in fascist movements --- this memorial in Ottawa's sancrosanct Parliamentary precinct is used to venerate leading Nazi collaborators as "Victims of Communism." For example, when the General Cttee. of United Croats of Canada donated to the memory project they honoured fascist Croatian leaders Mile Budak, and Ante Pavelić, Croatia's wartime dictator. Having founded the fascist Ustaša, Pavelić ran Croatia as a Nazi puppet state. His Ustaša regime organized the genocidal mass murder of hundreds of thousands of Serbs, and tens of thousands of Jews and Roma. (Read more here. In 2021, then-finance minister Chrystia Freeland --- who has been deeply engaged with far-right Ukrainian organizations since childhood --- approved an extra $4 million for this memorial.

    • Besides defunding fascist-rooted groups and their monuments, the Canadian government should also:
      (a) acknowledge its shameful history of refusing to accept refugees (Jews and leftists) fleeing the Holocaust, but welcoming
      Nazi sympathizers, apologists and collaborators, including veterans of fascist military formations. (Read more here.)
      (b) atone for its efforts to protect Nazi-collaborating war criminals from prosecution and extradition, and
      (c) reconcile with communities that were victimized during Canada's Cold-War era of US-style McCarthyism.

    • Throughout the Cold War, ultranationalist East European groups rallied their communities' support for Canadian complicity in US-led invasions and occupations, such as the wars in Korea and Southeast Asia. Millions of innocent civilians were killed in each of these wars.

    • More recently, in Latin America, then-Foreign Minister Freeland took a lead role in The Lima Group. Through this multilateral state network, Canada's government has been working since 2017 to oust Venezuela's democratically-elected socialist government.

    • Knowing our Cold War history is useful in understanding Canada's current proUS/proNATO foreign policies, particularly in Eastern Europe. Since 1991, extremely Russophobic movements, parties and governments there have fought for the "freedom" to celebrate their Nazi-collaborating heritage. In this context, Canada has continued to become an increasingly strident voice in the dangerous escalation of tensions between NATO and Russia.


      This petition is based on research published in Issue#70 of Press for Conversion! magazine...
      Defunding the Myths and Cults of Cold War Canada:
      Ongoing state support for East European émigré groups with deep fascist roots
      (Collaborators, Crusades and Coverups in an era of “truth and reconciliation”)

    Please help find more group endorsements.
    This petition has so far been endorsed by:


    Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians
    Anti-Imperialist Alliance Ottawa
    Boundary Peace Initiative
    Canadian Council of Muslim Women - Montreal
    Canadian Foreign Policy Institute
    Canadian Serbian Alliance
    Community Coalition Against Racism (Hamilton)
    Esprit de Corps magazine  
    (Read endorsement)
    Gerald and Maas
    Greater Toronto for BDS
    Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War

    Independent Jewish Voices Canada
    Independent Jewish Voices - Calgary
    Just Peace Advocates
    Kingston Peace Council
    Ontario Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
    Ottawa Serbian Heritage Society
       (Read endorsement)
    Palestinian and Jewish Unity
    Peace Alliance Winnipeg
    Project Ploughshares Saskatoon
    Regina Peace Council
    Rights Action
    Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
    Saskatoon Peace Coalition
    Socialist Action / Ligue pour l'Action socialiste
    The Canada Files
    Veterans Against Nuclear Arms - Saskatoon
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Press for Conversion! began in 1990 as the magazine of the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade.  For its first decade it pressed for the conversion of military industries to socially-useful, environmentally-sound civilian production.