IBUKA Canada: A new chapter in the fight against Genocide trivialization

By Karirima Aimable Ngarambe
On 1 April 2023 at 10:05

IBUKA, the umbrella organization of survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, has opened a new branch in Canada, adding to similar organizations operating in other countries around the world.

IBUKA-Canada is headquartered in Toronto, Canada’s economic capital. The newly elected leadership committee includes President Léo Kabalisa, who resides in Toronto, and is deputized by Marie Josée Gicali living in Montréal, and Eugène Nshimiyimana, who resides in Hamilton. Gustave Mukurarinda living in Ottawa-Gatineau was selected as secretary.

Kabalisa expressed his satisfaction with the establishment of IBUKA Canada after a long period of conceptualization.

"The establishment of this organization is crucial for many reasons. Here in Canada, the majority of Rwandans living here are survivors of the Genocide against the Tutsi. IBUKA Canada will bring together different organizations aimed at remembering and restoring the dignity of our relatives who were killed with extreme cruelty and most of us were not able to lay them to rest decently," he said.

IBUKA Canada aims to provide a platform for survivors of the Genocide against the Tutsi, which took the lives of over 1 million victims in just 100 days, to connect with each other.

Kabalisa also expressed his gratitude for the fact that IBUKA Canada will contribute significantly to the efforts to fight against people trivializing the Genocide against the Tutsi.

He emphasized that it is also a platform for young people to gain a deeper understanding of the history of the Genocide against the Tutsi, stating that "they will be responsible for preserving history tomorrow to prevent a recurrence of what happened during the Genocide against the Tutsi."

"We live in foreign countries, but nationals also want to know who we are and our history. The fact that the Genocide is a crime against humanity raises alarm and attracts global attention beyond the place where it happened. That is why we have the responsibility to share our history with the world, starting with the places where we live in Canada, to know the truth and prevent a recurrence of what happened," Kabalisa added.

Kabalisa further stated that "Ibuka-Canada" complements other organizations responsible for the preservation of the history of the Genocide against the Tutsi, including Ibuka Belgique, Ibuka Suisse, Ibuka Rwanda, Ibuka Italie, Ibuka Hollande, Ibuka France, Ibuka Allemagne, Ibuka USA, Ibuka Sénégal, Ibuka Suède, and Ibuka Danemark.

Léo Kabalisa has been elected to chair the leadership committee of IBUKA Canada.
The vice president of Ibuka muri Canada, Marie Josée Gicali.
Dr. Eugène Nshimiyimana is responsible for communication in IBUKA Canada.
Gustave Mukurarinda has been elected as treasurer.