Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) is a non-profit human rightsorganization committed to countering racism and antisemitism and to promoting the principles oftolerance, social justice and Canadian democratic values through advocacy and education.
Actively engaged in fostering the values of respect and acceptance, and in teaching theresponsibilities of citizenship in a democratic society, we are guided by the words of Holocaustsurvivor Simon Wiesenthal: “Freedom is not a gift from heaven. One must fight for it every day.” Ourphilosophy is reflected in our many engaging educational programs, including the following:
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center is a world class organization thatfights antisemitism here at home and across the world. Antisemitism rates have increasedprofoundly across Canada with an average of 5 million Canadians holding antisemitic viewsaccording to our 2018 study. To counter this scourge, we track antisemitism, speak to media,work with police and educators and meet with parliamentarians. We fight antisemitism oncampus and in our communities across the country. We hold hate crime seminars, educationalmeetings and a National Conference on the Holocaust. Many of the programs identified beloware examples of the tools we implement to combat antisemitism and promote tolerance, justiceand human rights for everyone.
Our award winning state of the art mobile human rights education centretravels to several provinces bringing Holocaust and human rights education to students of allages, empowering them to raise their voices and take action against hate and intolerance.From big cities to small towns, the Tour for Humanity has already visited 700 schools educatingsome 130,000 students to date. The “bus” is fully booked throughout the year as schools andcommunities – utilize this impressive learning opportunity to expand learning about theHolocaust, universal genocide and most critically, inspiring historical figures (like SimonWiesenthal, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Ghandi) who have made the world a betterplace.