Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) is a non-profit human rights organization committed to countering racism and antisemitism and to promoting the principles of tolerance, social justice and Canadian democratic values through advocacy and education.
Actively engaged in fostering the values of respect and acceptance, and in teaching the responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic society, we are guided by the words of Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal: “Freedom is not a gift from heaven. One must fight for it every day.” Our philosophy is reflected in our many engaging educational programs, including the following:
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center is a world class organization that fights antisemitism here at home and across the world. Antisemitism rates have increased profoundly across Canada with an average of 5 million Canadians holding antisemitic views according 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 on campus and in our communities across the country. We hold hate crime seminars, educational meetings and a National Conference on the Holocaust. Many of the programs identified below are examples of the tools we implement to combat antisemitism and promote tolerance, justice and human rights for everyone.
Our award winning state of the art mobile human rights education centre travels to several provinces bringing Holocaust and human rights education to students of all ages, 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 educating some 130,000 students to date. The “bus” is fully booked throughout the year as schools and communities – utilize this impressive learning opportunity to expand learning about the Holocaust, universal genocide and most critically, inspiring historical figures (like Simon Wiesenthal, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Ghandi) who have made the world a better place.