Celebration of World Falun Dafa Day in Canada
(Minghui.org) May 13, 2017 is the 25th anniversary of Falun Dafa's public introduction and the 18th World Falun Dafa Day. Practitioners of Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) across the world celebrate the anniversary by holding various events, including parades, rallies, group exercise demonstrations, and art performances.
Meanwhile, they also raise awareness of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong in China and called for an end to the CCP's state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners.
In this report, we present celebration events in Ottawa and Toronto.
Celebration of World Falun Dafa Day in Ottawa, Canada
Falun Gong practitioners from Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Quebec gathered in front of Parliament Hill in Ottawa on May 9. They held a group exercise demonstration, march, and art performances to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day.
More than ten Members of Parliament spoke at the rally. They commended Falun Dafa and its principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. They also praised the practitioners' perseverance in their belief and peaceful protest of the persecution in China, which has lasted 18 years.
Despite freezing temperatures, a stream of tourists visited the Parliament buildings. Many learned about Falun Gong from the event, and some were interested in learning the exercises on the spot.
Chinese tourists learn about the persecution of Falun Gong in China.Zero and Amer from Quebec watch the celebration. They expressed interest in learning Falun Gong.Mareo from Brazil and his wife watched the Tian Guo Marching Band and said they were lucky to encounter the event.Sean (right) and Ken recorded video of the Tian Guo Marching Band. They support the practitioners' effort against the persecution in China.Inci (second from right) from the U.S., along with her family members residing in Europe, expressed support for the practitioners' effort against the persecution and organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners in China.
MPs Participate in the Celebration
Thirteen MPs and two former MPs participated in the celebration. They are Peter Kent, Judy Sgro, Garnett Genuis, Elizabeth May, Michael Copper, Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Ruby Sahota, Cheryl Hardcastle, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Robert Falcon-Ouellette, Daniel Blaikie, Borys Wrzesnewskyj, and Ted Falk, former Minister of Justice Irwin Coltor, and former Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific David Kilgour.
MP Judy Sgro of the Liberal Party speaks at the rally. She said that Falun Dafa teaches people to be healthy and expressed appreciation for practitioners' contribution to the country.MP Peter Kent speaks at the rally. He was a former Minister of Environment.MP Michael CopperMP Cheryl HardcastleMP Daniel BlaikieMP Borys WrzesnewskyjMP Garnett GenuisFormer Minister of Justice Irwin ColtorMP Pierre-Luc DusseaultvDavid Kilgour, former Secretary of State for Asia-PacificMP Ted FalkMP Ruby SahotaMP Nathaniel Erskine-SmithMP Elizabeth May
Toronto Practitioners Send Well Wishes to Falun Gong Founder
Falun Gong practitioners in Toronto celebrated World Falun Dafa Day in Clarence Park in downtown on May 6, 2017. They had a group photo taken before the march to express appreciation for Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong.
Practitioner Xiao Yanrong shared her experience of practicing Falun Gong. She said with tears in her eyes, “November 15, 2014 was the day of rebirth for me. I started practicing Falun Gong. Master gave me a second life. My appreciation is beyond words.”
She immigrated to Canada more than ten years ago. Her health later deteriorated. She had heart disease, severe rhinitis, and two breast tumors. She lived each and every day in agony. Doctors were unable to find out what was wrong with her.
She took painkillers and sleeping pills daily. She was desperate. She saw a program online with an interview of a Falun Gong practitioner. After watching the first video of Master Li's lectures in Guangzhou, she decided to learn Falun Gong. As soon as she had this thought, she felt a warmth throughout her body. That was when she started practicing Falun Gong. Her symptoms and tumors disappeared within two weeks, and she has been healthy ever since.