Tamil societies in universities across Canada came together to run a string of remembrance events, marking the fortnight leading upto Maaveerar Naal 2011.
For several years now, the Tamil societies take turns to hold remembrance events in campuses across the country.
“Maaveerar Naal is the biggest event for Eelam Tamils living all around the world and every year Tamil Students Associations (TSA) take upon the duty of having Maaveerar Naal in their respective campus," said Priyanth Nallaratnam, spokesperson of the Tamil Youth Organization (TYO) – Canada
"As youth we should always remember our heroes and continue to fight for the dreams that they died for”.
Ryerson University Tamil Students Association (RYE TSA) commenced the run up to Maaveerar Naal with the first event on Tuesday, 14th November. The event was well attended by members of the Canadian Federation of Students and the Ryerson Students Union.
Urging Tamil youth to come forward, Hamsini Krishan, Vice President of Internal Affairs at Ryerson University Tamil Students Association, said,
“It is our responsibility to educate our fellow youth about the sacrifices of our fallen heroes. As second generation students we have a responsibility to educate our fellow Canadians about the sacrifices of our Maaveerar. This campus Maaveerar Naal serves that purpose”
York University Tamil Students Association (YUTSA) held remembrance events on Wednesday November 16th 2011.
Events were also held on November 17th by the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Tamil Students Association (UTSC TSA), November 18th by the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus Tamil Students Association (UTM TSA), November 20th by the Canadian Tamil High School Students and on November 21st by the McMaster University Tamil Students Association (MC TSA).
On the 23rd November events will be held by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Tamil Students Association (UOIT TSA), the University of Toronto St George Campus Tamil Students Association (UTSG TSA) and the University of Waterloo Tamil Students Association (WASA).
Carleton University Tamil Students Association (CUTSA) will hold the final event on the 27th November.