Tamil youth in Canada experiment with virtual cemeteries for Tamil heroes
"Exactly one year ago, we as youth adopted the Tamil Sovereignty Cognition as a basis for our initiatives in the Diaspora. We should continue to move forward and never compromise on the fundamental principles to which we pledged our allegiance,” Pamela Katheswaran, the president of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Tamil Students Association in Canada told TamilNet on Sunday, attending the Heroes Day remembrance event organised by the Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO) in Toronto. The organisers had also launched an experimental web-based virtual replication of Eezham Tamils’ Heroes cemeteries (maaveerar thuyilum illam), razed down by the Sri Lankan military following the occupation of the country of Eezham Tamils.
“While the Sri Lankan government has made a concentrated effort to erase all symbols and practices that represent national liberation to Eezham Tamils, we have taken it as a responsibility to resist this attempt to erase our national history and identity,” the organizers said.
Event organizers said that Sunday’s event, which was live-streamed, had viewership worldwide including from within the island.
National Heroes Day is collectively organised in Canada under the banner of the Canadian Tamil Remembrance Organization on Tuesday.