Sunday, November 22, 2009

National Holodomor Awareness Week in Canada

This year, National Holodomor Awareness Week will be observed from November 23 - 29 across Canada.

Throughout this coming week, Canadians will unite in remembrance on the 76th anniversary of the Holodomor, the famine genocide in Ukraine from 1932-33.

Events across the country will commemorate one of history's most heinous crimes against humanity and honour its victims, who number in the millions. Lectures, film nights, discussions with survivors, and commemorative services will raise awareness of this horrific genocide against the Ukrainian people.

In Canada, communities will begin reading the names of Holodomor victims. A comprehensive list was published in 2008 by the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor.

In Toronto, Hamilton and St. Catharines, Ontario, installations of black flags at prominent city locations will pay tribute to the millions of children, women and men who were victims of the Soviet regime's ruthless policy to eliminate a nation.

On November 24, a commemoration ceremony will be held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, sponsored by the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada and the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group.

On Friday, November 27, Holodomor Memorial Day will be marked in schools of the Toronto District School Board, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board.

Saturday, November 28 marks International Holodomor Memorial Day and Holodomor Memorial Day in Canada. On this Memorial Day, all Canadians are asked to honour the memory of the victims with a moment of silence at 9 a.m., and light a candle of remembrance in their homes.

On Sunday, November 29, memorial services will be conducted in churches across the country.

Canadians of all ethnic origins are invited to join the Ukrainian community in remembrance. The Committee for National Holodomor Awareness is coordinating these commemorative events. For more information visit the UCC website.

Ukraine Remembers – The World Acknowledges

2 comments:

Ukemonde said...

Great Paulette, need to keep pushing the issue of Ukraine's Holodomor to the forefront of the public attention. I will be hosting a 6 part series on this. First part has been posted, article by Lubomyr Luciuk in Kyiv Post. He was also picked up in op-editorial in upcoming issue of Montreal Gazette. Time not determined. I will let you know so we can write to the editor and thank them for their support. Roman

Pawlina said...

Yes, you're right. Wonderful that you are compiling recent works that shed more light on this dark chapter in human history. Perhaps it will help to enlighten some misguided but otherwise reasonable souls.