Holodomor Archive – 2010

National Holodomor Awareness Week 2010

November 22-28

Events across Canada commemorating the

77th anniversary of the Holodomor

Famine Genocide in Ukraine 1932-33

For listing of events visit
http://www.ucc.ca/programs/projects/holodomor/

National Events

November 27, Holodomor Memorial Day, 19:32h  (7:32 p.m.) local time A moment of silence and candle lighting in homes

November 28 Requiem services in all Ukrainian Catholic and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches across Canada with solemn tolling of bells 10 times in memory of the millions of victims

Holodomor – one of the most heinous crimes in the history of mankind, was the result of a deliberate political strategy masterminded by Stalin and his totalitarian communist regime. By sheer magnitude, losses during the Holodomor surpassed those of the Ukrainian nation during the Second World War. Ukrainians worldwide continue to suffer the consequences of this merciless act.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress has established a permanent standing committee of the Congress – Committee for National Holodomor Awareness – with the mandate of raising awareness of this crime against humanity and promoting recognition of the Holodomor as an act of genocide.

In 2008, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor, the Government of Canada officially recognized the crime as a genocide of the Ukrainian people and proclaimed the fourth Saturday of every November National Holodomor Memorial Day. The provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec followed with similar provincial legislation.

As we prepare to mark the 77th anniversary of the Holodomor, the Congress continues to launch new initiatives with a focus on broadening the scope of awareness and recognition. Some of the ongoing projects include:

  • The promotion and development of National Holodomor Awareness Week, an annual event during the month of November leading up to International Holodomor Remembrance Day;
  • Working with our provincial ministries of education and local school boards to ensure that our students in Canada learn about the Holodomor;
  • Working with Canadian organizations to ensure that historical facts reach a wider audience;
  • Working with the Ukrainian World Congress toward the goal of recognition of the Holodomor as an act of genocide by the Organization of United Nations;
  • The establishment of a permanent Holodomor Education Fund which will fund initiatives designed to further Holodomor awareness and education.

We have a moral obligation to ensure that the personal stories of our survivors are documented and preserved for future generations. As a result, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, in cooperation with the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre, has been documenting the testimonies of Holodomor survivors living in Canada. These invaluable stories as told by individuals who witnessed the horror of 1932-33 in Ukraine are the focus of a new web site (www.holodomorsurvivors.ca), which will enable visitors to learn about the Holodomor from personal experiences.  This documentation will create a lasting contribution to the historical archives.

In June of this year an international action titled Svichka Molinnia was initiated by the Ukrainian World Congress. From June to November Svichka Molinnia (Remembrance Candle) will travel through all of Ukraine’s regions and countries around the world. It will also be taken to the European Parliament and United Nations before returning to Ukraine for International Holodomor Remembrance Day.

The Remembrance Candle will be introduced in Canada during the XXIII Congress of Ukrainian Canadians to be held in November in Edmonton and will be a symbolic continuation of the successful 2008 journey of the International Remembrance Flame with the slogan Keep the Flame Alive.

Let us remember together –

  • On Saturday, November 27 honour the memory of the victims with a moment of silence at 19:32 (7:32 p.m.) local time, and light a candle of remembrance in your home.
  • On Sunday, November 28 participate in memorial services which will take place in your local churches.
  • Participate in events organized by your local community.
  • Inform and raise awareness of the Holodomor among your family, friends, neighbours, educators and co-workers.
  • Support the UCC Holodomor Awareness Fund.

This is the bare minimum which we, as Ukrainians should do not only for the millions of victims, but more importantly, for our descendants who must always remember the Holodomor and heighten the international community’s sensitivity to the reoccurrence of similar tragedies.

National Holodomor Awareness Week 2010

November 22-28

Events across Canada commemorating the

77th anniversary of the Holodomor

Famine Genocide in Ukraine 1932-33

National Events

November 27, Holodomor Memorial Day, 19:32h  (7:32 p.m.) local time A moment of silence and candle lighting in homes

November 28 Requiem services in all Ukrainian Catholic and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches across Canada with solemn tolling of bells 10 times in memory of the millions of victims

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Vancouver

November 22-28 Black Flag Installation in memory of Holodomor victims, St. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, 304 8th St., New Westminster

November 27-28 Memorial Services in Ukrainian Orthodox and Ukrainian Catholic churches

Vernon, Kamloops, Kelowna, Grinrod

November 27-28 Memorial Services in Ukrainian Orthodox and Ukrainian Catholic churches

ALBERTA

Calgary

November 21-28 - 33 black flags and large Holodomor banner on display outside of the CYM domivka (Edmonton Trail @ 9 AVE NE)

November 23-26 (during business hours) Holodomor Exhibit, Calgary City Hall Atrium.  Sponsored by the Ukrainian Youth Association, Calgary Branch

November 26, 7:00 p.m. – CYM sponsored - Candlelight Vigil at the Holodomor Memorial site, Memorial Drive and Edmonton Trail.  Sponsored by the Ukrainian Youth Association, Calgary Branch.

November 27, 11:00 a.m. UCC Calgary sponsored - Memorial Service and Commemoration of the Holodomor 1932-33, St. Vladimir’s Cultural Centre, 411 Meredith Rd. NE

 (just off Edmonton Trail @ Memorial Dr.)

- CYM sponsored display of Holodomor Posters from Ukraine Poster Contest

November 27, 19:32h (7:32 p.m.) Moment of silence; Reading of names of victims in the Vinnytsia region of Ukraine;

Tolling of church bells at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Parish, 704-6thStreet N.E. during the “Concert of Talents” Ukrainian School Concert

November 28, 9:00 a.m. Prayer service for the victims at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Parish, 704-6th Street N.E.

For more information on Calgary events www.calgaryucc.org

Edmonton

November 20 - Exhibit – Holodomor: Genocide by Famine, Edmonton City Hall

November 22 - Exhibit – Holodomor: Genocide by Famine, Alberta Legislature

November 28, 12:30 p.m. Annual Holodomor Commemoration Memorial Service, Edmonton City Hall,
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square.
 Sponsored by UCC, Edmonton Branch.

Lethbridge

December 5 Memorial Commemoration including presentations by survivors, Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church

For more information on events in Alberta www.uccab.ca/holodomor

SASKATCHEWAN

Battlefords and District

November 27, 3:00 p.m. Commemorative Service, Slava Centre, 792 108th Street, North Battleford; For more information call 1.306.446.0848 or 1.306.446.0283

Regina

November 24, 12:00 noon Provincial Holodomor Ukrainian Famine-Genocide Commemoration, Rotunda of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building, 2405 Legislative Drive, Regina   For more information call 1.888.652.5850

November 26, 8:00 p.m. “Holodomor: Murder by Starvation”, A one-man play by Fr. Ed Evanko in commemoration of the Holodomor, Ukrainian Famine-Genocide 1932-33, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, 2445 Albert Street, Admission $10;  For more information call 1.306.338.2368

Saskatoon

November 22, 7:00 p.m. Holodomor Remembrance Candle Lighting Ceremony, St. Georges Citizens Seniors Club, 1235 20th Street West; For more information call 1.306.653.1733

For information regarding Church Services or other Commemorations in Saskatchewan communities:

Battlefords & District Ukrainian Canadian Cultural Council
Tel: 1.306.446.0848 or 1.306.446.0283

Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Canora Branch - Tel. 1.306.563.5211

Prince Albert & District Ukrainian Heritage Club Veselka - Tel. 1.306.763.2396

Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Regina Branch - Tel. 1.306.757.8835

Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Saskatoon Branch - Tel. 1.306.653.1711

Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Yorkton Branch - Tel. 1.306.783.7323

Weyburn Ukrainian Canadian Cultural Council - Tel. 1.306.842.5730

MANITOBA

Winnipeg

November 22-26

Book and poster displays, University of Manitoba. Sponsored by Ukrainian Canadian Students Union.

-  Holodomor Book display, St Andrews College

-  Holodomor poster display, Elizabeth Dafoe Library

International Film Symposium (English language), University of Manitoba

Sponsored by UCC Manitoba Provincial Council and UofM International Relations

  • Monday, Nov. 22  12:00 p.m. Rm 534 University Centre “ Famine 33”
  • Wednesday, Nov. 24 12:00 p.m. Rm 534 University Centre “ Harvest of Despair”
  • Friday, Nov. 26 1:30 p.m. Rm 107 Fletcher Argue   “Soviet Story”

November 27, 1:30 p.m. Memorial service in front of the Famine Monument, City Hall.

November 28, 10 a.m. Commemorative Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service followed by presentation: “Holodomor and International Community”, Professor Myroslav Shkandrij, University of Manitoba Department of German and Slavic Studies, Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Mary the Protectress, 800 Burrows Avenue

November 28, 11:30 a.m. Requiem Service, Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 1175 Main Street

ONTARIO

Hamilton

November 22, 6:30 p.m. - Film screening “The Soviet Story”,  Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 241 Kenilworth Ave. N.
Admission: by donation, students no charge

November 22-28 Black Flag Installations in memory of Holodomor victims at the following locations:

-       Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit, 15 Olga Street

-       Ukrainian Catholic Church of The Resurrection, 821 Upper Wentworth Avenue

-       Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main St. West

-       Hamilton Federal Building, 55 Bay St. North

November 22-28 Holodomor museum in the Metropolitan Wasyly Learning Centre will be open by appointment, Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Vladimir, 855 Barton Street East.

November 26 Holodomor Memorial Day to be marked in schools of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Boards

November 26 McMaster Ukrainian Students Association will be having an information booth in the Student Centre, McMaster University

November 28, 12:00 noon Memorial Service and Commemorative Program, Keynote speaker: Hon. Senator Raynell Andreychuk, Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Vladimir, 855 Barton Street E.

November 28, 3:30 p.m. Holodomor Commemoration, City Hall.  Sponsored by UCC, Hamilton Branch

Date TBA Screening of The Soviet Story

London

November 1-28 Remembrance Candle ceremonies in Ukrainian Catholic and Orthodox churches

November 22-28 Black Flag Installations in memory of Holodomor victims at the following locations:

- London City Hall, 247 Dufferin Avenue

- London Ukraine Centre, 247 Adelaide St. S.

- University of Western Ontario, 1151 Richmond Street

- London Central Library, 251 Dundas St.

- Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Parish, 151 King Edward Ave.

- Christ The King Ukrainian Catholic Church, 707 Nelson Ave.

November 28, 2:30 p.m. 77th Anniversary Commemoration, Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 247 Adelaide St. S.

Mississauga

November 27, 1:00 p.m. - Memorial service, Holodomor monument,
Dormition of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church, 3625 Cawthra Road,
Mississauga, ON

Oshawa

November 22-27 Black Flag Installation in memory of Holodomor victims, Oshawa City Hall, 50 Simcoe St. S.

November 28, 12:00 noon Requiem Service, St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, followed by Commemorative Program, L’viv Hall

Ottawa

November 22-28 Black Flag Installation in memory of Holodomor victims, near the Human Rights Monument, Elgin and Lisgar Streets

November 27, 2:30 p.m. Holodomor Commemoration Ceremony, Human Rights Monument, Elgin and Lisgar Streets.  Sponsored by UCC Ottawa Branch.

November 28, 9:30 a.m. Requiem service in memory of the victims of the Holodomor, St. John the Baptist Shrine, 952 Green Valley Crescent

November 30, 7:00 p.m. Holodomor Commemoration Ceremony including the exhibit Holodomor – Genocide by Famine, Government Conference Centre, 2 Rideau Street.  Sponsored by the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group and the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada.

St. Catharines

November 21-28 Black Flag Installation in memory of Holodomor victims, St. John the Theologian Ukrainian Catholic Church, 91 Lakeshore Road

November 27, 19:32 (7:32 p.m.) Remembrance Candle Ceremony

November 30 Film Screening “The Soviet Story”, Centennial Public Library

For more information contact UCC St. Catharines 905-935-5186 or

pdiakow@sympatico.ca

Toronto

November 14-28 Exhibit – Holodomor: Genocide by Famine, Scarborough Civic Centre

November 21 Exhibit – Holodomor: Genocide by Famine, Ukrainian Catholic and Orthodox Churches

The exhibit Holodomor: Genocide by Famine will be displayed at the University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, York University, University of Alberta, University of Manitoba, in the month of November; Sponsors: Ukrainian Students’ Club

For futher information on the exhibit, additional locations and dates: 416.516.8223 or luc@lucorg.com

November 23, 7 p.m. Public meeting with members of the Ukrainian and Polish communities; Special guests include the Polish Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) delegation from Poland.  Canadian Ukrainian Art Foundation and Gallery. Sponsored by the League of Ukrainian Canadians.

November 24, 2-4 p.m. Book presentation by Polish Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) to the academic community. The name of the book is “Holodomor: the Great Famine in Ukraine, 1932-1933.”, Munk Centre, Room 208 N, University of Toronto

November 25, 2 p.m. Book presentation by the League of Ukrainian Canadians to the Petro Jacyk Central and East European Resource Centre, University of Toronto – 21 volumes of “The National Book of Memory of the Victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine, 1932-1933.”, Robarts Research Library, University of Toronto

November 26 Holodomor Memorial Day to be marked in schools of the Toronto District School Board

November 26 Film screening, The Soviet Story, St. Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina Avenue. Sponsored by the Ukrainian Students’ Club University of Toronto and the League of Ukrainian Canadians

November 27, 10 a.m. Commemorative Service, St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 406 Bathurst Street.  Sponsored by UCC, Toronto Branch.

November 27 Holodomor Commemoration, Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 83 Christie Street. Sponsored by the League of Ukrainian Canadians, League of Ukrainian Canadian Women, Ukrainian Youth Association of Canada (CYM), Ucrainica Research Institute and the Yuri Lypa Ukrainian Heritage Academy

Windsor

November 22-28 Black Flag Installation in memory of Holodomor victims, City Hall Park
November 21, 1:30 p.m. Memorial Service and Commemorative Program at the Holodomor monument, Jackson Park.  Sponsored by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Windsor Branch; Contact 519.256.8778

QUEBEC

Montreal

November 11, 12:00 noon Screening of the award-winning documentary film Harvest of Despair followed by a discussion with the film’s producer and editor Yurij Luhovy, Dawson College in Westmount.  Sponsored by the Dawson Ukrainian Club.

November 15-19 Exhibit Holodomor: Genocide by Famine, McGill University Library.  Sponsored by the McGill Ukrainian Students’ Association (MUSA).

November 27, 3:30 p.m. Commemorative Memorial Service, St. Sophia Cathedral, 6270-12th Avenue, Rosemount.  Participation of children from the Ukrainian Saturday Schools, Plast and SUM youth organizations, a symbolic lighting of candles, presentation by historian Prof. Roman Serbyn.

November 28, 4:00 pm — The Shevchenko Society (NTSh) Montreal branch, is sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Daria Darewych, art historian and professor of art history at York University in Toronto, titled “Zobrazhennia Holodomoru v Obrazotvorchomu Mystetstvi Poza Mezhamy Ukrainy”.  It will be held at the Ukrainian Youth Centre, 3250 Beaubien E.  Voluntary donations, everyone is welcome.

Sponsored by UCC Montreal branch and Quebec Provincial Council.

Date TBA Screening of the documentary film “Okradena Zemlya”, details to follow.

For further information contact: UCC Cultural Chairperson — Bohdanna Klecor-Hawryluk tel. 514.259.7162


Additional Information

HOLODOMOR EVENTS SPONSORED BY THE CANADIAN CONFERENCE IN SUPPORT OF UKRAINE

The exhibit Holodomor: Genocide by Famine was produced by the League of Ukrainian Canadians.

Presently, the Holodomor: Genocide by Famine exhibit display schedule is as follows:

1. The exhibit will be displayed at the Scarborough Civic Centre, Toronto, Nov 14-28 (the exhibit has already been displayed at Toronto City Hall and the North York Civic Centre).

2. The exhibit will be displayed at the University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, York University, all in the month of November with each Ukrainian Students’ Club sponsoring the exhibit.

3. The exhibit will be displayed at Edmonton City Hall on Nov 20 and at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton on Nov 22.

4. The exhibit will be displayed at Ukrainian Catholic and Orthodox Churches across Canada on Nov 21 (we don’t have a list of these Churches).

5. The exhibit will be displayed on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Nov 30.

6. The exhibit will be displayed in May 2011 at the Mowat Block foyer, 900 Bay Street in Toronto.

7. Display of the Ukrainian Youth Association of Canada (CYM)-sponsored Holodomor exhibit at the Calgary City Hall Atrium on Nov 23-26

8. The CYM-sponsored Candlelight Vigil at the Holodomor Memorial site in Calgary on Nov 26

9. The Calgary CYM-sponsored display of  Holodomor Posters from the Ukraine Poster Contest on Nov 27

10. University of Manitoba, University Centre, Nov 22-26: Display table at University Centre (Ukrainian Canadian Students Union), including posters, students handing out pamphlets, and viewing of a film on laptop; Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Holodomor Poster display, Nov 22-26; St Andrews College, Holodomor Book display, Nov 22-26

11. Ukrainian Canadian Congress Manitoba Provincial Council and U of M International Relations present Holodomor Film Symposium ( in English): Nov 22- “ Famine 33” at 534 University Centre; Nov 24- “Harvest of Despair” at  534 University Centre; Nov 26-“The Soviet Story” at Isbister Argue

Holodomor Commemoration in Brantford, Ontario on Nov 17, with special guest MPP for Brant, Dave Levac


Three Holodomor-related events, sponsored by the League of Ukrainian Canadians, League of Ukrainian Canadian Women and Ucrainica Research Institute, are scheduled to take place at KUMF (Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation, 2118-A Bloor Street West) in Toronto and the University of Toronto on Nov 23, 24 and 25. They relate to the visit of a delegation representing the Polish Institute of National Remembrance. This Institute recently published a book of Polish documents on the Holodomor, called Holodomor: the Great Famine in Ukraine, 1932-1933, providing evidence that the Holodomor was indeed a genocide.


The Ukrainian Students’ Club at the University of Toronto and the League of Ukrainian Canadians are sponsoring film night scheduled for Nov 26 at St. Vladimir Institute (620 Spadina Avenue). The name of the film that will be shown is The Soviet Story.


The League of Ukrainian Canadians, League of Ukrainian Canadian Women, Ukrainian Youth Association of Canada (CYM), Ucrainica Research Institute and the Yuri Lypa Ukrainian Heritage Academy are sponsoring the commemoration of the 77th anniversary of the Holodomor (organized by the Yuri Lypa Ukrainian Heritage Academy) at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Toronto (83 Christie Street) on Nov 27.