August 17, 2020. OTTAWA. On August 23, Canadians commemorate Black Ribbon Day, the National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Communism and Nazism in Europe.
This year, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) and the Central and Eastern European Council in Canada (CEEC) are co-hosting an online commemorative event on Thursday August 20, at 1PM EDT, featuring Belarusian activist and politician Andrei Sannikov and Russian human rights and democracy activist Vladimir Kara-Murza, moderated by CEEC President Marcus Kolga.
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Established through a unanimous resolution of Canada’s Parliament in 2009, Black Ribbon Day coincides with the anniversary of the signing of the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between Nazi Germany and the Communist Soviet Union.
Soon after the Pact was signed, the two regimes jointly invaded and dismembered Poland, starting World War II. Millions of men, women and children were murdered, imprisoned, and subjected to dreadful brutality by the Nazi and Soviet regimes.
On Black Ribbon Day, we honour the memory of millions of innocent victims of Nazi Germany and the Communist Soviet Union.