August 23, 2020. OTTAWA, ON. On August 23, Canadians commemorate Black Ribbon Day, the National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Communism and Nazism in Europe.
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. May the Memory of the Victims Be Eternal. Вічная Пам’ять.
“On Black Ribbon Day, we pay tribute to the memory of so many millions of people who suffered under the tyranny of Nazi Germany and the Communist Soviet Union.” stated Alexandra Chyczij, National President of the UCC. “Today, as Putin’s Russia wages wars of aggression against its neighbours and manipulates history by rehabilitating Stalin’s murderous past, we must recall the lessons of history to ensure that the crimes of Nazism and Communism are never repeated.”
Earlier this week, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Central and Eastern European Council in Canada hosted an online commemoration of Black Ribbon Day. The commemoration can be viewed below.