November 22, 2021. OTTAWA, ON. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) National Holodomor Awareness Committee launched National Holodomor Awareness Week, November 22-28, commemorating the 88th anniversary of the Holodomor, the Soviet Communist regime’s genocide against the Ukrainian people.
“We are honoured to be joined this year for the launch of National Holodomor Awareness Week by Canada’s Prime Minister, Leader of the Official Opposition, and Leaders of the Bloc Quebecois and New Democratic Party, whose remarks you can view below,” stated Irene Mycak, Chair of the UCC National Holodomor Awareness Committee. “We encourage all Canadians to join us in commemorating the Holodomor. May the Memory of the Victims Be Eternal. Вічная Пам’ять.”
As we gather this year in remembrance, we pray for the souls of the victims of the Holodomor. We are grateful to the survivors who have courageously shared their stories to help educate and unite us in raising awareness of the Holodomor. We call upon descendants of victims and survivors to share familial stories and keep our memory of the millions of innocent victims of the Holodomor forever alive.
Holodomor Commemorative Events in Canada
Many communities are holding commemorative events. The UCC has compiled a list of Commemorative Events, lectures and webinars. To view the list of events, please see here
NATIONAL HOLODOMOR MEMORIAL DAY – Saturday, November 27
On Saturday, November 27 we encourage all Canadians to take a moment to remember the victims:
- At 19:32 (7:32 p.m.) local time pause for a moment of silence wherever one may be to honour the memory of the victims.
- Light a candle of remembrance in one’s home.
- Post photos of your candles on social media with your thoughts of remembrance.
- Request local churches to toll their bells at 19:32 in honour of the victims.
For the UCC National Holodomor Awareness Week Resource page, and commemorative efforts in which you can participate please see here