This year, as we mark the 90th commemoration of the Holodomor, the need to unite in remembrance remains critical. The ruthless Russian aggressor is committing yet another genocide of the Ukrainian people and is deliberately attempting to destroy all things Ukrainian. We must remain one with the Ukrainian people in protecting our history, identity, and sharing the truth.
Our message is simple. We are a resilient people. We were not defeated through centuries of persecution, and occupation. The Holodomor, World Wars, Soviet-era persecutions, the Gulags, the Orange Revolution, the Maidan, today’s unprovoked war – did not and will not defeat us. Our strength lies in our truth and our unity.
We unite under the international motto for 2022-2023:
Пам’ятаємо! Єднаємося! Переможемо!
We remember, unite, and shall overcome!
We unite –
- In memory of all, who throughout the centuries were lost to a nation;
- In honour of our Holodomor survivors with whom the community was blessed, their will to survive and their hope for a brighter future;
- In sharing the stories of the People of Truth, who tried to alert the world;
- In honour of the women and men who throughout history to today defend Ukrainian territory and the Ukrainian people from the genocidal assault of the enemy;
- In recognition of the bravery and resilience of the Ukrainian people today with their heartbreaking yet inspirational stories.
Because when we unite in remembrance, we fuel the courage, will, resolve and resilience that will lead us to victory.
National Holodomor Awareness Week
November 20-26, 2023
National Holodomor Awareness Week will be launched from November 20-26, 2023, commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor.
International And National Holodomor Memorial Day
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26
On Saturday, November 25 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.
On Sunday, November 26:
● Memorial services will be celebrated in our Ukrainian parishes.
Updates for 2023
90th anniversary Awareness Campaign: A Pledge
The Ukrainian World Congress will be launching an awareness campaign in the form of a pledge. The goal is to engage as broad an audience as possible to show support for Ukraine while demonstrating the connection between current events and history.
The bilingual project description is attached to this memo.
• Media focus:
o Food as a weapon then and now
o Genocide then and now
Speaking notes on both issues will be made available on the UCC web site.
Engaging descendants of survivors
The Ukrainian World Congress International Holodomor Coordinating Committee launched the Global Holodomor Descendants Network in fall 2020, followed by the launch of the Holodomor Descendants’ Network in Canada in spring 2021. The goal of the global network is to create a platform for communication, support, advocacy, and activism.
Attached to this memo is information from the Global Descendants Network on a project titled “We Remember” – an oral history project aimed at high-school students, in partnership
with the International Educational Coordinating Council of the Ukrainian World Congress and
Kontakt Next Gen.
The project is open to students in grades 8-12. Students are asked to record a 5-to 10-minute video interview with a descendant of a Holodomor survivor about the descendant’s memories.
For more information and to download the info packet, visit hdn.ukrainianworldcongress.org.
Grade 7 student Marianna Davoudian interviews Uliana Hlynchak, granddaughter of a
Short informational video about the project from Holodomor Descendants Network here.
Building the database
Every Canadian community and organization is encouraged to actively engage descendants in commemorations while building a database of individuals interested in participating and learning more about the Holodomor and the network itself.
You can hear the stories as told by descendants of Holodomor survivors as part of a project launched by the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre titled Children of Holodomor Survivors Speak. This is a great project to share with descendants in your community in promoting the network.
Event Listings across Canada
November 21, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Alberta Legislature Building
10800 97 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6
Fort McMurray, Alberta
November 25, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
110 Eymundson Rd, Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5A5
November 26, 2 PM
Bishop Ryan Catholic School Auditorium
1824 Rymal Rd E, Hamilton
November 25, 2 PM
100 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3, Canada
November 26, 2 PM
30 Notre Dame Ave, Greater Sudbury, ON P3C 5K2
November 21, 2023, 12 PM (noon)
Saskatchewan Legislative Building
2405 Legislative Dr, Regina, SK S4S 0B3
November 25, 1:00 PM
Winnipeg City Hall
510 Main St, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1B9
Vancouver, British Columbia
November 26, 1:00 PM
Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
154 E 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 1Z4
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
November 24, 5:00 PM
2 Kent Street Charlottetown, PE C1A 1M6
November 21, 12:15 PM
1437 College Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W6
November 25, 12:30
Edmonton City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB T5J 0R2
November 25, 11 AM
St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Sobor – Calgary, AB (404 Meredith Rd NE Calgary)
Niagara | St Catharines, Ontario
November 25, 3 PM
St. George’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church
8 Augusta Ave, St. Catharines, ON L2M 5R2
November 23, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada
200 Sparks St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5C1, Canada
November 26, 1:00 PM
The London Ukrainian Centre
247 Adelaide St S, London, ON N5Z 2Z3
November 25, 6 PM – 8 PM
1179 Rue Peel, Montréal, QC H3B, Canada
Victoria, British Columbia
November 26, 6 PM
Christ Church Cathedral
911 Quadra St, Victoria, BC V8V 3G8
Fredericton, New Brunswick
November 25, 6:00 – 6:30 PM
Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
706 Queen St, Fredericton, NB E3B 1C5
Halifax, Nova Scotia
November 19, 11:00 AM
Peace and Friendship Park