About Holodomor

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.

With the de-classification of documents in Ukraine and eyewitness accounts, the world has learned of a horrific crime against humanity about which little was previously known or officially confirmed.  The confirmation was made by Ukraine itself in its quest for historical truth and national identity.  It is fact that the Holodomor: a) occurred; b) was deliberate; and was c) designed to destroy a nation.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) believes it is vital to ensure that this tragedy is not forgotten as it is the best hope against history repeating itself.

Recognition of the Holodomor as Genocide

Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada voted in 2006 to recognize the Ukrainian famine of 1932-33 as an act of genocide by enacting legislation the Закон України «Про Голодомор 1932–1933 років в Україні» Act on the 1932-33 Holodomor in Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada voted in 2006 to recognize the Ukrainian famine of 1932-33 as an act of genocide by enacting legislation the Закон України «Про Голодомор 1932–1933 років в Україні» Act on the 1932-33 Holodomor in Ukraine.

Following Ukraine’s lead, supported by the wealth of information available, the international community joined in recognizing the Holodomor.  To date, fourteen countries have formally recognized the Holodomor as an act of genocide: Australia, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, and the Vatican.

The Government of Canada recognized the Holodomor in May 2008 with an Act declaring the famine an act of genocide and establishing a national Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day.  Similar legislation has been passed by the provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.

The UCC continues to work toward recognition of the Holodomor as genocide in all Canadian provinces and supports the international campaign for recognition by the United Nations.

Additional information and a listing of the 24 Internment Camps can be found in the 2009 annual report at: http://www.internmentcanada.ca.

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Briefing Notes

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Survivors' Stories

National components

We encourage our communities to incorporate the following components into their local programs for national continuity.

Honoring survivors – We honour the survivors among us and include them in commemorations.  We encourage survivors to share their story with our children, youth, the community, Canadians and the media. We also emphasize the need to include the descendants of survivors in our events. They are key to ensuring that the stories live on.

Share the Story – Please remember that we have two web sites that feature the poignant testimonies of Holodomor survivors. Please use these clips, which are available with English subtitles, during your commemorations.

We also encourage all of our member organizations to promote the sites by sharing the links on your organizational sites. The two sites are:

Installation of black flags – We ask that you continue with the black flag installations. It is proposed that every city set up a display of 33 black flags along with one Ukrainian flag in a high traffic area for the week.  Alternatively, indoor installations can also be prepared for use in government buildings and schools.

Reading names of victims – We continue to personalize this horrific crime by remembering individuals by name.  The names of victims should be read, including the village in which they resided and the age at which they perished.

Holodomor National Awareness Tour

The Canada Ukraine Foundation (CUF) with its partners, Ukrainian Canadian Congress, The Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre and Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, has fully launched the Holodomor National Awareness Tour including the Holodomor Mobile Classroom.

Many across Canada have now had the opportunity to experience the project which has received financial support from the Government of Canada and the provincial governments of Ontario and Manitoba to date.

We encourage all communities to take full advantage of the benefits of this Mobile Classroom for educational purposes as well as for enhancing community outreach.

More information on this project is available on the project web site www.holodomortour.ca.

To further awareness and education, UCC has established two committies:
- National Holodomor Awareness Committee with the mandate of raising awareness of this crime against humanity and promoting recognition of the Holodomor as an act of genocide.
- National Holodomor Education Committee coordinates the inclusion of the topic of the Holodomor into the regular school curriculum in each province and territory across Canada.

Ukraine remembers – the World acknowledges