is Ukrainian Independence Day, a day when the Ukrainian community across Canada traditionally gathers to celebrate. This year, with Russia’s ongoing genocidal war against Ukraine, it is especially important for Ukrainians in Canada to mark this day. This is a time to pay tribute to the courage and valour of the Ukrainian people in defence of their freedom. This is also an opportunity for municipal governments to welcome displaced Ukrainians to your city or town.
This year, we ask all municipal governments to participate in marking Independence Day. We invite you to:
- Hold a Ukrainian flag raising ceremony at your city halls on August 24.
- Light public monuments, buildings and signs in blue and yellow on August 23 and 24.
Together we hope that these actions will bring Canadians together to show support and solidarity for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people at a time when they are suffering from Russia’s brutal aggression.
Below, you will find a sample flag-raising program and a proclamation of August 24, 2023, as Ukrainian Independence Day.
Below, you will find what activities are happening in our communities across the country.
More than 170,000 displaced Ukrainians have arrived in Canada between January 1 and August 8, 2023. They have been welcomed by Canadians in multiple communities across the country. We encourage you to find a local UCC branch or member organization in your city. Many community groups have strong presence on social media too.
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