Between 1932 and 1933, over 10 million people died in Ukraine at the hands of the Soviet government in the Holodomor Genocide by Famine. One of the largest and most effective genocides in recent history, the Holodomor is a very controversial issue for Ukrainians worldwide. Recently, the fight for recognizing the famine as a genocide has gained a lot of ground. With the federal government of Canada passing the “Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day Act, and organized commemoration events across the nation, more and more Canadians are becoming aware of one of the many tragedies hidden behind the iron curtain.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights:
More recently, Ukrainian-Canadians have been working for the Holodomor to be included in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg, Manitoba. More information on the issue can be found at:
STUDENTS RAISE AWARENESS
Many Ukrainian Student Organizations (USO) across Canada have hosted memorial days, exhibits and famines to raise awareness for this tragedy. In the past year alone, Holodomor events were held at:
- McGill University
- McMaster University
- University of Alberta
- University of Ottawa
- University of Toronto
- University of Western Ontario
These USOs used the “Holodomor: Genocide by Famine” exhibit prepared by the League of Ukrainian Canadians. The exhibit consists of 100 posters (17”x11”) which contain information ranging from how the genocide was carried out and why, to the actions taken to keep it a secret. More information can be found at the Holodomor Education website – http://www.holodomoreducation.org/
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