In 1932-33, Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Communist regime brutally eliminated millions of innocent Ukrainians with an orchestrated famine known as the Holodomor. This criminal act was the culmination of a genocidal assault on the Ukrainian people causing irreparable harm to the social fabric of Ukraine’s society, its spiritual culture and identity.
In 2022, the attempt to ruthlessly eradicate the Ukrainian people continues. But history reminds us that Ukrainians are a people resilient and unbowed. We unite around this history in memory of the lives that were lost during the Holodomor, and throughout centuries of persecution and occupation.
In Canada, we honour the many survivors of the Holodomor with whom our community has been blessed. Their lives lived should inspire us all to continue sharing their stories with hope for a brighter, kinder future.
As we solemnly remember the victims of the Holodomor, we also unite in recognition of the bravery and resilience of the Ukrainian people today with their heartbreaking yet inspirational stories.
On Saturday, November 26, International and National Holodomor Memorial Day, please join Canadians and the international community in remembrance.
- Light a candle of remembrance in your home.
- Pause for a moment of silence at 19:32 (7:32) local time.
- Share images and reflections on social media.
- Participate in events in your local community.