Sharing the Story – Holodomor Awareness eNewsletter – Volume 1, Issue 9 – November 23, 2013

Volume 1, Issue 9 – November 23, 2013.



International Holodomor Memorial Day
Saturday, November 23
Remember the victims with a moment of silence at 19:32 local time.
Light a candle of remembrance in your home.
Participate in local commemorative events and memorial services.
Share the story … Share the truth of the Holodomor
Ukraine remembers – the World acknowledges
Міжнародний День Пам’яті Жертв Голодомору
субота, 23 листопада
Вшануйте жертви Голодомору хвилиною мовчання о 19:32 за місцевим часом.
Запаліть в помешканнях свічки пам’яті.
Беріть участь у місцевих відзначеннях та пам’ятних службах.
Поділіться споминами … Поширюйте правду про Голодомор
Україна пам’ятає – світ визнає

Commemorations across Canada marking Holodomor Memorial Day


Saturday, November 23 

  • Vancouver, BC
  • Victoria, BC
  • Calgary, AB
  • Edmonton, AB
  • Foam Lake, SK
  • Rama, SK
  • Winnipeg, MB
  • Ottawa, ON
  • Toronto, ON
  • Montreal, QC

Sunday, November 24 

  • Vernon, BC
  • Hamilton, ON
  • London, ON
  • Oshawa, ON
  • Ottawa, ON
  • St. Catharines, ON
  • Windsor, ON



“Those who were untouched by this tragedy do not understand us. But they need to understand us. So that our memory of the victims remains eternal. Only then will we not be simply people or a population, but a nation.”

Semen Rak

Holodomor survivor

Cherkassy oblast


Join your community in remembrance. Visit the UCC site for times and venues.
aboutTheLogoNational Holodomor Awareness Week
International Holodomor Memorial Day
Saturday, November 23, 2013
National Holodomor 
Awareness Week

November 18-24, 2013
aboutTheLogoAbout the Logo

The logo selected for the80th commemorative year, designed by Ukrainian Canadian artist Oleh Lesiuk, depicts five stalks of wheat delicately bound with a black ribbon. While serving as a reminder of the famine’s devastation, the wheat symbolizes the Ukrainian nation’s determination to live and prosper; the nation’s future. 


“Five Ears of Grain” Law

On August 7, 1932, Joseph Stalin authored a law with a sentence of death or 10 years’ imprisonment for the misappropriation of collective farm property. This law led to mass arrests and executions. Even children caught picking handfuls of grain from fields were convicted.



Internationally, 16 countries have officially recognized the

Holodomor as an act of genocide.


In Canada, the Government of Canada unanimously passed Bill C-459, the Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (“Holodomor”) Memorial Day Act which came into force by Royal Assent on May 29, 2008. The Act recognizes the Holodomor as an act of genocide and proclaims the 4th Saturday of each November Holodomor Memorial Day.


The Provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec have passed similar legislation.


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