Call to Action: Holodomor Denial by University of Alberta Lecturer

This week University of Alberta students along with the Ukrainian Canadian Students’ Union uncovered a series of public social media posts by Assistant Lecturer Dougal MacDonald that call the Holodomor a “myth” and a “lie”. To view some of these posts, please click here.

Despite recognition of the Holodomor by the Canadian Parliament and provincial legislatures across Canada, this is a stark reminder that, even in 2019, we cannot afford complacency in Holodomor education and awareness.

In the past 48 hours there has been a tremendous response to UCC’s National Call to Action, including support from the following:
  • National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Assembly of First Nations
  • Alberta Premier Jason Kenney
  • Members of Parliament James Bezan, Michael Levitt, Heather McPherson and Yvan Baker
  • Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk, MLA for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville
  • University of Alberta Students Union
  • Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and the Jewish Federation of Edmonton
  • Armenian National Committee of Canada
  • Marcus Kolga, President of the Central and Eastern European Council
  • Canadian Polish Congress
Media Coverage, click on each to open the article:

Add your voice to those calling for Mr. MacDonald’s immediate censure and termination from the University of Alberta for his denial of the Holodomor.

Below please find suggested text for an email or letter which can be sent to the President of the University  of Alberta, Dr. David H. Turpin.

 

Suggested text for contacting the University of Alberta President:

On the 86th anniversary of Holodomor commemorated just a few short days ago, Canadians across the country remembered the millions condemned to death by starvation by the Soviet regime of Joseph Stalin in 1932-33.

Canada was the first nation to recognize Holodomor as Genocide in 2008, and it is one of the five genocides recognized by Canada along with the Holocaust, Armenian genocide, the Rwandan genocide and the Bosnian ethnic cleansing.

This week, University of Alberta students along with the Ukrainian Canadian Students’ Union uncovered a series of public social media posts by Assistant Lecturer Dougal MacDonald that deny the Holodomor as a “pro-Nazi myth” and a “lie”.

I call on the University of Alberta to immediately censure and terminate Mr. MacDonald for his denial of the Holodomor.

Name and contact information

 

Contact Information

Dr. David H. Turpin, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Alberta

2-24 South Academic Building (SAB)
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6G 2G7

uofapres@ualberta.ca

Telephone: 780-492-3212


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