Holodomor Awareness Week

National Holodomor Awareness Week 2019
November 18 – 24, 2018


National Holodomor Memorial Day
Saturday, November 24, 2019

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress is launching the National Holodomor Awareness Week November 18-24, 2018 to commemorate the 86th anniversary of the Holodomor – Famine Genocide of 1932-33.


As we gather this year to pray for the victims of the Famine Genocide in Ukraine, let us also remember the victims of today’s Russian aggression against Ukraine, including the lives that have been sacrificed for the right of every Ukrainian to live in freedom with dignity on Ukrainian soil on which rule of law prevails and fundamental human rights are respected.

UCC will be compiling a list of Holodomor Commemoration Events in communities across Canada taking place in 2019

Please send your event information to nationaloffice@ucc.ca

Holodomor Commemoration Events in Canada  – 2018

 International Holodomor Memorial Day:  Saturday, November 24

Let us remember together.  On Saturday, November 24 we encourage all Canadians to take a moment to remember the victims:

  • At 19:32 (7:32 p.m.) local time pause for a moment of silence wherever one may be to honour the memory of the victims.
  • Light a candle of remembrance in one’s home.
  • Post photos of your candles on social media with your thoughts of remembrance.
  • Request local churches to toll their bells ten times at 19:32 in honour of the victims.


On Sunday, November 25:

  • Memorial services will be celebrated in Ukrainian parishes.

National components

We encourage our communities to incorporate the following components into their local programs for national continuity.

  1. Honoring survivors – We honour the survivors among us and include them in commemorations.  We encourage survivors to share their story with our children, youth, the community, Canadians and the media. We also emphasize the need to include the descendants of survivors in our events. They are key to ensuring that the stories live on.


Share the Story – Please remember that we have two web sites that feature the poignant testimonies of Holodomor survivors. Please use these clips, which are available with English subtitles, during your commemorations.

We also encourage all of our member organizations to promote the sites by sharing the links on your organizational sites. The two sites are:



  1. Installation of black flags – We ask that you continue with the black flag installations. It is proposed that every city set up a display of 33 black flags along with one Ukrainian flag in a high traffic area for the week.  Alternatively, indoor installations can also be prepared for use in government buildings and schools.
  1. Reading names of victims – We continue to personalize this horrific crime by remembering individuals by name.  The names of victims should be read, including the village in which they resided and the age at which they perished.


A comprehensive list of resources has been made available by the UCC National Holodomor Education Committee. https://ucc.ca/programs/committees/national-holodomor-education/holodomor-education-resources/

  • Please also see the Committee’s resources available for Holodomor Memorial Day on the fourth Friday of November.

We have a wealth of Canadian-produced resources on the Holodomor due to the tireless efforts of our Canadian institutions and organizations. Please visit the web sites of:

Holodomor Research and Education Consortium

Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre

Children of Holodomor Survivors Speak Project


Ucrainica Research Institute and League of Ukrainian Canadians


People of Truth: In addition to the Holodomor resources available to us in Canada, please visit the web site of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance for additional resources. We draw your attention specifically to a series of posters that was produced for the 2015 commemorations – People of Truth, that highlights individuals who tried to reveal the truth of the Holodomor to the world. The series is available for downloading at the links provided. Please note, however, that the posters include the date of Holodomor Memorial Day in 2015, not 2016.





Holodomor National Awareness Tour

The Canada Ukraine Foundation (CUF) with its partners, Ukrainian Canadian Congress, The Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre and Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, has fully launched the Holodomor National Awareness Tour including the Holodomor Mobile Classroom.

Many across Canada have now had the opportunity to experience the project which has received financial support from the Government of Canada and the provincial governments of Ontario and Manitoba to date.

We encourage all communities to take full advantage of the benefits of this Mobile Classroom for educational purposes as well as for enhancing community outreach.

More information on this project is available on the project web site www.holodomortour.ca.



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