Holodomor Memorial Day

Location:
  • Event Time 9:00 am-11:00 am
  • Event Date November 21, 2013

KoloskyIn 2006, the newly created Ukrainian Government declared the Holodomor to be a genocide, perpetrated by the Soviet Regime against the Ukrainian people in 1932-1933. The Ukrainian government set up an annual national day of mourning on the fourth Saturday in November.

In 2008 the Canadian Government passed a decree recognizing the Holodomor as genocide, and established a day of commemoration on the fourth Saturday in November for the victims of the Ukrainian Genocide.

On April the 10th, 2009 the Ontario Government passed bill 147, the Holodomor Memorial Act, by which the fourth Saturday in November has been designated as Holodomor Memorial day.

The Toronto District School Board, the Toronto Catholic District School Board, and other School Boards in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta have declared a day of commemoration in their schools on the fourth Friday in November.

The Holodomor as Genocide, has been recognized by many governments including the United States Congress as the intentional genocidal policy by the Kremlin against the Ukrainian people.

Throughout Ontario, the fourth Saturday in November in each year is proclaimed Holodomor Memorial Day to memorialize those who perished as victims of genocide by famine that occurred in Ukraine from 1932 to 1933.

In 2014, Holodomor Memorial Day was commemorated in school across the country on either Friday, Nov 21st or Fir Nov 28th, 20014. A suggested announcement that could be read over the P.A follows this introduction along with a pamphlet for teachers. With basic information suggestions, resources and contact information.

Suggested Activities for Holodomor Memorial Day

  1. Reading the announcement
  2. Activities
  3. Guest Speakers
  4. Exhibits
  5. Lessons
  6. Workshops

Pictures from Past Holodomor Memorial Days

In Toronto, at St. Vladimir Institute on 620 Spadina Ave. an installation of 33 black flags are erected representing the year 1933.

In Toronto, at St. Vladimir Institute on 620 Spadina Ave. an installation of 33 black flags are erected representing the year 1933.

Kyiv- Ukrainian National Building, Holodomor Exhibit, November 2013

Kyiv- Ukrainian National Building, Holodomor Exhibit, November 2013

Kyiv Ukraine, Candle vigil in front of the first monument to the Holodomor in Kyiv – St. Michael’s square.

Kyiv Ukraine, Candle vigil in front of the first monument to the Holodomor in Kyiv – St. Michael’s square.

November 2013 – Kyiv – First Holodomor Monument in Kyiv

November 2013 – Kyiv – First Holodomor Monument in Kyiv

Child Report Card

Student Report Card from the 1930’s in Kyiv - Note the image of Stalin; the leader of the USSR on a random child’s report card.

Student Report Card from the 1930’s in Kyiv
– Note the image of Stalin; the leader of the USSR on a random child’s report card.

Student Art

These are examples of art work done by students after learning about the Holodomor. Spoons and plates are used to represent the Genocidal Famine that the Ukrainian people suffered in 1932-33.

These are examples of art work done by students after learning about the Holodomor. Spoons and plates are used to represent the Genocidal Famine that the Ukrainian people suffered in 1932-33.

These are examples of art work done by students after learning about the Holodomor. Spoons and plates are used to represent the Genocidal Famine that the Ukrainian people suffered in 1932-33.

These are examples of art work done by students after learning about the Holodomor. Spoons and plates are used to represent the Genocidal Famine that the Ukrainian people suffered in 1932-33.