National Holodomor Awareness Week November 21 - 27, 2011

WINNIPEG, Nov. 18, 2011 /CNW/ - Canadians will unite in remembrance November 21-27 during the fourth annual National Holodomor Awareness Week.   Events across the country will commemorate one of the most heinous crimes in the history of mankind and honour its victims which number in the millions.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) continues its efforts to secure this genocide's rightful place in the new publicly-funded Canadian Museum for Human Rights.  Recognized by the Parliament of Canada as genocide of the Ukrainian people, this year's Holodomor anniversary will be marked with a variety of commemorative programs and the participation of Holodomor survivors.

Understanding the horrible impact of famine on a country and its people, the Ukrainian Canadian community reached out to the Somali community in their time of need, raising over $110,000 for African Famine relief, presenting a cheque to UNICEF on October 28.

Throughout Canada, installations of black flags at prominent city locations will pay tribute to the millions of children, women and men who were victims of the Soviet regime's ruthless genocidal policy to eliminate the Ukrainian nation.

A Commemorative Ceremony organized by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress in cooperation with the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group will be held November 22 on Parliament Hill.

Saturday, November 26 marks International Holodomor Memorial Day and Holodomor Memorial Day in Canada. We urge Canadians will honour the memory of the victims with a moment of silence at 7:32 p.m. (19:32) and light candles of remembrance in their homes.  Memorial services will be celebrated in churches across the country on Sunday, November 27.

For a list of events across the country visit www.ucc.ca/holodomor/events.htm

SOURCE Ukrainian Canadian Congress

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Media Contact:
Darla Penner
Telephone: (204) 942-4627
Email: dpenner@ucc.ca
Website: www.ucc.ca

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