Toronto District School Board insensitive to Stalinist genocide

    Ukrainian community to picket Board meeting

    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - A special meeting of the Toronto District School
Board (TDSB), scheduled for Thursday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m., will be picketed
by the Ukrainian community. The community is shocked by the exclusion from the
grade 11 curriculum of the Holodomor - Famine Genocide of 1932-33 in Ukraine
that claimed up to 10 million lives.
    "I was appalled by the lack of interest and respect shown to our
community by participating trustees," said Valentina Kuryliw, a teacher with
over 35 years' experience, referring to a meeting of the Program and Services
Committee held on June 2. "My parents and other famine survivors came to
Canada to escape the 'show trials' of the Soviet Union and this charade was
much worse, because it happened in Canada."
    Community representatives are demanding that the TDSB include this
Soviet-perpetrated genocide of the 20th century in the core curriculum of the
new course for 2008-09 titled Genocide: Historical and Contemporary
    "A tragedy that claimed up to 10 million lives and which affects
1.2 million Canadians of Ukrainian descent is surely worthy of inclusion in
the curriculum of one of the largest school boards in Canada," said Markian
Shwec, president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Toronto Branch.
    The trustees will meet at the TDSB office, 5050 Yonge Street, Toronto.

For further information:

For further information: Valentina Kuryliw, (416) 242-5361, (416)
605-5361; Marika Szkambara, (416) 243-2004, (416) 875-2004; Andrew Melnyk,
(905) 895-9414

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