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10.01.2018

Montreal: The Ukrainian-language educational version of the documentary film “Okradena Zemlya” has been completed ushering in the upcoming 85th anniversary of the 1932-33 Famine Genocide in Soviet Ukraine. The new documentary release will add to the resource material available for Ukrainian-language teachers in Canada, the United States, Ukraine and other countries. This documentary is a shortened version of the original 75 min feature documentary directed and edited by filmmaker Yurij Luhovy. The Ukrainian-language educational release includes two versions for teachers to select from (28 min and a 54 min), on one DVD. Teachers of the Holodomor can choose the version that better fits into the length of their class time...



10.01.2018

On a Sunday afternoon in the hall of Holy Spirit Church in Hamilton, a film premiered about Metropolitan Josyf Slipyj. U Spravakh Ryfy (“The Ryf Cases”) was presented by Ihor Yatsiv, the press secretary of Patriarch Sviatoslav. This documentary film was produced in Ukraine but uses archival material and interviews from Ukraine, Rome, Italy and the United States. The film’s title is a reference to all of the criminal investigations and operations attempting to liquidate the Church in western Ukraine during the post-war Soviet period. All of these operations were put into one KGB folder codenamed “Ryf.” It features the first years of Metropolitan Slipyj’s life until 1963, when he was finally released from the GULAG in the Soviet Union and returned to Rome...



10.01.2018

Western leaders were getting far too rich off Russia to consider it a threat. For nearly two decades, the Russian government and Russian companies spent money with a view to corrupting business relationships and undermining great democracies. “I feel like we sort of choked.” That’s how one former administration official recently described President Barack Obama’s failure to react to intelligence reports on Kremlin attempts to influence the U.S. election. Plenty of other people — including, with extraordinary cynicism, President Donald Trump — have also asked why more wasn’t done...



28.12.2017

On October 26, 2017 Manor College hosted its fourth Ukraine focused dialogue on campus. The college welcomed U.S Congressman and Co-Chair of the Ukraine Caucus, Brian Fitzpatrick; US Congressman and Ukraine Caucus member Brendan Boyle; First Ambassador of the U.S to Ukraine, Hon. Roman Popadiuk; and US Justice Department Prosecutor and Advisor to the Procurator’s Office in Ukraine, Bohdan Vitvitsky. The panel was moderated by Manor College President, Dr. Jonathan Peri. The program directly complemented Manor College’s mission, which is to offer students a global vision through education. As America’s only Ukrainian heritage college, this dialogue was Manor College’s fourth Ukraine focused dialogue, which further proves Manor’s commitment to being the hub for discussion and deliberation around what Americans can do to help and support Ukraine...



28.12.2017

Today Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that Canada will include Ukraine in the Automatic Firearms Country Control List (AFCCL). Through this announcement, Canada once again demonstrates its steadfast support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, security and territorial integrity. “Foreign Minister Freeland’s announcement reflects the close ties and special relationship between Canada and Ukraine. Canada continues to demonstrate solidarity with Ukraine during this time of continuing military aggression by the Putin regime. Canadian armed forces personnel will not only continue to train and help to further professionalize the armed forces of Ukraine, but now these brave Ukrainian soldiers heading to the hot conflict on Ukraine’s eastern front will have the opportunity to be properly equipped,” stated Wrzesnewskyj...



28.12.2017

On 7 November 2017, at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) premises in Brussels, Belgium, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) Mission to International Organizations in Brussels organized an international high-level forum entitled “UWC at 50 and Beyond: European and Euro‑Atlantic Forum”, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the UWC. The participants numbering over 150 included policy-makers, scholars, civil society and Ukrainian diaspora representatives from over 25 countries in Europe and around the world. Panelists and guests from EU institutions, NATO, UN, and other international organizations also featured on the agenda...



13.12.2017

James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman and Conservative National Defence Critic, issued the following statement to mark Holodomor Memorial Day: “United with Ukrainians all around the world, today Canadians commemorate the victims of Holodomor, a man-made famine ordered by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in Ukraine in 1932-1933. Holodomor is without any doubt the darkest chapter in Ukraine’s history, which took millions of lives and wiped out entire villages in central Ukraine, where national traditions and self-awareness were rooted. This horrific act of genocide was an attempt to destroy Ukrainian national identity by eliminating their culture and language...



13.12.2017

On Monday, November 20, 2017 the 84th anniversary of the Holodomor was observed on Parliament Hill with a formal commemoration held to mark Stalin’s famine-genocide directed against the people of Ukraine in 1932-1933. The Holodomor commemoration was jointly hosted by the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group (CUPFG), the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) and the Embassy of Ukraine. Holodomor survivors Dr. Julia Woychyshyn and Halyna Zelem lit the memorial candle to open the commemoration and through their participation provided a direct link to Stalin’s genocide by famine which slowly starved to death millions of Ukrainians...



13.12.2017

On December 15, 2017 a delegation representing members of the National Executive of the League of Ukrainian Canadians (LUC) met with the Hon. Dave Levac, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, in his office at the Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park, Toronto. The purpose of the meeting was to brief Speaker Levac on the situation in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s war of aggression against the Ukrainian people. The need for worldwide recognition of the Holodomor as an act of genocide and the importance of the establishment of the Holodomor Memorial in Toronto were also discussed and strongly supported by the Speaker...



13.12.2017

On 10-11 November 2017 at The Old Mill in Toronto, Canada, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) held the final in a series of international conferences titled “UWC at 50 and Beyond: The Roadmap”, which summed up one half of a century of UWC activity and developed certain priorities for the future. Participating in the conference were religious and state high-ranking officials and diplomatic representatives from Ukraine and Canada, politicians, members of the leadership and representatives of UWC member organizations from Australia, Brazil, Great Britain, Greece, Estonia, Canada, Russian Federation, USA, Hungary, and Switzerland, and leaders of UWC partner organizations – International Institute for Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations of Lviv Polytechnic National University and Atlantic Council...



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