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23.03.2017


The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs today announced that the Government of Canada is extending Operation UNIFIER, the Canadian Armed Forces military training mission in Ukraine, until the end of March 2019. Through Operation UNIFIER, the Canadian Armed Forces provides military training and capacity-building assistance to Ukrainian Forces personnel in support of Ukraine’s efforts to maintain sovereignty, security, and stability...

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14.12.2016


On Thursday November 17, 2016, a book launch was held in Toronto to introduce the newly published book by Prof. Bohdan Kordan, NO FREE MAN: Canada, the Great War, and the Enemy Alien Experience. Organized by McGill-Queen’s University Press, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Toronto Branch, and The Shevchenko Scientific Society, the launched was the first in Eastern Canada and attendees had the opportunity to hear about many aspects of the Internment of Ukrainians and other Eastern Europeans during the period 1914-1920...

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14.12.2016


On Saturday, 26 November 2016, the international community will pay tribute to the innocent victims of the Holodomor, the 1932-33 genocide of the Ukrainian nation. In an attempt to silence the Ukrainian nation and quell its aspirations for freedom, Joseph Stalin’s totalitarian regime, fearing the power of a determined people, sentenced millions of Ukrainians to death by starvation. “Ukraine is now of the utmost importance ... If we do not deal with the situation in Ukraine, we can lose Ukraine forever ...”, Stalin wrote...

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14.12.2016


The Leader of the Official Opposition and Interim Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Rona Ambrose, issued the following statement to mark Holodomor: “Today marks the grim anniversary of Holodomor, a somber occasion when the world remembers the forced starvation and oppression of Ukrainian men, women and children by the Soviet regime during the great famine of 1932-33...

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14.12.2016


The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement today on Holodomor Memorial Day: “Today, we commemorate one of the darkest chapters in human history: the forced starvation of millions of Ukrainians by the tyrannical regime of Joseph Stalin in the early 1930s. This genocidal act was designed to destroy the identity and will of the Ukrainian people. It did not achieve its aim. Despite the brutality of the Holodomor, Ukrainians endured and, after decades of Soviet control, Ukraine achieved its independence in 1991...

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14.12.2016


Kerry Diotte has introduced his first Private Members’ Bill (PMB) in the House of Commons. The bill is titled An Act to establish a Crimean Tatar Deportation (“Sürgünlik”) Memorial Day and to recognize the mass deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944 as an act of genocide. “My Bill condemns a dark chapter in history and takes a principled stand in support of freedom, democracy and the rule of law,” said Diotte, who was elected on Oct. 19, 2015. If passed, this Act will recognize the mass deportations of Crimean Tatars in 1944 by the Soviet regime as genocide and establish May 18 as a day of commemoration...

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17.08.2016


More than two years after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the ongoing war in the country’s east has been making significantly fewer appearances in Western media. At a time when the war on Europe’s doorstep seems to be fading from public consciousness, fighting has actually been intensifying, throwing the Minsk peace talks further into irrelevancy. Despite these trends diaspora organizations in Canada continue to raise money to support the Ukrainian army and its volunteers. One such organization is the League of Ukrainian Canadians (LUC) and its fund, Friends of the Ukrainian Defense Forces (FUDF). Since its...

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28.05.2016


“There used to be so many of them – they had their own schools, cultural centres, mosques” recalls one former resident of Crimea, referring to the Crimean Tatar population that was once a prominent feature of the peninsula. That was before the Second World War. Today, the ethnic makeup of Crimea looks much different, largely the result of a 1944 genocide carried out against the Crimean Tatars by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. In May of that year Stalin ordered the deportation of 230,000 Crimean Tatars on trumped up charges that they collaborated with the invading Nazi forces. Of those deported, nearly half died. Crimean Tatars are now facing a...

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19.04.2016


To mark the 125 Anniversary of the settlement of Ukrainians in Canada on March 10, 2016 the Province of Manitoba proclaimed 2016 The Year of Manitoba's Ukrainian-Canadian Cultural Heritage. At the March 10th session of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, the Premier of Manitoba Hon. Greg Selinger, read a proclamation which had the support of all parties represented in the House. Prior to reading the Proclamation, Premier Selinger stated, “Mr. Speaker, 125 years ago, in 1891, the first Ukrainians made their journey to Canada in search of freedom from oppression and an opportunity for a better life. Many settled here in Manitoba where they have made tremendous contributions to the social, cultural and economic fabric of our province. Today there are over 170,000 Canadians of Ukrainian descent in our province, more than any other province or territory in Canada...

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27.03.2016


The Deputy Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Andriy Parubiy began his official trip to Canada and the US on February 21, 2016. The one week long trip included numerous meetings and round tables in Toronto, Ottawa and Washington (DC). Multiple meetings with the leaders of the Ukrainian Canadian community in Toronto marked the first day of the official visit. Mr. Parubiy has answered numerous question of interest to the Ukrainian community, including tough questions on corruption, reforms and the current political turbulence in the Verkhovna Rada. The video from the Question & Answer session can be watched on Forum TV on...

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