News Release - November 24, 2010
SASKATCHEWAN RECOGNIZES INTERNATIONAL HOLODOMOR REMEMBRANCE WEEK
The Government of Saskatchewan including Deputy Premier Ken Krawetz, members of the cabinet, the government caucus and members of the Official Opposition participated in a service today at the Saskatchewan Legislature to commemorate the Holodomor Genocide which devastated Ukraine over 75 years ago.
"It is with a heavy heart that we gather today to commemorate the events surrounding the Holodomor Genocide," Krawetz said. "But within the sadness let us also take solace in the knowledge that we will not let this human tragedy fade from our collective memory. The people of Saskatchewan will always remember."
Saskatchewan was the first province in Canada to recognize the genocide, passed legislation designating the fourth Sunday in November each year as Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day.
During International Holodomor Remembrance Week, November 21 to 28, people around the world reflect upon the millions of Ukrainians who died as a result of a man-made famine which devastated the country from 1932-33 under the regime of Joseph Stalin. It is believed that between seven to 10 million people died as a result.
A memorial candle, located in the Rotunda of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building, will remain lit for the week to show solidarity with people around the world who are taking time to remember.
In 2008, the government of Ukraine, the United States, the Senate of Canada, UNESCO and the United Nations joined more than 40 jurisdictions around the world to officially condemn the famine and recognize it as genocide.
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