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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Holodomor Bill Introduced in British Columbia

On the 76th anniversary of the famine genocide in Ukraine 1932-33

November 26, 2009-Victoria, British Columbia- Yesterday a private member's bill was introduced in the province of British Columbia recognizing the Holodomor as an act of genocide.

New Democrat MLA for Surrey-Whalley, Bruce Ralston, introduced legislation recognizing "Holodomor" as the "famine and genocide that killed millions of Ukrainians during the period of forced collectivization in the Soviet Union." The legislation proposes that the fourth Saturday in November every year be commemorated as Holodomor Memorial Day in B.C. and recognizes the survivors of Holodomor who moved to British Columbia and made a positive contribution to the province.

Shown below are 14 representatives of the province's Ukrainian community who were present at the reading in support of Mr. Ralston and his efforts in promoting Holodomor recognition and awareness.

Left to Right:Valentyna Kaspryk (survivor), Alexandra Ciacka, Ludmilla Weaver, Robert Herchak, Myroslav Petriw (Secretary-Treasurer UCC-BC), MLA for Surrey-Whalley Bruce Ralston,Rev. Edward Kwiatkowski, MLA for West Kootenay Katrina Conroy, Roman Brunwald, MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers Sue Hammel, MLA far Vancouver-Kensington Mable Elmore (not pictured-Ihor Stanley Osobik and Maria Pomircha)

The provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario have enacted legislation recognizing the Holodomor and honouring the survivors of this crime against humanity.

National Holodomor Awareness Week continues through November 29. For a list of commemorative events in your community visit

Ukraine Remembers - the World Acknowledges

Україна пам'ятає - Світ визнає

For further information:
UCC Media Contact:
Darla Penner
Telephone: 204-942-4627

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