Canada Ukraine Foundation

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(CIUS: Edmonton, 18 September 2018)

The boards of three Ukrainian Canadian foundations and Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies are proud to announce the Professor Manoly R. Lupul Endowment to Advance Ukrainian Language Education, co-founded to support programs in Alberta and
beyond through the activities of the Ukrainian Language Education Centre (ULEC) at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS), University of Alberta.

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Video: Visit this state-of-the-art bus to learn about the Ukrainian famine that killed millions

Holodomor mobile classroom is in Lively from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday

That can change though. And quickly, if you can make the time for a trip to the Anderson Farm Museum in Lively. The Holodomor National Awareness Tour and its state-of-the-art mobile classroom has arrived and will remain at the farm until late Friday afternoon.

The tour is a project to raise awareness of the Holodomor, a man-made famine in the Soviet Ukraine that resulted in the deaths of millions of Ukrainian people between 1932 and 1933.

During the school year, classrooms participate in a 60-minute lesson aboard the fully customized 40-foot RV, but during the summer months, it acts as a mobile theatre that has reached Canadians coast to coast. To date, it has visited more than 200 schools.

“Holodomor” is a Ukrainian word that translates as “murder by starvation”. Fifteen countries have recognized the famine as an attempted genocide by Soviet dictator Joseph to eliminate Ukrainian aspirations for independence.

Genocide or not, the Ukrainian famine was a result of the collectivization of agriculture in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the setting of exorbitant grain quotas (including seed grain for planting) that were taken by force.

While the memory of this event is painful to many Ukrainians, those people of Ukrainian descent who have visited the tour have thanked the teachers for educating Canadians and for encouraging everyone to reflect and consider how such a tragedy could have ever occurred.

Exhibit manager Kevin Viaene explained that the classroom’s mobility has helped to bring the history of Holodomor to thousands of students. Many of whom, including Viaene himself when he was a young student, had no idea the famine had even occurred.

“I was litle bit shocked to see that such a large scale tragedy was something that I was unaware of, and something that wasn’t a major part of the curriculum in schools,” Viaene said. That motivated him to act, and he’s been working with the tour for three years now.

“It’s important to understand what went into it in order to see the signs of it, understand it and be able to prevent it from happening in the future.”

Data from the Canada-Ukraine Foundation Project has it that Ukrainians were dying at the rate of 28,000 per day in June 1933. The tour’s press release states that it has been estimated that more four million Ukrainians died in the famine.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Holodomor is welcome to visit the Holodomor National Awareness Tour at Anderson Farm Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour moves on after Aug. 24. The tour continues to Windsor next week.

June 14, 2018. KYIV. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) and Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) today announced the successful grant recipients from the Defenders of Ukraine Fund. The projects were selected based upon their efficacy to assist war veterans who bravely defend their country against Russia’s ongoing military aggression in Ukraine.

A total of $100,000 will be distributed among four projects, to be used for the rehabilitation and benefit of Ukraine’s wounded soldiers and veterans. The successful recipients are:June 14, 2018. KYIV. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) and Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) today announced the successful grant recipients from the Defenders of Ukraine Fund. The projects were selected based upon their efficacy to assist war veterans who bravely defend their country against Russia’s ongoing military aggression in Ukraine.

  • Ukrainian Social Academy for “Boots to Business” entrepreneurship training program for veteran
  • Donbas ATO Veterans Union, Centre Poruch for psychological support of veterans and their families
  • Veterans House for ATO veterans providing temporary shelter and rehabilitation programs
  • Pobratymy & Dopomoha Ukraini, “Training in Overcoming Combat Shock Trauma and Preventing PTSD for Veterans”

For more information on each project please see background document

More than 80 applications were received and reviewed by

an independent panel of jurors and advisors representing donors, medical professionals, community leaders and war veterans. They were focused on projects which will be most beneficial for Ukraine’s wounded soldiers and veterans.

The Fund was established thanks to the generous support of donors and participants in the UCC’s Gala Reception in Honour of Ukraine’s Invictus Team, which was attended by Team Ukraine, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, dozens of Ministers and other dignitaries from Canada and Ukraine, and several hundred guests at the Liberty Grand in Toronto on September 22, 2017.

“Thanks to the generous support of donors, participants and volunteers during the Gala Reception for Invictus Team Ukraine, the UCC and CUF will be able to support projects that provide meaningful and lasting benefit to Ukraine’s wounded soldiers and veterans,” stated Grod. “As Russia continues to wage war on Ukraine, we have a duty to support the defenders of Ukraine. The UCC is honoured to help these brave men and women, who are an inspiration to us all.”

“The Defenders of Ukraine Fund will provide meaningful support to vital projects that are assisting wounded warriors in Ukraine,” stated Victor Hetmanczuk, President of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation. “We were pleased to see so many applications from organizations doing excellent work in support of Ukraine’s brave war veterans.”

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