Canadian Ethnocultural Council adopts resolution on Famine-Genocide

OTTAWA - The board of presidents of the Canadian Ethnocultural Council, a coalition of national ethnocultural umbrella organizations that promotes the multicultural character of Canada, on June 18 adopted a resolution on the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide.

The text of the resolution, proposed by Eugene Czolij, president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, reads:

"On the 70th anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide of 1932-1933, the Canadian Ethnocultural Council supports the June 19, 2003, unanimous Resolution of the Senate of Canada calling upon the government of Canada:

"a) to recognize the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide of 1932-1933 and to condemn any attempt to deny or distort this historical truth as being anything less than a genocide;

"b) to designate the fourth Saturday in November of every year throughout Canada as a day of remembrance of the more than 7 million Ukrainians who fell victim to the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide of 1932-1933; and

"c) to call on all Canadians, particularly historians, educators and parliamentarians, to include the true facts of the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide of 1932-1933 in the records of Canada and in future educational material."

Mr. Czolij commented: "The UCC commends the Canadian Ethnocultural Council for this important resolution. "The UCC also reiterates its request that the government of Canada act upon the Senate resolution this year, during the 70th anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide of 1932-1933."

Copyright © The Ukrainian Weekly, August 3, 2003, No. 31, Vol. LXXI

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