On the initiative of the International Coordinating Committee Ukrainian World Congress, in cooperation with Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry and the secretariat of the president of Ukraine, an International Remembrance Flame is traveling the globe.
Designed to raise awareness of the Holodomor on the occasion of the 75th anniversary, this Flame began its journey in Australia on April 1, 2008 and will travel through 35 countries before ending its journey in Ukraine in November of this year.
Canadian events titled “Keep the Flame Alive” remembered the victims of the Holodomor while ensuring that the story is transferred from generation to generation, from Holodomor survivors to the youth. Commemorative programs emphasized the importance of sharing facts about the Holodomor with Canadians and continuing the awareness campaign going forward thus helping to ensure that similar atrocities are never repeated.
The Flame was escorted throughout Canada by Holodomor survivor Mr. Stefan Horlatsch.
The International Remembrance Flame visited the following Canadian centres:
Manitoba – Winnipeg;
Sasktchewan– Yorkton, Regina, Saskatoon, North Battleford;
Alberta – Vegreville, Red Deer, Calgary, Edmonton;
British Columbia – Vernon;
Ontario - St. Catharines, Hamilton, Toronto, London, Windsor, Ottawa
Quebec – Montreal.
While in Ottawa President Viktor Yushchenko took part in the National Holodomor Commemoration International Torch ceremony on Parliament Hill, May 26. This was the culmination of a month-long relay which saw the torch visit cities throughout Canada, raising awareness of the Holodomor Genocide. Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity) Jason Kennedy spoke at the event and announced that the Government of Canada made a decision that afternoon to recognize the Holodomor as a genocide against the Ukrainian people.
The International Remembrance Flame visited the following countries worldwide: Australia, Canada, USA, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Great Britain, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Vatican, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Greece, Romania, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine.