Regina – On May 7 the Saskatchewan Legislature passed through second and third readings Bill 40, the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day Act and sent the Bill for assent making Saskatchewan the first province in Canada to recognize the Holodomor as genocide.
A day earlier, May 6, Deputy Premier and Education Minister Ken Krawetz introduced the legislation that recognizes the people who died during the Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) of 1932-1933.
“Many survivors of this tragic time in history and their descendents live in Saskatchewan and have contributed greatly to our province’s cultural, economic, political and educational life,” Krawetz said. “This Act will ensure that on the fourth Saturday in November each year, Holodomor will be remembered and recognized.”
On April 29, 2008, Premier Brad Wall and Krawetz took part in a special 75th Anniversary ceremony on the steps of the Saskatchewan legislature to honour Saskatchewan’s survivors of Holodomor. Holodomor survivor Stefan Hortlatsch, who raised a remembrance flame that is travelling the globe to raise
awareness of Holodomor, also attended the event. The ceremony was well-attended with Ed Lysyk, provincial president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC), Orest Warnyca, Regina president of the UCC and many Saskatchewan MLAs taking part.
Present in the legislature were four representatives of Saskatchewan¹s Ukrainian community: UCC-SPC President Ed Lysyk, Past President Eugene Krenosky, Director at Large Orest Gawdyda and UCC Regina Branch President Orest Warnyca.
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