“One of history’s grave crimes against humanity, the Ukrainian famine and genocide (Holodomor) must not be forgotten,” said Honourable Robert E. Wanner, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “Holodomor Memorial Day recognizes the countless victims of this tragic event and reminds us that defending and upholding human rights is not only a global responsibility but also the only way to prevent such an atrocity in the future.”
The Holodomor was a government-imposed famine in the Ukrainian SSR during 1932 and 1933. It is estimated that between 4 and 10 million individuals died of starvation during this time.
Over 300,000 people of Ukrainian ancestry, some of whom are survivors of the Holodomor or are descendants of those who suffered, call Alberta home.
In 2008 the Legislative Assembly of Alberta passed Bill 37, Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day Act, proclaiming the fourth Saturday in November as a day of Holodomor remembrance in Alberta.