24th February 2022, Russian Federation, invaded its neighbour Ukraine, an invasion for occupation. Many women and children became refugees. Some 50,000+ have arrived in Ireland. We understand displacement and colonialism. We experienced our own Famine in 1842, our people died of starvation, while there was ample food but the English, the colonisers, opted to export it for money for their coffers. This is about Ukraine. Their Holodomor was horrific. It happened under the reign of Stalin. It is 90 years ago but like the people of Ireland the injustice is most likely engrained deep in our epigenetics ie where the pain and damage travels through the genetics into generations going forward. Ireland has made an exceptional package of organised arrangements for Ukrainians and we hope to continue with this support. We have empathy.

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26 October 2022

Dear Educator,

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the commemoration of the Holodomor  (1932-1933) – the genocidal Famine that resulted from policies implemented by Joseph Stalin and the Soviet regime in 1930s Soviet Ukraine. We remember the millions in Ukraine who became the victims of this regime. Ukraine today is once again fighting for survival against the same aggressor with the same intention to destroy Ukrainian identity as a separate people and a sovereign nation in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (2014) and full-scale war (2022).  Holodomor Awareness and Education Week is November 21-25, 2022 Studying the Holodomor and its consequences and comparing it to the actions of Russia in Ukraine today IS RELEVANT for students in the 21st Century. How we, as a society, try to prevent or stop human rights abuses and atrocities from continuing is a crucial aspect of student preparation for global citizenship in our changing world. We must remind students, and ourselves, of the value of speaking out and standing up for these victims whose only “crime” is their identity. 

A Holodomor Hero who spoke out and stood up for the victims in 1933 was Welsh journalist Gareth Jones. He travelled to Soviet Ukraine under Stalin’s rule during the Holodomor and reported the truth of what he witnessed firsthand in the Ukrainian countryside at great personal risk. More about his example can be found in our new teaching materials below.  Holodomor Memorial Day in Schools is Friday November 25, 2022 Canada recognized the Holodomor as a genocide in 2008, as have many of our provinces, with a day for its remembrance in November. We urge school boards and individual schools across Canada and North America to commemorate the Holodomor on the fourth Friday in November annually, as Holodomor Memorial Day in Schools, and encourage all teachers to include the Holodomor in their teaching during Holodomor Education Week. Please share the resources and information below with your staff and colleagues in preparation for this day of commemoration. Our annual Holodomor Memorial Day Pamphlet (in French and in English) includes a new announcement that can be used in schools, written by educator Dr. Sue Kenney (Immaculate Heart Academy, NJ) a 2020 recipient of the HREC Educator Award.

Please see our links below to NEW TEACHING RESOURCES, learning activities and lesson plans, and how to apply for our annual award for educators

Visit us at www.education.holodomor.ca

Valentina Kuryliw,
Chair, National Holodomor Education Committee (NHEC),
Ukrainian Canadian Congress
Director of Education, Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC) 90th commemoration year
A downloadable educational pamphlet with teaching resources to use for Holodomor Memorial Day 

DOWNLOAD PDF in French or English HERE   HREC ED Webinars for Educators Series 
HOLODOMOR STORIES: RECENT READS FOR SCHOOLS   A free series of six dynamic talks with authors of middle-grade and young adult fiction featuring their recently published novels relating to the Holodomor in Ukraine. The series runs from the Fall of 2022 into the Fall of 2023 to commemorate the 90th anniversary year of the Holodomor.

Our SECOND webinar presents rising star, author ADRIAN LYSENKO and captivating illustrator IVANKA THEODOSIA GALADZA in a conversation about their brand new and not-to-be-missed graphic novel: FIVE STALKS OF GRAIN. Powerful and haunting, it tells a story of tragedy and survival. “Five Stalks of Grain is a stark gut-punch of a graphic novel.”
—Author Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch This webinar is co-hosted by children’s and young adult literature specialist Mateusz Świetlicki (Wrocław, Poland) and graphic novel scholar Anastasia Ulanowicz (Gainesville, Florida). Click here for more information
Click here to register for this Zoom webinar NEW! This is the SECOND in our new series of basic fact sheets for teachers about the heroes of the Holodomor.

“Truth Tellers” presents the first three journalists who wrote about the Holodomor despite the denial and disinformation of Stalin’s Soviet regime propaganda machine. We highlight Welsh journalist, and ‘Hero of Ukraine,’ GARETH JONES.

Click here to download the PDF 2023 HREC EDUCATOR AWARD for Holodomor Lesson Plan Development
The HREC Educator Award for Holodomor Lesson Plan Development is awarded annually. Intended to foster the development of innovative, creative and interactive lessons for grades K-12 that develop critical thinking skills while addressing the topic of the Holodomor, we also celebrate the outstanding educators creating them.

Click here to download the poster and application PDF Recommended teaching resources
Holodomor in Ukraine, the Genocidal Famine 1932-1933: Learning Materials for Teachers and Students
by Valentina Kuryliw Printed in full colour, the richly illustrated book contains archival documents excerpted and translated for ease of use, timelines, maps, memoirs, photographs, eyewitness accounts, age-appropriate literary works, multimedia links and resource listings. Text-dependent questions are provided for each resource. The book is accessible, instantly useable and packed with ideas and photocopiable resources.

For more information and to purchase book GENOCIDE REVEALED Award-winning documentary in English, French and Ukrainian (including educational versions) TOP PICKS
HREC Education’s “Top Picks” list of resources on the Holodomor for quick reference Please review these resources and share them with your staff and students.
Your feedback on all HREC Education materials is always welcomed. Connect with us online The Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC) promotes the research, study, and understanding of the Holodomor – the Famine in Ukraine of 1932–33.

HREC Education (HREC ED) furthers the research, study and teaching of the Holodomor through six streams: resource development, educator training workshops, presentations, outreach, promotion and consulting. It is committed to promoting principles of social justice and Canadian democratic values through advocacy and educational information and resources including workshops, Holodomor Memorial Day, the HREC Educator Award for Holodomor Lesson Plan Development, the National Holodomor Education Conference and widely used teaching materials.

Established in 2013 with the generous support of the Temerty Foundation as a project of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS), University of Alberta, the HREC mandate is carried out by CIUS staff in Toronto and Edmonton offices and researchers in Ukraine.

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HREC Education education.holodomor.ca
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