Nov 28, 2023
By Bob Komsic
On the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor, the Ford government has announced that starting in September 2025, Grade 10 students will learn about the Great Ukrainian Famine in their history course.
It will outline how the Holodomor, also known as the Great Ukrainian Famine, was a result of totalitarian policies of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, that led to a man-made famines that killed millions of Ukrainians between 1932 and 1933.
The province is also investing $400,000 in the Canada-Ukraine Foundation to support the Holodomor National Awareness Tour and Holodomor Mobile Classroom; a 40-ft recreational vehicle with interactive hands-on lessons designed to engage students and help in teaching about the genocide.
The mobile classroom travels the province and will engage up to 4,000 students in Grades 6 to 12 through related learning directly linked to the curriculum.
New mandatory learning about the Holocaust is also being taught in Grade 6 Social Studies.
Ukrainian Canadian Congress President Peter Schturyn calls the new timely.
”It is more important than ever as Russia today continues to use food as a weapon by bombing Ukrainian grain silos and laying land mines in farmers fields,” adds Schturyn.