History of Ukrainian genocide comes to Kingston in mobile classroom

Image via KFPL.

From 1932 to 1933, the Holodomor, a forced famine imposed by the Soviet regime, killed millions of Ukrainians. Today, Canada is home to many people of Ukrainian descent whose family members may have survived the Holodomor.

Through the Holodomor National Awareness Tour, Canadians can learn about this tragedy, and reinforce within themselves the values of human rights, equality, and social justice, according to a release from the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL).

The Holodomor Mobile Classroom (HMC) is coming to Kingston on Monday, Jul. 18, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kingston East Community Centre. According to KFPL, this 42-foot recreational vehicle was converted into a state-of-the-art, digital, multimedia interactive classroom on wheels and has been to over 260 public events and engaged Holodomor 23,000 visitors.

“The Holodomor is a tragedy too often overlooked or outright unknown to Westerners,” said Jake Miller, Librarian, Adult Programming. “Learning about this event and its impact on the Ukrainian nation’s relations with Russia is not only timely but essential to understanding their turbulent historical relationship. Knowledge can lead to understanding, understanding to empathy, and hopefully, empathy to peace.”

The Holodomor National Awareness Tour is a project of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation and its three partners, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium at the University of Alberta, and the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre in Toronto, the library said in a media release.

According to KFPL, the Canada-Ukraine Foundation gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of Ontario to educate students and the public about the effects and consequences of hate, bullying, discrimination, and intolerance through the lens of the Holodomor genocide, and to ensure the continuation of upholding the values of freedom and democracy in our society.

For more world history, the library invites patrons to attend 80 Years to the Day: The Dieppe Raid featuring Captain and Associate Professor Arthur Gullachsen. The event is on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Isabel Turner Branch. Register at https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/6813922.

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