For Immediate Release

November 26th, 2016

Statement by Mayor Crombie on Holodomor Memorial Day

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, I join with our City’s Ukrainian community to remember and mark Holodomor Memorial Day – a most solemn day of remembrance.

“From 1932 to 1933 up to ten million Ukrainians were deliberately starved to death by the brutal Soviet regime.

“Grains and food were forcibly seized by the Soviets, intended to break the spirits, pride and determination of Ukrainians.

“The borders were shut. In little more than a year, one-quarter of the population perished.

“During November, communities around the world remember and reflect on these crimes against humanity.

“Today, we pause and acknowledge all those who have helped ensure the Holodomor is recognized as genocide.

“It is incumbent upon all of us to teach current and future generations about what has taken place, and to ensure we do our part to stand up against violence and injustice happening around the world.

“As we look toward the hope and promise of 2017 – let us all wish peace and goodwill to communities and families in the Ukraine, and throughout the world, who continue to face oppression and acts of aggression.

“Mississauga is blessed to be home to such an active, engaged and compassionate Ukrainian community.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with them, and with the families who continue to mourn the loss of innocent lives, taken during the Holodomor.”