UCCLA. For Immediate Release (Ottawa, 22 June 2018) Thousands of postcards are being sent to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, asking her to make Ottawa's National Holocaust Monument inclusive by remembering all of the victims of the Nazis.
Commenting, a member of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Borys Sydoruk, said:
"My recently deceased father was a slave labourer in Nazi Germany who found refuge in Canada after the Second World War, worked hard here, raised a family, paid his taxes and contributed to making Canada a better place for all of us -- and yet his suffering, and that of the millions of Ukrainians who were victims of the Holocaust, is not even mentioned in passing at Canada's National Holocaust Monument. Why have Ukrainians, Poles, Russians and other victims been excluded from any mention in this publicly funded memorial in our national capital? We have brought our concerns to Minister Joly's attention before, without so much as even a courtesy of a reply. Her silence is unacceptable. All victims of the Holocaust should be remembered."