Holodomor Statue unveiling in Winnipeg
In June of 2013, UCC-MPC President Oksana Bondarchuk wrote to Parks Canada expressing concern that the sign post at the Variety Heritage Adventure Park on the grounds of the Forks in Winnipeg contained inaccurate language that was offensive to many in our community.
The sign post, which has different signs pointing to countries from which immigrants to Canada had originated had two signs reading “Galicia (Kiev)” and “Russian Ukraine”.
After several phone call, letters, and meetings, UCC-MPC is pleased to report that this spring Parks Canada agreed to update the signs to read Zaporizhia, Ukraine and Lviv, Ukraine which represent the two major cities in the regions of Ukraine from which large numbers of Ukrainian settlers came to Canada.
UCC-MPC is happy that through its efforts and the efforts of community members, public signage at one of Winnipeg’s most popular destinations for tourists and residents alike more accurately reflects our Ukrainian Canadian history.
If you notice other examples of inaccuracies or mistakes about the Ukrainian Canadian community in public places, in the media, etc, please let us know and UCC-MPC will do what it can to rectify this situation.
Before and after pictures of the sign post at Variety Heritage Adventure Park are below.
Unveiling of the Holodomor monument “Bitter Memories of Childhood” in Winnipeg
In the Summer of 2013, UCC-MPC noticed that the Monument to the Holodomor, which is in front of Winnipeg’s City Hall on Main Street, was totally obscured by plant growth. Not only could passersby not see the Monument, but this landscaping mistake by the City was disrespectful to the memory of the 7 million Ukrainians killed by the Soviet regime during the artificial Famine-Genocide of 1932-33, now commonly known as the Holodomor.
Over the course of the Winter, UCC-MPC President Oksana Bondarchuk brought these concerns to the attention of officials with the City of Winnipeg and received assurances that this situation would not be repeated. UCC-MPC is happy to report that indeed, in the Summer of 2014 the landscaping in front of the Monument now serves to enhance it, not obscure.
If you notice other examples of similar situations with our community monuments or inaccuracies and mistakes about the Ukrainian Canadian community in public places, in the media, etc, please let us know and UCC-MPC will do what it can to rectify this situation.
Before and after photographs below.