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The Famine-Genocide of Ukraine 1932-1933



Over the years, the Famine-Genocide Commemorative Committee of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Toronto Branch, has been providing students with educational materials and programs related to the Holodomor in Ukraine 1932-1933.

In the fall of 2000, an art project was developed, by teacher artist Halia Dmytryshyn. Her goal was to provide students with the opportunity to learn about the Holodomor and to express their thoughts and feelings about this tragic event in Ukraine’s history through their artwork.

Inspired and based on the paintings created by these students the poem “Through the Eyes of a Child” was composed. The paintings depicted life in Ukraine from the years leading up to, and during, the brutal Soviet genocide campaign of 1932-1933, which resulted in the starvation, death and destruction of millions of people in Ukraine.

This project involved principals, teachers and students of four Toronto-area elementary schools: St. Demetrius, St. Josaphat, St. Sofia, and Josyf Cardinal Slipyj. Over 200 students participated in these art classes, and an exhibit of their work was created. This exhibit has been displayed at City Hall Toronto, Ontario; Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation, Toronto, Ontario; City Hall, Montreal, Quebec; Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Black Sea Hall, St. Catharines, Ontario and prominently in Kyiv, Ukraine.

The Council of Ukrainian Credit Unions of Canada expresses its appreciation to the Famine-Genocide Commemorative Committee, Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Toronto Branch. For further information, please visit:

The Council of Ukrainian Credit Unions of Canada commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the Holodomor in Ukraine, by presenting a selection of student artwork, “THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD.”


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