UCC National: Update:
Holodomor Denial by University of Alberta Lecturer

In the past 48 hours there has been a tremendous response to UCC’s National Call to Action, including support from the following:

  • National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Assembly of First Nations
  • Alberta Premier Jason Kenney 
  • Members of Parliament James Bezan, Michael Levitt, Heather McPherson and Yvan Baker 
  • Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk, MLA for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville
  • University of Alberta Students Union
  • Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and the Jewish Federation of Edmonton  
  • Armenian National Committee of Canada 
  • Marcus Kolga, President of theCentral and Eastern European Council 
  • Canadian Polish Congress 

To recap, students at the University of Alberta, along with the Ukrainian Canadian Students’ Union, uncovered a series of public social media posts by Assistant Lecturer Dougal MacDonald that call the Holodomor a “myth” and a “lie”. To view these posts, please click here.

Despite recognition of the Holodomor by the Canadian Parliament and provincial legislatures across Canada, this is a stark reminder that, even in 2019, we cannot afford complacency in Holodomor education and awareness.

Media Coverage, click on each to open the article:

Don’t miss out this important opportunity to join our national call to action by contacting the President of the University of Alberta on this important matter. Suggested text for a message and contact information is available below.

Thank you!

Suggested text for contacting the University of Alberta President:

On the 86th anniversary of Holodomor commemorated just a few short days ago, Canadians across the country remembered the millions condemned to death by starvation by the Soviet regime of Joseph Stalin in 1932-33.

Canada was the first nation to recognize Holodomor as Genocide in 2008, and it is one of the five genocides recognized by Canada along with the Holocaust, Armenian genocide, the Rwandan genocide and the Bosnian ethnic cleansing.

This week, University of Alberta students along with the Ukrainian Canadian Students’ Union uncovered a series of public social media posts by Assistant Lecturer Dougal MacDonald that deny the Holodomor as a “pro-Nazi myth” and a “lie”.

I call on the University of Alberta to immediately censure and terminate Mr. 

MacDonald for his denial of the Holodomor.

Name and contact information

How to contact the University of Alberta:

University of Alberta President
Dr. David H. Turpin, President and Vice-Chancellor
2-24 South Academic Building (SAB)
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6G 2G7
Telephone: 780-492-3212

Ukrainian Canadian Congress, 203-952 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2W 3P4 Canada
Sent by ucc@ucc.ca

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