The City of Windsor and Local Ukrainian Communities Mark the Rededication of Windsor’s Holodomor Monument

Marked by prayers, remarks, and solidarity, the City of Windsor was honoured to host the rededication ceremony for the Holodomor Monument Thursday in Jackson Park.

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens; Leisha Nazarewich, President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Windsor Branch; Father Tom Hrywna of Sts. Vladimir and Olga Ukrainian Catholic Church; and community members gathered to remember the lives and legacies of the Holodomor victims, and also to acknowledge and stand in solidarity with those struggling to survive in Ukraine today.

Ninety years ago, millions of Ukrainians died during the Holodomor – an engineered famine that has since been recognized as genocide by the Canadian government. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress Windsor Branch paved the way for the installation of a monument commemorating the tragedy in 2005. It is only one of four such memorial sites in Canada. In August 2019, the monument was fenced off because of progressive deterioration, with major cracking and concerns identified in the granite base. In 2021, the corrosion required City administration to launch a repair process. The process was impacted and delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain issues shipping the granite slab from India, crane operator strikes, and the loss of the carving artist. Additionally, the monument weighs about 10,000 pounds, requiring the re-installation date to wait for firm ground in the spring.

The monument is now restored and re-installed in its home at Jackson Park, where it will continue to serve as an important place of reflection for the local Ukrainian communities, and all those who visit park monuments and memorials to learn about our shared histories.

Quotes:

“Finally back in place, the Holodomor Monument site will continue to serve as a gathering place to remember the horrors of the Ukrainian famine, but also to stand in solidarity as the country faces the modern crisis of war and Russia’s illegal invasion. It is staggering and inspiring to see the response by our Windsor-Ukrainian residents, as well as the broader community to support refugees here and abroad.”
– Mayor Drew Dilkens

“The Holodomor Monument recognized the tragedy of 1932-1933 in Soviet Ukraine when Stalin’s policies resulted in the genocide of Ukrainians. Ironically, today the monument stands as a reminder of Russia’s continual war in Ukraine and Putin’s attempt to destroy the spirit of Ukraine and its people.”
– Leisha Nazarewich, President, Ukrainian Canadian Congress Windsor Branch

Notes:

Two faces of the Holodomor Monument
 

Etched into granite, west face:

Famine Genocide in Soviet Ukraine
1932-1933 and Independent
Ukraine Since 1991

In memory of over seven million victims of the
famine genocide 1932-1933 in Soviet Ukraine,
a Stalinist crime against humanity.

Ukrainian Canadian Congress
Windsor Branch
November 13, 2005

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