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Конґрес Українців Канади запрошує на вшанування Дня Чорної Стрічки 2016 у Ванкувері

Щороку у серпні в Канаді відзначається День Чорної стрічки – Національний Поминальний День пам’яті жертв комунізму та нацизму в Европі, який був проголошеним Парламентом Канади як і декількома европейськими державами. Цей щорічний День пам’яті відзначається у річницю підписання пакту Молотова-Ріббентропа між нацистським і радянським комуністичним режимами. Ванкувер уже вкотрий рік відмічає цей день.

За неписаним правилом, громади центральної і східної Европи повинні чергуватися щорічним приміщенням цеї події у Ванкувері. У 2015 році День Чорної Стрічнки організовував Конгрес Українців Канади (читайте звіт тут). Цього року вшанувальні заходи організовуються польською громадою Ванкувера у неділю, 28 серпня 2016. Запрошення та детальна інформація нижче. • • •

Black Ribbon Day commemorates the anniversary of the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, a sinister partnership treaty between Hitler’s Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union that enslaved and murdered millions of people in Central and Eastern Europe.

Canadian Polish Congress British Columbia Branch and Polish Catholic Community in Surrey cordially invite you to join BRD commemoration service for Vancouver and Lower Mainland area.

Date: Sunday, August 28, 2016 Time: 1:00pm Polish Mass, 2:00 pm commemoration (after service at 1:00 pm)

Place: Our Lady of Good Counsel – Roman Catholic Parish (Marry Help of Christians Hall) Address: 10460 139th Street, Surrey, BC

Contact: Iwona Swiatczak

Black Ribbon Day 2016 - Invitation

Black Ribbon Day was proclaimed by the Canadian Government in Nov. 2009 to remember the victims of both German Nazism and Russian Communism. Most Central European countries have done the same. This date is the anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of 1939. Those that forget history are condemned to repeat it. It is notable that the president of the successor state to one of these two Evil Empires now considers its dismemberment a tragedy. That state has shown a willingness to use force to make the future resemble its past. Black Ribbon Day is about never allowing that particular history to repeat itself.

After a brief prayer service for the victims, we can come together in the hall under the church. Everyone is welcome to share their stories and memories, we expect to have some coffee and light snacks.



A resolution declaring Black Ribbon Day, August 23, an annual day of remembrance for the victims of Communism and Nazism in Europe was unanimously passed Canada’s Parliament. This declaration was proposed by MP Bob Rae and MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj and was unanimously adopted by the House of Commons on November 30, 2009.

It was endorsed by leaders of affected communities in Canada, including Milo Suchma (President, Czech and Slovak Association of Canada), Agnes Somorjai, (President, Canadian Hungarian Heritage Association), Avo Kittask, (President, Estonian Central Council), Andris Kesteris (President, Latvian National Federation), Joana Kuras (President, Lithuanian Canadian Community), Wladyslaw Lizon (President, Canadian Polish Congress), Paul Grod (President, Ukrainian Canadian Congress), Helen Bucic (President, Slovak Canadian Association).

Black Ribbon Day historically commemorates the anniversary of the infamous Molotov- Ribbentrop pact, a sinister partnership treaty between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia that allowed each to violently and illegally seize the lands and peoples situated between them.

Twenty five years ago, Canada’s Central and Eastern European communities, by initiating Black Ribbon Day, were instrumental in bringing international attention and understanding of the plight of their heritage nations.  This Canadian initiative organized demonstrations in 21 cities on both sides of the Iron Curtain.   In 1989 close to 2 million people formed a human chain across the Baltic republics and by 1991, demonstrations were held in 56 cities on three continents.

Resolution by the Parliament of Canada

By unanimous consent, it was resolved, —

 (1) WHEREAS the Government of Canada has actively advocated for and continues to support the principles enshrined by the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 260 (III) A of December 9, 1948;

 (2) WHEREAS the extreme forms of totalitarian rule practiced by the Nazi and Communist dictatorships led to premeditated and vast crimes committed against millions of human beings and their basic and inalienable rights on a scale unseen before in history;

(3) WHEREAS hundreds of thousands of human beings, fleeing the Nazi and Soviet Communist crimes, sought and found refuge in Canada;

(4) WHEREAS the millions of Canadians of Eastern and Central European descent whose families have been directly affected by Nazi and/or Communist crimes have made unique and significant, cultural, economic, social and other contributions to help build the Canada we know today;

(5) WHEREAS 20 years after the fall of the totalitarian Communist regimes in Europe, knowledge among Canadians about the totalitarian regimes which terrorised their fellow citizens in Central and Eastern Europe for more than 40 years in the form of systematic and ruthless military, economic and political repression of the people by means of arbitrary executions, mass arrests, deportations, the suppression of free expression, private property and civil society and the destruction of cultural and moral identity and which deprived the vast majority of the peoples of Central and Eastern Europe of their basic human rights and dignity, separating them from the democratic world by means of the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall, is still alarmingly superficial and inadequate;

(6) WHEREAS Canadians were instrumental during the 1980’s in raising global awareness of crimes committed by European totalitarian Nazi and Communist regimes by founding an annual “Black Ribbon Day” on August 23, to commemorate the legal partnership of these two regimes through the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its

BE IT RESOLVED THAT every victim of any totalitarian regime has the same human dignity and deserves justice, remembrance and recognition by the Parliament and the Government of Canada, in efforts to ensure that such crimes and events are never again repeated;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Parliament and the Government of Canada unequivocally condemn the crimes against humanity committed by totalitarian Nazi and Communist regimes and offer the victims of these crimes and their family members sympathy, understanding and recognition for their suffering;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Government of Canada establish an annual Canadian Day of Remembrance for the victims of Nazi and Soviet Communist crimes on August 23, called “Black Ribbon Day”, to coincide with the anniversary of the signing of the infamous pact between the Nazi and Soviet Communist regimes.

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