Premier Kathleen Wynne joins MPP Yvan Baker in Etobicoke Centre for Holodomor National Awareness Tour

Office of MPP Yvan Baker.

Today Premier Kathleen Wynne joined Yvan Baker, MPP for Etobicoke Centre for a stop on the Holodomor National Awareness Tour at Michael Power/St. Joseph High School in Etobicoke, Ontario.

The Holodomor National Awareness Tour is a state-of-the-art mobile learning space. Created by the Canada-Ukraine Foundation, and supported by the Government of Canada and the Governments of Ontario and Manitoba this classroom helps raise awareness of the Holodomor – a genocide-famine engineered by the Soviet Union led by Joseph Stalin that starved to death millions of Ukrainians between 1932 to 1933.

MPP Baker worked closely with the provincial government to secure $750,000 in 2015 to support the creation of the Holodomor Mobile Classroom. During the visit he expressed his excitement that the Premier was getting the chance to see the result of that investment.

While at Michael Power/St. Joseph High School Premier Wynne also took the opportunity to surprise students by coming over the airwaves as an unexpected guest during morning announcements.

The Premier met with Nadia Guerrara’s grade 12 World Issues students to discuss the importance of multiculturalism, diversity and acceptance in every aspect of society. The students were well prepared for the discussion having recently presented their artwork inspired by George Orwell’s Animal Farm – a satire of the Soviet Union under Stalin rule – at Metro Hall. Their exhibit explored the fragility of democracy through what they learned about the Holodomor.

Nadia Guerrara teaches a Canadian and World Issues Class at Michael Power/St. Joseph High School and developed the Orwell Art program to teach about the fragility of democracy and the role of civic engagement in safeguarding it around the world. Currently she is working with the Holodomor National Awareness Tour to bring the Orwell Art unit to a broader audience as part of the next lesson developed for the Holodomor Mobile Classroom.

To book the Holodomor Mobile Classroom please contact the Holodomor National Awareness Tour.

“The Holodomor was a horrific man-made famine that killed millions of Ukrainian people. It is an atrocity that we must never forget. The Holodomor National Awareness Tour is an immersive and educational way for students of all ages to learn about the genocide, hear survivors’ stories and reflect on the importance of multiculturalism, tolerance and diversity in Canada and around the world. We have a responsibility to remember the horrible acts inflicted on the Ukrainian people, as we vow to never let atrocities like these happen again. Together, we must remain vigilant in our fight against hate and violence, as we build an Ontario free from discrimination.” – Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

“Premier Wynne and the provincial contribution to the Holodomor Mobile Classroom has been instrumental in raising cultural awareness, spreading diversity and tolerance, and increasing access to information about the Holodomor. I would like to thank the Premier for her dedication to this important issue and for her continued support of the Ukrainian-Canadian community in Ontario.” – Yvan Baker, MPP for Etobicoke Centre.