It was a somber Monday afternoon at the Saskatchewan legislature.
Children, parents, politicians and many others filled the rotunda in memorium of the victims of the Soviet imposed famine on the Ukraine during 1932 and 1933, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 10 million people.
One of the attendees was Yorkton MLA and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan-Ukraine relations, Greg Ottenbreit.
He says it’s important to learn about and understand the atrocities committed during the Holodomor.
“We’re bound to repeat our past if we don’t learn from what we’ve seen, and as humans, we’re terrible at that.”
President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) Saskatchewan Provincial Council, Mary Ann Trischuk, was also in attendance at the ceremony.
She says she’s pleased with the efforts made by elected officials to properly commemorate the Holodomor every year.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to know that these people are being remembered.”