Tuesday afternoon started somberly at the Saskatchewan Legislature.
Mourners filled the rotunda to honour the memories of those who perished in the Holodomor, the Soviet imposed famine which killed millions in the Ukraine between 1932 and 1933.
A ceremony commemorating the Holodomor is underway at the Saskatchewan Legislature.
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The service was held in conjunction with Holdomor Memorial Week, concluding on the 25th.
Participating in ceremonies again this year was Minister of Rural and Remote Health and MLA for Yorkton, Greg Ottenbreit, who spoke about the importance of truly recognizing the Holdomor for what it’s really all about.
“That mass genocide against the Ukrainian people by starvation. It warrants some significant reflection and remembrance.”
For Ottenbreit, remembering the Holodomor holds a special personal meaning.
“My wife’s family is Ukrainian by descent and because of that, I understand the large population we have in Saskatchewan, 15% of our population can trace their history back to Ukraine.”