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Proclamation

 

 

Proclamation Commemorating Canada’s First National Internment Operations (1914-1920)

 

WHEREAS: On October 28, Canadians from many backgrounds commemorated Canada’s First National Internment Operations – the forced internment of 8,579 Ukrainians and other Europeans who were branded ‘enemy aliens’ and sent to 24 internment camps across Canada between 1914 and 1920;

 

WHEREAS: Men, women, and children suffered during Canada’s First National Internment Operations, not because of anything they had done, but only because of who they were and where they had come from;

 

WHEREAS: On this day, we remember the victims of this injustice and we are united in our resolve to bring an end to prejudice and discrimination, wherever they may appear;

 

WHEREAS: All Canadians are encouraged to mark this important day of commemoration in their communities; and

 

WHEREAS: The Toronto Catholic District School Board Ukrainian Canadian Advisory Committee requested that our Board commemorates Canada’s First National Internment Operations 100th anniversary in 2020 and every October 28 thereafter.

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Toronto Catholic District School Board, hereby proclaims October 28 as Internment Commemoration Day in recognition of Ukrainians and other Europeans who were interned in Canada during the First World War and 2020 as the 100th Anniversary of the Closing ​of the Internment Camps in 1920.


​​Brendan Browne
Director of Edu​cation
Joseph Martino
Chair of the Board
Teresa Lubinski
Trustee Ward 4

Proclamation: Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Month and Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Day

 

WHEREAS: September is significant for Ukrainian Canadians as it closely follows annual traditional celebrations of Ukraine’s Independence (August 24th), Ontario’s Ukrainian Heritage Day (September 7th) and the City of Toronto’s Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival;

 

WHEREAS: more than 25 percent of Canada’s 1.4 million Ukrainian Canadians live in the Greater Toronto Area representing the largest Ukrainian community outside of Ukraine and Russia;

 

WHEREAS: Ukrainians have had a central role in building Canada for over 125 years, playing an important role in the development of Ontario, and the City of Toronto into one of the most desirable places in the world in which to live through its community leaders who have contributed significantly to the nation’s multicultural mosaic in the areas of politics, business, education, sports, music and the arts;

 

WHEREAS: the Ukrainian Canadian community and the Eastern Rite Ukrainian Catholic Church have had a strong 50-plus year relationship with the Toronto Catholic District School Board resulting in a vibrant, synergistic partnership that created Eastern Rite Ukrainian Schools which pioneered full- day kindergarten in Ontario, while also establishing academic excellence based on a rich, faith-based learning environment for all generations of Ukrainian Canadians in the Toronto area;

 

WHEREAS: the religious, cultural and academic traditions embodied by our Eastern Rite Ukrainian Schools of Josyf Cardinal Slipyj, St. Demetrius and St. Josaphat are supported by a nourishing and engaged community that has created learning environments that augment the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum with spiritually rich and diverse cultural programming;

 

THEREFORE, the Toronto Catholic District School Board hereby proclaims September 7 as Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Day and September as Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Month annually throughout the Board.

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT The Toronto Catholic District School Board, hereby proclaims SEPTEMBER as Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Month and SEPTEMBER 7 as Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Day.

 

Brendan Browne, Director of Education | Joseph Marti​no, Chair of the Board  

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