In Ontario, Holodomor included in the school curriculum

22 December 2023

In the largest Canadian province of Ontario, the study of the Holodomor genocide in Ukraine was included in the compulsory school curriculum of the 10th grade. As early as September 2025, schoolchildren will begin to study the tragic events in Ukraine as part of the history course.

According to the Ministry of Education of Canada, “the new course will tell how the Holodomor, also known as the Great Ukrainian Famine, was a result of the totalitarian policies of the communist Soviet Union, leading to a man-made famine in Ukraine that killed millions of Ukrainians between 1932 and 1933.”

“Such education will help students never be bystanders to such horrors, understand the dangers of totalitarianism and defend Canada’s fundamental values of freedom and democracy against communist extremism,” said Stephen Lecce,  Canadian Minister of Education.

The inclusion of the Holodomor in the Ontario curriculum is the result of 16 years of hard work by the National Holodomor Education Committee of the Ukrainian Congress of Canada and HREC Education. Previously, they succeeded in getting the Holodomor topic included in the Ontario curriculum, but its study was not mandatory.

We are sincerely grateful to Ukrainians in Canada for many years of lobbying on this issue, hard work and spreading the truth about the Holodomor in the world! The international community should know about the crimes of the Stalinist regime against Ukrainians in order to better understand the threats posed by Putin’s modern Russia.

We will remind you that in 2008, Canada was one of the first countries in the world to recognise the Holodomor as a genocide of Ukrainians.

In the photo: Sculpture “Bitter Memory of Childhood” in Toronto.
Photo from the page of Yvan Baker, MP