KPK – Canadian Polish Congress Manitoba will be hosting a Black Ribbon Day Memorial Mass/Program on Sunday, August 23rd at 11:00 a.m.
St. Andrew Bobola Parish
541 Marion Street, Winnipeg
Everyone is invited to attend!
Black Ribbon Day, an annual day of commemoration for the victims of Communism and Nazism in Europe.
On this day, people around the world to pay tribute to the survivors and victims of Communism and Nazism in Europe. Nations also stand in solidarity with all those around the world who continue to fight against the brutality, violence, and repression of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes.
The Black Ribbon Day marks the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact’s somber anniversary. Signed in 1939 to split Central and Eastern Europe between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, the notorious pact paved the groundwork for the heinous crimes that both regimes would conduct. They drained countries of their autonomy in their wake, forced families to leave their homes, and ripped apart communities like Jewish and Romani communities and others. The Soviet and Nazi regimes brought unimaginable misery to people in Europe, as millions of people were killed senselessly and denied their rights, freedoms, and dignity.
Most people who survived sought shelter in Canada, giving themselves and their families the promise of a better future. Given all they’d experienced, many held unshakeable confidence in individuals’ ability to bring positive change and impact society for the better. They have helped create the powerful, diverse, and thriving nation we all call home, along with their children and grandchildren.
It is up to us all to uphold human rights and to preserve equality and democracy. It is up to us all to ensure that crimes like these never happen again. UCC MPC urges all Ukrainian-Canadians to remember the victims and survivors of Communism and Nazism, and of all past and current totalitarian and authoritarian regimes. We must keep on protecting human rights in their name and uphold the inherent dignity of every human being.