From the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre in Niagara, Ontario
Posted February 25, 2022 on Niagara At Large
Our Statement on the Russian Attacks on Ukraine
We stand united in Canada and in Niagara as we condemn in the strongest possible terms Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine.
These actions are a violation of Ukraine’s geopolitical integrity and a violation of Russia’s obligations under international law and are condemned by all global humanitarian organizations from UNHCR to Amnesty International.
We ask all levels of Canadian government, NATO members, along with all world leaders to call on Russia to immediately cease all hostile and provocative actions against Ukraine and withdraw all military and proxy forces from the country.
Ukraine’s sovereignty and geopolitical integrity must be respected and the Ukrainian people must be free to determine their own future and the military aggression has to stop.
We ask for the immediate support for family reunifications of Canadians of Ukrainian descent and our governments’ support for humanitarian aid for refugees both from Ukraine and from other countries currently stationed in Ukraine to be protected, supported, brought to safety either in other parts of Europe or Canada at the earliest and safest way possible.
As Canadians, we feel a sense of sadness, pain, and anger, while we also recognize that generations of Ukrainian communities across Canada are re-living the trauma of these events every day as it continues on and the world watches in disbelief.
The Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre stands with the people of Ukraine and with all Ukrainian Canadian communities during this time both here in Niagara and across the country.
Anyone wishing to offer support, please connect with the Canada-Ukraine Foundation: a charity connected to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress’ fundraiser for Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal to send food, medical supplies and other necessities to Ukraine to help the people at this time.
They can be found on www.cufoundation.ca
In Solidarity, Emily Kovacs, Bob Oleksiw Executive Director Board Chair, Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre
About Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre – The Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre is a charitable not-for-profit organization incorporated as the Folk Arts Council of St. Catharines in 1970, having the mandate to support and assist the ethno-cultural and newcomer community in Niagara through a broad range of programs and services.
Our Mission We celebrate and promote cultural, social and economic inclusion and well-being of all immigrants and newcomers.
Our Vision We are a gateway to equitable, respectful and welcoming communities for immigrants and newcomers in Niagara.
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