August 23 is an annual Canadian Day of Remembrance for the victims of Nazi and communist crimes, known as Black Ribbon Day.

This year, Black Ribbon Day has taken on renewed significance given Russia’s unprovoked and savage invasion of Ukraine. The unspeakable atrocities committed by Vladimir Putin’s soldiers have awoken the traumas held by millions of Canadian who fled Nazi German and Soviet Russian occupation and terror after WWII. 

This year, we encourage all Canadians to wear a black ribbon and to participate in Ukrainian Independence Day celebrations to demonstrate our solidarity with Ukraine and our Ukrainian Canadian friends. The following events will be happening across Canada:

Sunday August 21 at 2:00 PM 
Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza
750 Hornby St, Vancouver

Toronto (Ukrainian Independence Day)
Saturday, August 20, 
Centennial Park
256 Centennial Park Road, Toronto


Eccumenical Black Ribbon Day Service 
Sunday, August 21, 11:30am
St. Peter’s Estonian Church
817 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto

August 23, 6pm
Ukraine and Black Ribbon Day Protest
Russian Embassy in Canada
285 Charlotte St, Ottawa 

August 24, 7pm
Ukrainian Independence Day Rally
Calgary Municipal Plaza
800 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary

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