Manitobans set to support Ukraine with rallies on one-year anniversary – Winnipeg

A year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Manitoba’s Ukrainian organization continues to help those stranded in conflict zones.

Rallies and other events marking the anniversary will be held across Canada on Friday, with large numbers of people braving the cold in Manitoba expected to gather at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.

“This year has been a special year. No one expected this … So the community is really preparing to help Ukraine and help those fleeing,” said Ukrainian Demyan Hiworon of the Canadian Parliament said.

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“There will be a rally at the Human Rights Museum in Forks. It’s 6pm.

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“I really encourage as many people as possible to come. This shows everyone how our government stands in solidarity.”

Hyworon told Global News that the cold won’t be a deterrent as the museum will be free after 5pm on Friday despite temperatures of minus 20 degrees Celsius, as the museum will open to provide heating and bathroom facilities. said.

“It’s a great opportunity for the whole family to attend a gathering and see a wonderful museum,” he said.

“In some places they hold memorial services lit by candlelight, but due to the cold and everyone wearing something very flammable, we will be held with yellow glowing sticks.” So we have glow sticks distributed to crowds to act as candles.”

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In addition to the rally, a film about the experiences of Ukrainian artists who survived the war will be shown inside the museum at 7pm.

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Manitoba’s second-largest city also has an all-night vigil and march planned for Friday at 5:30 pm at Brandon College. A Ukrainian flag is hoisted over the university before demonstrators head to Brandon’s city hall.

“Our hearts are with Ukraine,” Tetyana Morley of the Tryzub Ukrainian-Canadian Association told Global News.

“We do everything we can. We help newcomers who come here in Brandon. We always try to connect with Ukrainian volunteers who are helping civilians, children, the military…so , we are always with them.

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“There are many newcomers, probably about 400 families. There will be many newcomers in today’s march.”

The Ukrainian Canadian Parliament estimates that a total of 14,000 to 15,000 Ukrainians fled the war to Manitoba in the past year.

“My message is to continue to support Ukraine until the end of the war, to continue to support the Ukrainian people, especially civilians and children.”

In a release on Tuesday, Brandon Mayor Jeff Fawcett said the community was proud to support the people of Ukraine.

“Brandon is home to many Ukrainians, so we are coming together again as a community to stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people at home and abroad against the Russian aggression,” he said.

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“This anniversary march will mark the continuation of our determination. We are proud to stand with our community in demonstrating our enduring support for the people of Ukraine.”

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