Ukraine and Canada will deepen collaboration in safeguarding national identity and promoting Ukrainian heritage worldwide

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Today, on November 13, there was a meeting with the Acting Minister of Culture and Information Policy Rostyslav Karandieiev and the Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine, Natalka Cmoc.

The parties discussed the details of the construction of the second phase of the National Museum of the Holodomor-Genocide, which is a crucial aspect in the restoration of historical memory and the protection of national identity. Additionally, during the meeting, they outlined priority areas of cooperation in promoting the Ukrainian language globally and preserving Ukrainian cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible.

Rostyslav Karandieiev expressed gratitude for Canada’s support, emphasizing its steadfast partnership with Ukraine. He also underscored the importance of involving foreign experts in the supervisory board of the Holodomor-Genocide Museum.

“Participation of representatives from professional and scientific groups will ensure the implementation of the best international practices in the museum’s work. Including descendants of Holodomor victims in the supervisory board is important because these individuals have strong motivation. Their involvement is crucial for us to feel the poignancy of this issue,” emphasized Rostyslav Karandieiev.

The Acting Minister noted that today the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy pays significant attention to supporting the Ukrainian language and preserving the identity of Ukrainians abroad. This is achieved, in particular, through the opening of language centers for temporarily displaced citizens.

“We are actively developing projects related to intangible cultural heritage to restore historical memory and repatriate historical artifacts and figures illegally appropriated by russia back to Ukraine. We want the world to see that Ukraine is not only rich in culture and historical heritage but also perceives us as powerful participants in the modern cultural process,” he emphasized.

The Ambassador of Canada highlighted the importance of preserving historical memory and cultural heritage, particularly through the repatriation of stolen archaeological artifacts. She called for attention to be drawn to the Holodomor Museum as a symbol of the Ukrainian tragedy.

“The issue of the Ukrainian language worldwide is important to me. The inclusion of Ukrainian studies as a science globally has become interesting not only for the Ukrainian diaspora but also for other nations, and it would be an extremely important part of promoting the Ukrainian language and culture,” she said.

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