“The Board of Directors of the Etobicoke Historical Society expresses its unequivocal support for the ethnic Ukrainian people amid the ongoing invasion of their country by Russia.
The Board asserts that the Ukrainian people alone have the right to determine their future as an independent and sovereign state, including the preservation of their linguistic heritage and culture, and condemns all acts of violence that threaten the lives and liberty of the citizens of Ukraine.”
In addition, the society is asking its members and followers to help provide humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine as well assist in protecting the culture and rich history of its people and land.
To provide HUMANITARIAN AID, please visit one of the following local Etobicoke groups or international aid organizations:
Help Us Help is providing urgently requested medical supplies to volunteer medical units in Ukraine. We are working with trusted and established networks on the ground to distribute supplies to those who need it most. You can make a financial donation at their website or drop off supplies and donations at their temporary emergency support centre at 911 Islington Avenue, at the corner of Evans Avenue in Etobicoke next to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Headquarters. Donations can be dropped off from 10AM-7PM, Monday to Sunday (7 Days a Week). For online giving, you can DONATE HERE.
The Canadian Red Cross has set up a special Humanitarian Crisis Appeal. The support from donations made online could include preparedness, immediate and ongoing relief efforts, long-term recovery, resiliency, and other critical humanitarian activities as needs arise, both in Ukraine and surrounding countries, including supporting populations displaced. DONATE HERE
In addition to the humanitarian crisis, Ukraine’s symbols and artefacts of cultural and ethnic heritage are also at risk. Ukraine is home to seven Unesco world heritage sites, including the St Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv with its wonderful golden domes, the stunning Byzantine fresco of the Virgin Mary as well as the historic architectural showpiece at the centre of Lviv in the west. It is also home to countless museums of significance where the history of the Ukrainian people is being preserved and shared with the world. Ukraine’s museums and historic sites are under threat of destruction by Russia.
To help with PRESERVING AND SUPPORTING AT-RISK HERITAGE & CULTURAL ARTEFACTS, the Museum Association recently provided an update. Many staff of these valuable museums and heritage sites have stayed behind to help protect them. The International Council of Museums (Icom) Polish branch has been asked by the Polish Ministry of Culture to coordinate evacuation plans for museum employees from Ukraine, and the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews has sent two transports of goods to Ukraine. Financial support for these efforts is being channelled through the Polish Red Cross.