About the Holodomor National Awareness Tour
Awareness for a better world
The Holodomor National Awareness Tour is a project conceived by the Canada-Ukraine Foundation, and supported by the Government of Canada and the Governments of Ontario and Manitoba, to raise awareness of the Holodomor.
The Holodomor was a genocidal famine carried out in 1932-33 by the Soviet Union led by Joseph Stalin, which resulted in the deaths of millions of Ukrainians.
The Holodomor National Awareness Tour features the Holodomor Mobile Classroom (HMC), a state-of-the-art mobile learning space, to educate and engage students and the public across Canada about the Ukrainian Holodomor. Visitors will:
- Learn about the Holodomor through digital media
- Appreciate how history shapes our world today
- Be inspired by personal stories of Holodomor survivors
- Leave empowered to protect Canadian values of freedom and democracy
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At a school or public community event
If you are interested in having the Holodomor Mobile Classroom (HMC) at your school or next community public event, such as a fair or festival, please contact the Holodomor National Awareness Tour Office . The HMC is a great tool for diversity or tolerance training and can also be booked for your workplace.Watch Holodomor Mobile Classroom (HMC) – Fly by video
Please click video above to take a virtual tour of this state of the art mobile classroom.
Take students beyond the textbook
The Holodomor National Awareness Tour is a project of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation, a not-for-profit organization. The costs to have the HMC visit a school is $500 for the day, which covers some our costs and support the continuation of this project in the future. We encourage schools to arrange for four classes to visit the HMC the day of the booking (two in the morning and two in the afternoon, each 60 minutes in length).
Visit the teaching section to learn more about the educational programming offered on the HMC.
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For Schools & Teachers
Go beyond the textbook
The Holodomor Mobile Classroom (HMC) provides high school students with a powerful look at the Holodomor, the famine genocide committed by the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin’s leadership in 1932-33. The HMC, a 40 ft. RV, features state-of-the-art learning technology, providing an experiential learning opportunity that brings history to life.
In the Holodomor Mobile Classroom (HMC), a 60-minute lesson is guided by a facilitator who leads students to an understanding of the concept of genocide and its consequences. The lesson emphasizes the role of an autocratic government in its capability to create conditions for a massive man-made Famine.
The Five Ws (Who? What? When? Where? Why?)
Students participate in thought-provoking discussions and in a digital learning activity to answer the Five Ws (Who? What? When? Where? Why?). They will also analyze the Holodomor as a case study of genocide and how it can serve to inform our present-day responses to such crimes against humanity in our local and global communities.
Meeting Curriculum Expectations
The lesson, developed for the intermediate and senior grade levels deals with basic information on the Holodomor. It addresses concepts and themes linked to the new Ontario Ministry of Education’s curriculum expectations in the Canadian and World Studies and Social Sciences and Humanities courses under:
- Continuity and Change
- Historical Significance/Historical Perspective
- Cause and Consequence/Objectives and Results
- Social Justice
The Holodomor Mobile Classroom (HMC) programming complements the following courses:
- Canadian History Since World War I, Grade 10, University Preparation (CHC2D)
- Canadian History Since World War I, Grade 10, College Preparation (CHC2P)
- Civics and Citizenship, Grade 10, Open (CHV2O)
- Politics in Action: Making Change, Grade 11, Open (CPC3O)
- Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice, Grade 11, Workplace Preparation (HSG3M)
- World History Since 1900: Global and Regional Interactions, Open, Grade 11 (CHT3O)
- Adventures in World History, Grade 12, Workplace Preparation (CHM4E)
- World History Since the Fifteenth Century, University Preparation, Grade 12 (CHY4U)
- World History Since the Fifteenth Century, College Preparation, Grade 12 (CHY4C)
- Canadian and International Politics, Grade 12, University Preparation (CPW4U)
- World Issues: A Geographic Analysis, Grade 12, College Preparation (CGW4C)
- Equity and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (HSE4M)
Once the HMC has been booked, the classroom teacher will receive a Pre-Visit Package that includes:
- An introductory letter
- The historical background with a timeline of events leading to the Holodomor
- Behaviour expectations and safety measures on the bus, which need to be reviewed by the classroom teacher prior to the visit
- Parking requirements on school property
- Pre-visit activities and Post-visit suggestions for short-term and long-term assignments for students
On the completion of the lesson, the classroom teacher will be requested to fill out a survey. We encourage teachers to send the HMC five student reflections on their visit to the Bus.
This website offers educators and students information about the Holodomor for teacher and classroom use, such as background information, primary documents, articles, excerpts from literature, eye witness accounts. In addition, lesson plans and suggested assignments for students in grades 6-12 are included. A comprehensive list of resources is available for educators and specific curriculum applications for courses in Provincial curricula.
Book the Bus Tour
Book the Holodomor Mobile Classroom (HMC) to learn more about the Holodomor. To book the HMC at a school or public event, please click the link below or for more information about the Holodomor National Awareness Tour please contact the Holodomor National Awareness Tour office. Please note that in order to accommodate the HMC, we require a designated parking area of 20ft x 50ft (approximately 1000 square feet) which includes a safety perimeter.Watch Holodomor Mobile Classroom (HMC) – Fly by video
Sponsors and Partners
Holodomor National Awareness Tour Project Office
620 Spadina Avenue, 2nd Floor
Tel: (416) 966-9800