The University of Alberta, in addition to two deans, have issued statements in regards to the Holodomor after a sessional teacher known as it a fantasy on his private Fb web page.
Dean of Schooling Jennifer Tupper and Dean of Arts Lesley Cormack issued a joint assertion Friday.
The pair harassed the analysis and proof of the Holodomor and voiced their assist for the Ukrainian neighborhood.
“As many of you understand, a sessional teacher in Schooling, Dougal MacDonald, just lately got here to public consideration because the creator of a private Fb assertion, in addition to a number of articles claiming the Holodomor to be ‘fictitious,’ ‘a myth concocted by the Hitlerite Nazis to discredit the Soviet Union.’
“We, because the Dean of Schooling and the Dean of Arts, want to state categorically that this is not true. It is not a assertion based mostly on historic proof.
“Historians from around the globe have studied this Ukrainian tragedy, demonstrating the devastating nature of a human-created famine that prompted huge hunger, distress, and demise.
“At the University of Alberta, we have world experts in this field, led by the Holodomor Research Education Consortium at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies. Scholars on our campus continue to conduct and disseminate important research on the Holodomor and were involved in the Holodomor conference hosted by the University of Alberta in Fall 2019,” the assertion continued.
It additionally identified U of A college members have helped create instructional supplies in regards to the genocide for Okay-12 courses.
“Whereas the University of Alberta holds strongly to the values of freedom of expression, which permit members of our neighborhood to precise their concepts, we additionally maintain strongly to the values of evidence-based analysis and a quest for reality.
“We need to acknowledge the offense that has been brought on by Mr. MacDonald’s assertion and to affirm that we stand with the Ukrainian neighborhood in insisting on the truth of the Holodomor as a genocide, which prompted intergenerational trauma and nonetheless resonates with Ukrainians to at the present time.”
On Nov. 20, MacDonald posted a message claiming the Holodomor genocide is a fantasy, a lie and a man-made Ukrainian Famine.
Since his Fb web page is non-public, World Information has not been in a position to independently confirm the Fb put up.
The assistant lecturer’s put up sparked requires him to be reprimanded and fired.
Deputy Provost Wendy Rodgers instructed World Information MacDonald’s views don’t characterize these of the college. Nonetheless, she stated, as a non-public citizen, he has the precise to precise his opinion.
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In response to World Information request for remark, MacDonald stated hes been researching the problem for a quantity of years and is not alone in his views. Different researchers have expressed comparable doubts in regards to the Holodomor.
MacDonald stated there are totally different positions and its clear he and the scholars union aren’t in settlement however that disagreement doesn’t imply opinions must be silenced.
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The Holodomor is a acknowledged genocide by the Parliament of Canada and most legislatures in Canada, together with Alberta, in addition to numerous different international locations and worldwide authorities organizations around the globe.
The imposed famine in Soviet Ukraine was orchestrated by the Joseph Stalin regime in 1932 and 1933. Ten-million Ukrainians died.
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The college additionally issued a assertion Friday, outlining a quantity of initiatives it’s engaged on together with holding an annual Holodomor lecture, displaying supplies within the school of training about Holodomor, a Fast Analysis Response undertaking, and internet hosting the Holodomor Bus on the earliest alternative.
“One of the college’s roles is to allow college students and students to have interaction in rigorous mental inquiry and debate that results in well-informed, evidence-based judgments. In response to considerations we’ve obtained about a non-public Fb put up by Dougal MacDonald, a sessional teacher within the College of Schooling, we’ve been assembly with college students and members of the Ukrainian Canadian neighborhood to hear and tackle these considerations.
“We need to make very clear that, whereas the University of Alberta acknowledges Mr. MacDonald’s proper to free expression, his views don’t characterize and aren’t endorsed by the University of Alberta.
“The Holodomor — the deliberate starvation of millions of Ukrainians by the Stalinist regime in 1932-33 — is a fact established by scholars, many of them working here at the University of Alberta,” the assertion stated partially.
“Many centres and institutes located at the University of Alberta hold events, develop curriculum and programs, and produce peer-reviewed research that ensures that knowledge of the Holodomor is disseminated widely. In November 2019, the university hosted a conference about the famine, the latest in a series of international gatherings sponsored by HREC. The University of Alberta is committed to increasing awareness and learning about Holodomor on our campus and beyond.”
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