On August 22, 2015 took place the the first opening of the exhibition “The War In Ukraine: The Truth about the Russian Invasion of Ukraine”, at the celebration of the Ukrainian Independence Day in the Centennial Park, Toronto. We are very grateful to the organisers and to Euromaidan Canada UCC for having provided us with the opportunity to display the exhibition.
Over a thousand person have attended the exhibition, from around 11 am until 9 pm, as at every instant scores of people were attentively scrutinising the display, including even when it has gotten dark. The vast majority of the visitors went through all of the exhibition, and in detail examined and read through almost every poster. We were overwhelmed by positive feedback and responses, even the people who were already well informed on the topic, found the exhibit extremely interesting and its message critical. We deeply appreciate all the
supporters, who helped us by donating money to us: in one day we have collected $630. This number serves as a good testimony to how and how important the people have found this project. All collected funds will be used to bring this exhibition to other cities and venues, such as Ottawa and Toronto City Hall.
Crucially, a number of eminent Canadian politicians have visited the exhibition, including the federal Minister for International Trade Ed Fast, the Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne and the MP from Etobicoke Centre Ted Opitz. We have conducted individual tours for them, and despite their busy schedules, they have walked through the entirety of the exhibition, with great interest viewing each poster and discussing with us the contents and explanations. At the end of each tour, we have conversed with them about Canada’s international role and the imperative necessity to oppose and isolate Putin’s regime and to provide greater assistance and support for Ukraine in its fight for democracy and freedom. One of the key points of our discussion was that Putin cannot be trusted and negotiated with – he breaks promises and does not play by the rules. As long as Putin’s government is unrestrained in committing its crimes, there will be neither peace nor freedom in Ukraine, Russia and the whole international community to which it poses a major threat.
The first opening so far has successfully met the aim of this exhibition: attracting public attention and that of eminent and influential Canadian political figures to the problem of the war in Ukraine and the Russian aggression, spreading the truth about the events and the nature of the conflict, serving as counter-propaganda to the pro-Putin media in the West and influencing the public opinion and Canadian foreign policy towards the direction of decisive opposition to Putin and of providing help to Ukraine.
We have received many suggestion to have the exhibition displayed at other locations and in other countries, which we will try our best to fulfil. So far our next step is to get it to the Parliament Hill in Ottawa after the federal election. We have also obtained from one of the city councillors, containing his signature and the requisite form, an official approval for booking the exhibition at the Toronto City Hall, once there will be available time slots. We
continue negotiating concerning other spaces, cities and countries. Toronto is only the beginning.
You can acquaint yourself with all the materials in detail at the official website of the exhibition: http://thewarinukraine.info/
To support the exhibition, please use this link https://www.gofundme.com/exhibitionUkraine/
The official page of CDR:https://www.facebook.com/canadiansfordemocracyinrussia