Borys Wrzesnewskyj

Your member of parliament for

Etobicoke Centre

Borys Wrzesnewskyj

Your member of parliament for

Etobicoke Centre


Statement By Borys Wrzesnewskyj, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Centre, On Centenary Of The Crimean Tatar Qurultay

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Monday, December 11, 2017

1st Session • 42nd Parliament

Volume 148 • Number 249


Centenary of the Crimean Tatar Qurultay


   Mr. Borys Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, in December 1917, 100 years ago, the Crimean Tatars proclaimed their Democratic Republic and launched their national assembly, the Qurultay.

   The Bolsheviks abolished this state and in 1944 Stalin attempted ethnocide through the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars into Central Asia.

   Almost half perished during the deportation, however, starting in 1989 Crimean Tatars began returning home, and under independent Ukraine were provided citizenship and a formal right of return.

   Sadly, history seems to be repeating itself. With Russia’s 2014 military invasion and illegal occupation, the Crimean Tatars are once again facing disappearances, the murder of leaders, exile, and collective repression and persecution.

   As we commemorate the centenary of the Crimean Tatar Qurultay, let us reaffirm that Crimean Tatars are the indigenous people of Crimea and that Crimea is Ukraine.