August 18, 2023
Legislative Assembly of Alberta Observes Black Ribbon Day on August 23
EDMONTON – Speaker Nathan Cooper will host a public ceremony on Wednesday, August 23, 2023,
at 1 p.m. in the Legislature rotunda to recognize Black Ribbon Day.
“Black Ribbon Day serves as a reminder that we should never forget the importance of human rights or the unification our province has strived for,” said Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “While we remember and honour the victims of two of the most sinister regimes in history, we can also carve out a brighter future for their Albertan descendants.”
Remarks will be delivered by various community members, Minister Mike Ellis, and Ms. Nicole Goehring. World-class violinist, Tatiana Warszynski, will perform Humoresque by Antonin Dvorak and Kujawiak in A minor by Henryk Wieniawski.
The public is welcome to attend in person), and the event will be live streamed on assembly.ab.ca as well as on the Legislative Assembly’s X, Facebook and YouTube channels.
On August 23, 1939, representatives from Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, which led to the occupation of numerous Eastern and Central European nations, the persecution of millions of people and, ultimately, the start of the Second World War.
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Karleigh Stevenson, Communications Consultant