WHEREAS New Westminster is home to 185 people who speak Ukrainian as a first language; and,
WHEREAS New Westminster is home to 380 people who speak Ukrainian; and,
WHEREAS New Westminster is home to 325 immigrants from Ukraine; and,
WHEREAS 3,660 residents of New Westminster identify Ukrainian as their ethnic origin; and,
(Statistics from 2016 census profile of New Westminster)
WHEREAS Ukraine has been brutally invaded by the forces of Russian Federation President, Vladimir Putin;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City Council of New Westminster express its support for all residents with connections to Ukraine; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT that the City of New Westminster express its opposition to the war and support for peace; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT that the city hall of New Westminster continue to be lit in yellow and blue until at least March 18th, and that the flag of Ukraine be displayed; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT that the city recognize the pain of Russians, and citizens from Russia, who may also be affected by and oppose this war; and for those young Russians who have died in Putin's war; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT that the city call on the Government to Canada to expedite immigration and refugee processing for all those fleeing war; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT that the city boycott products from the Russian Federation in keeping with international sanctions; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT that the city contact the Government of Canada, Sister Cities International, and the Ukraine Consulate in Vancouver, to determine how cities might assist, and to communicate support; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT that the city encourage the people of the City of New Westminster to donate to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, the UNICEF Ukraine Emergency Fund, and to the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal of the Canadian Red Cross, and that the city advise citizens on how to make such donations through social media, and/or other means to be determined by staff, such as the city website.
And finally, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT that the city contact local refugee organizations and the Canadian government to identify potential needs refugees and how the city can be supportive, similar to other events such as the Syria refugee crisis, and the city maintain such contacts and support for future similar refugee crises caused by the outbreak of war, and that the city advise citizens on how they may support refugees from war.