Macedonian Human Rights Movement International
Our Name Is Macedonia
Press Release

Macedonian-Canadian Community Denounces Illegally-Imposed Name Change on the Republic of Macedonia


“The rule of law, democratic principles, human rights and the will of the people” are supposed values that all Western countries espouse, yet they blatantly violate them in the illegal name change forced on the Republic of Macedonia, which changes the name, identity and history of Macedonia and all Macedonians throughout the world. This includes all regions of Macedonia, partitioned in 1913 among Serbia/Yugoslavia (now the independent Republic of Macedonia), Bulgaria, Greece, and later, Albania.

Eradicating the existence of an ethnic group to appease its oppressors and to satisfy Western interventionism will not be tolerated by Macedonians, nor should it be tolerated by anyone claiming to defend human rights.

Therefore, the Macedonian-Canadian community:

  • condemns all use of the illegally-imposed name “North Macedonia” on the Republic of Macedonia and the racist term “Northern Macedonian” to refer to Macedonians;
  • condemns use of the 8-rayed flag that was designed to appease our biggest oppressor, Greece. It will be removed from all Macedonian churches, buildings and Macedonian events in Canada;
  • condemns any attempts to change the name of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, including current pressure to remove 'Macedonian' and replace with 'Ohrid Archbishopric'
  • declares that all personnel of the illegitimate Zaev regime to be persona non grata in the Macedonian-Canadian community;
  • demands immediate defence of the Republic of Macedonia's name and our Macedonian identity by the international community;
  • demands that Macedonian politicians end all attempts to appease our oppressors; and
  • demands that Macedonian politicians prevent any change to Macedonia's name.

We will not accept anything other than the respect of our age-old Macedonian name, identity, ethnicity and history and will not tolerate any attempts to undermine them. Our Name Is Macedonia.

At the time of issue, signed (alphabetically):

Andon Lazov Janev, Koseto
Association of Macedonian Refugee Children from the Aegean part of Macedonia
Banitsa Benevolent Society - (founded in 1911, Toronto)
Besfina Benevolent Society
Brothers Miladinovci Society
Canadian Macedonian Federation
German Benevolent Society
Lerin Region Macedonian Cultural Association of Canada
MAC - Macedonian Academic Council
Macedonian Children's Relief Fund
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International
Macedonian Social Club Bitola, Toronto
Mariovo Benevolent Society
MYNET Mississauga - Macedonian Youth Network
MYNET Toronto - Macedonian Youth Network
Patriotic Organization Jane Sandanski, Mississauga
Patriotic Organization Nikola Karev, Mississauga
SNS Makedonium – Toronto
St. Clement of Ohrid Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral, Toronto
St. Dimitrija Solunski Macedonian Orthodox Church, Markham
St. Ilija Macedonian Orthodox Monastery, Toronto
St. Naum of Ohrid Macedonian Orthodox Church, Hamilton
St. Nedela Macedonian Orthodox Church, Ajax
St. Nicholas Macedonian Orthodox Church, Windsor
United Macedonians Organization of Canada
World Macedonian Congress – Canada

We will update the growing list as Macedonian-Canadian organizations continue to sign on. Our Name Is Macedonia. We are united in defending it.

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Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) has been active on human and national rights issues for Macedonians and other oppressed peoples since 1986. For more information: 1-416-850-7125, info@mhrmi.org, www.mhrmi.org, twitter.com/mhrmi, facebook.com/mhrmi, mhrmi.org/OurNameIsMacedonia.