Understanding the Crisis in Ukraine

Markham Public Library, along with libraries across Canada, adds its voice to the global outpouring of support for the people of Ukraine.  (read the full statement of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations)  Our thoughts are with the people across the globe and in our own community who are impacted by this crisis.

The conflict between the Ukraine and Russia is complex and has a long history.  We have pulled together these resources to help you better understand the current crisis.

Books and Resources

This Staff Picks List includes books and eBooks that explore the history and the varying perspectives of the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine.   Explore the culture of the Ukraine through the works of these Ukranian authors

Kanopy has curated a collection of documentaries and films focused on Ukraine and Russia.  Kanopy is a video streaming platform available free with your library card. 

The Global Conflict Tracker, created by the Council on Foreign Relations, is a non-partisan think tank providing information on international affairs

How to help

 Donate to the Canadian Red Cross.  Donations made by March 18, 2022 will be matched by the federal government up to a maximum of $10 million 

The Ukranian Canadian Foundation is providing medical aid, emergency shelter and food security in the Ukraine.  The Government of Ontario has donated $300,000 to humanitarian aid through this foundation. 

There has been a movement of people donating directly to Ukranian families through Airbnb bookings they don't intend to use.  Airbnb has waived all host and guess fees for these bookings. 

Many other charities and faith-based organizations are also mobilizing supplies or providing on-the-ground support.  Check with your preferred charities to learn about their relief efforts. Small business owners and restauranteurs of the Ukranian diaspora also appreciate the business. 


The past two years have been very challenging with a global pandemic, events that have revealed injustices and our systemic racism and now the conflict in Ukraine. 

The York Support Services Network offers the Community Crisis Response Service for residents of York Region who are having a mental health crisis.  Call 1.855.310.COPE (2673).  Visit their website for more information about mental health supports.  

Bounce Back Ontario is a free skill building program offered through the Canadian Mental Health Association to help manage mild to moderate depression.