07/11/2013 10:25 EDT | Updated 09/10/2013 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan politicians, educators explore ties with Ukraine

SASKATOON - Saskatchewan's deputy premier is back from a mission to Ukraine.

Ken Krawetz and a Saskatchewan delegation travelled there to work on business and investment opportunities and to cement historical and cultural ties.

Larry Rosea, president of the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Arts and Science, took part in the mission, having established partnerships with technical institutes in the Ukraine.

SIAST began a partnership in 2009 that helps to prepare any workers coming from there about the technical and language skills needed in the Canadian labour market.

The delegation also paid its respects to the victims and survivors of the Holodomor, at the memorial in Kyiv.

Krawetz says Saskatchewan is the first province to recognize the Holodomor and November will be the 80th anniversary of the tragedy, in which millions were deliberately starved under the regime of Joseph Stalin.