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Ukrainians commemorate 83rd Holodomor anniversary in Edmonton
Posted 11/28/2016 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

Hundreds gather in Edmonton City Hall for a Holodomor commemoration.
Hundreds gather in Edmonton City Hall for a Holodomor commemoration. (Emily Fitzpatrick/CBC)

It's been 83 years since more than four million Ukrainians died during the Holodomor, a famine between 1932 and 1933
that has been recognized as genocide by the province of Alberta. The Holodomor genocide was engineered by
Joseph Stalin to starve Ukrainians and crush the country's independence movement.

Students learn about Ukrainian genocide

Leo Korownyk was born in 1930 and lived through the famine.

He read aloud from a poem he wrote about the famine, during Saturday's Holodomor commemoration at
Edmonton City Hall.

"Famine came, and all this joyous life that young people had, grandparents, small children ... the famine came
in and there was such sadness. Not only sadness, but death," said Korownyk.

"Our family lost some relatives in the famine. I lived through it, but millions died - and for what?"

Hundreds of members of Edmonton's Ukrainian community gathered to lay flowers and light candles at the monument 
outside city hall.

HOLODOMOR
Candles were lit to recognize the 83rd anniversary of Holodomor. (Emily Fitzpatrick/CBC)

MLA Gene Zwozdesky introduced a bill in 2008 making Alberta the third Canadian province to recognize the 
Holodomor as an act of genocide.

"Holodomor is very personal to me primarily because of my Ukrainian ancestry. I know that we had relatives
on our side who suffered that ultimate consequence," said Zwozdesky.

"Therefore, it behooves us who are still here and able to tell this story to make sure that it continues to be told."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-ukrainians-83-anniversary-holodomor-1.3869657


Unanimous consent for Alberta’s Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Day
Posted 11/2/2016 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

The fifth bill in Alberta’s history to pass with unanimous consent in a single day,Alberta’s Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Day Act,
recognizes the enduring contributions of Albertans of Ukrainian heritage to the province.
Legislation to Recognize Alberta’s Ukrainian heritage
Front row: Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffmann, Andriy Shevchenko, Ambassador of Ukraine, and Deron Bilous,
Minister of Economic Development and Trade


The Act states that, starting in 2017, Sept. 7 of each year shall be known as “Alberta’s Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Day.”
The date was chosen to honour the first officially recorded Ukrainian immigrants, Ivan Pylypiw and Vasyl Eleniak, who
arrived in Canada on Sept. 7, 1891.

“Our ancestors’ journey to Alberta was often one of sacrifice and uncertainty. They overcame incredible hardships,
and this is a way to honour them for generations to come. From agriculture and industry, to politics, academia and
culture, they and their descendants helped build this province. I am so proud every one of my colleagues supported
the call to celebrate the Ukrainian community’s tremendous contributions.”

Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade

“This Act is an honour to all Ukrainian descendants who made Alberta home. This acknowledges our contributions
to the fabric of Alberta over the last 125 years, not just with our rich culture but to the economic, political, educational
and social landscape. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Alberta Provincial Council thanks Minister Bilous for his
leadership and the entire legislative assembly who once again made history and made this Act together.”

Olesia Luciw-Andryjowycz, President Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council

Quick facts: Ukraine and Canada

2016 marks the 125th year of the first recorded arrival of Ukrainians in Canada.
Alberta was the province where Ukrainians first settled and is where many of the earliest Ukrainian religious
and cultural institutions were founded.
On July 11, 2016, Canada and Ukraine signed the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA).

Related information

Bill 26: Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Day Act

The recipients of the Hetman Awards 2016 celebrating 125 Anniversary of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada
Posted 9/28/2016 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

Here is the list of the new Hetman 125 recipients. We congratulate all organizations and institutes that have been selected. This year there were no nominations, but a comprehensive research process that included historians, community members, and scholars. After a preliminary list was completed, an anonymous group of adjudicators reviewed and vetted further to produce this final list.
We invite all to come out to the Hetman Awards Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. - Welcome to Canada reception,  6:30 p.m. - A roast pig dinner, 7:30 p.m. video presentation, certificates, and a great zabava with the band Zabava v Koli.
At St. Basil's Cultural Centre, 10819 71 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 0X8,

Leaders in Immigration - Ancestral Settlers:

1. Ivan Pyypow
2. Wasyl Eleniuk
3. Anton Paish
4. Nykola Tychkowski

Faith, Hope and Charity
1. St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church Suchava, Alberta
2. Holy Transfiguration Russo-Orthodox/Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church (Star, Alberta)
3. Brotherhood of Ukrainian Catholics
4. Ukrainian Self-Reliance League
5. Order of St. Basil the Great
6. Sisters servants of Mary Immaculate

Entrepreneurship for Success:
1 Canadian Ruthenian National Union
2. Merchants and Stores: Cooperative Store, Fedun Store, The Ukrainian National Cooperative Company and The United Merchants Of Alberta
3. Journals: The New Community; The Canadian ; The News
4. Ukrainski - Visti - Ukrainian News
5. New Pathway;  Новий Шлях
6.  The Ukrainian Bookstore -  Українська Книгарня

Empowering the Community
1. Myhaylo Gowda and Peter Swarich
2. Narodni Domi and Reading halls:  Народні Домі, Читальні Просвіти
3. Ukrainian Youth and Student Organizations: Boian, Studenske Tovarystvo im. M. Shashkevycha and im. Adam Kotsko, Plast, SUMK, Moloda Ukraina, UCY, SUM, Dobra Volia and Ukrainian Students Clubs,
4. Narodna Rada
5. Women's Organizations: Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada; Ukrainian Women's Association of Canada; League of Ukrainian Canadian
Women; and Ukrainian Women's Organization of Canada
6. Ukrainian National Federation (UNO)
7. League of Ukrainian Canadians (LUC)

Cultural Leadership
1. Tovarystvo "Bojan"
2. Vasyl Avramenko Ukrainian Staged Dance Touring Group and Tovarystvo Samobrazovania
3. Dnipro Choir
4. Verkhovyna Choir
5. ACUA
6. AUDA

Strength Through Education
1. Taras Shevchenko Reading Association And Chytalnia
2. Prosvita Societies
3. Mykhailo Hrushevsky Ukrainian Institute (St. John's Institute) / Bursa Institute im Taras Shevchenko (Vegreville)
4. Ukrainian Bilingual Language Association (UBLA)

Preserving Our History
1. Ukrainia Museum of Canada -  Edmonton and Calgary
2. Ukrainian Library: St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Congregation (Calgary)
3. Ukrainian Canadian Archives and Museum of Canada (UCAMA)
4. Ukrainian Catholic Woman's League of Canada Museum
5. Shandro Museum - Willingdon, Alberta
6. Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village / Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society
7. Basilian Fathers Museum
8. Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies
9. Ukrainian Pioneer Association of Alberta

Tickets can be bought on-line at www. eventbrite.ca - Hetman Awards. $100.00 - Adult and $50.00 Students under 30.


UCC-APC Launches Website for 125th Anniversary of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada
Posted 8/10/2016 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

On Sunday August 7th, UCC-APC officially launched one year of celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada. From community events, to dance competitions, to church functions, a multitude of events involving members of the Ukrainian-Albertan community at every scale will commemorate the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada. 
 
As part of celebrations for the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada, we as a community have launched www.canadaukraine125.ca - a website for Albertans dedicated to all things related to the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada. We encourage you to become familiar with the site, share it with your friends and family, and refer to it as your source for all things 125!
 
On the website, you can post your own 125th-themed event, learn how to put on your own 125th themed event, access resources, information, and content. On social media, include the hashtag #canadaukraine125 to share your Alberta Ukrainian-Canadian stories, photos, and events. 

Keep up to date with 125th activities by visiting: 

Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda has issued the following statement about the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada.
Posted 8/5/2016 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

“As we prepare to celebrate Ukrainian Day this Sunday, Aug.7, it is important we also recognize a significant milestone.

“2016 marks the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada. Between 1891 and 1914, approximately 170,000 Ukrainians left their home in search of land and a prosperous life in this great country.

“When the first Ukrainians arrived in Alberta, they were faced with a harsh climate, limited resources and unfamiliar territory. It was a new way of life, and indeed a challenging one, but armed with a strong sense of community and unshakable will, they prevailed.

“Today, Ukrainian heritage has evolved to become a part of Alberta’s multicultural identity. Everything from dance and performance groups across the province to Ukrainian programming in schools and institutions, its rich history continues to be shared with all Albertans thanks to events such as Ukrainian Day and facilities like our provincially owned Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV).

 “I encourage all Albertans to join in the celebration of Ukrainian Day and the commemoration of our early pioneers. Visit the UCHV on Aug. 7 to enjoy a wide range of family friendly activities including Ukrainian dance, musical entertainment and delicious Ukrainian cuisine.

 “Many Albertans of Ukrainian ancestry can trace their roots back to the earliest pioneers who arrived to Canada prior to the First World War. May those stories of our past continue to live on and awaken an even deeper connection to our provincial and national history.”

Further reading: Ukrainian Day and 125th celebrations on Alberta Culture and Tourism's Wordpress https://albertaculture.wordpress.com/2016/07/28/delicious-pyrohy-one-reason-to-celebrate-125-years-of-ukrainians-in-canada/

Mykhaylo Bazelevskyy: Statement from Premier Rachel Notley
Posted 7/20/2016 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

Premier Rachel Notley has provided the following statement on the death of MacEwan University student Mykhaylo Bazelevskyy in Nice:

“The deepest condolences of all Albertans go to the family and friends of Mykhaylo (Misha) Bazelevskyy, who lost his life in the terror attack in Nice on July 14."

“This young man had every right to believe that he was safe. He was in a democratic country that is committed to peace. He was in the company of fellow students and a MacEwan School of Business faculty member and was participating in an innovation program at the European Innovation Academy. Like so many others, he was attending a celebration of freedom."

“Tragically, that feeling of safety was shattered for this innocent student, and for everyone in Nice, and in France."

“I know Albertans’ hearts are with his family, as they are with the loved ones of all the victims of Nice.”


2nd Anniversary Downing of Flight MH-17 by Russian Terrorists
Posted 7/18/2016 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

On July 17, 2014 Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17 was flying over Russian-occupied territory in eastern Ukraine, when it was shot down by Russian-backed terrorists with a Russian-made and Russian-supplied Buk missile system. All 298 people on board the flight were killed.

The Ukrainian Canadian community expresses its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this terrible crime, including the family of Canadian Andrei Anghel. We join them in grief and solemn remembrance. May the Memory of the Victims Be Eternal.

The leadership of the Russian Federation bears direct responsibility for this horrible act of international terrorism. In an attempt to hide its responsibility, the Russian Federation used its veto at the United Nations Security Council to block the establishment of an International Tribunal to investigate the MH-17 terrorist act.

Recently, Bellingcat released its latest report, MH17 - The Open Source Investigation, Two Years Later, bringing together two years of research by Bellingcat into the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, 2014. The on-going Russia-led war in eastern Ukraine, which has resulted in the deaths over over 9,000 people and 1.5M internally displaced people, is well documented in many publications such as Hiding in Plain Sight: Putin's War in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) calls on the international community to ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to justice. The UCC calls on Canada and her allies to declare the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk "Peoples' Republics" terrorist organizations and designate the Russian Federation a state sponsor of terrorism.


UCC Welcomes Signature of Historic Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement
Posted 7/11/2016 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

July 11, 2016. KYIV. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) welcomes today's signature of the historic Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA), which launches a new chapter in relations between Canada and Ukraine. The CUFTA was signed during the official visit to Ukraine of Canada's Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, taking place July 11-12.

"The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement represents a significant milestone in the relationship between Canada and Ukraine," stated Prime Minister Trudeau. "It will bolster our economies, spur innovation, and lead to long term benefits for the middle class and those working hard to join it."

The average annual bilateral trade between the two countries (2011-14) was $347 million. The CUFTA is an important opportunity to significantly increase this trade, to the benefit of the economies of both Canada and Ukraine. The agreement includes the phase-out of tariffs to create a duty-free environment. It includes the elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers; protection of intellectual property; environmental and labour standards; and provides enhanced market access for goods and services.


Visit our Facebook page for more information! https://www.facebook.com/UCCAPC/


Calgary Teacher's Debut Novel Exposes Banff's Role in Internment of Ukrainian-Canadians
Posted 6/27/2016 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

Pam Clark's first novel, titled Kalyna, exposes a dark side of Canadian history. Set during the first World War, the novel depicts a family torn apart by the Castle Mountain Internment Camp in Banff.

Read more here: Pam Clark's first novel, titled Kalyna, exposes a dark side of Canadian history. Set during the first World War, the novel depicts a family torn apart by the Castle Mountain Internment Camp in Banff.

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Prime Minister to attend NATO Summit in Poland and visit Ukraine
Posted 6/21/2016 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening Canada's place in the world and will continue to pursue Canadian interests and values at every opportunity.

Today, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that he will travel to Warsaw, Poland, to attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Heads of State and Government Summit from July 8 to 9, 2016. After the Summit, the Prime Minister will travel to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp to remember the six million Jews and the millions of other victims who were brutally murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. The trip will conclude with an official visit to Ukraine from July 11 to 12.

During the NATO Summit, the Prime Minister will sit down with our closest Allies and partners to discuss important security challenges, including ways to strengthen NATO's ability to defend its territory and population, and to project stability beyond NATO borders.

While in Ukraine, the Prime Minister will reiterate the Government of Canada's longstanding - and ongoing - commitment to the Ukrainian people, and its strong support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. He will also voice encouragement for Ukraine's reform efforts, and will work to deepen commercial ties between the two countries, all in an effort to create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and grow the Canadian economy.

Quotes

"Canada remains firmly committed to working closely with NATO Allies and partners to ensure our citizens can continue to live in safety and security."

- Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

"Canada and Ukraine enjoy a historic friendship forged through generations of shared values and strong relations. By working together in close partnership, Canada will help bring greater security, prosperity, and economic independence to the Ukrainian people."

- Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Quick Facts

  • Canada, along with 11 other nations, founded NATO in 1949 on the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law. Over the past 67 years, NATO has proven itself to be a major contributor to international peace and security.
  • Between 1940 and 1945, more than one million people -- mainly Jews -- were exterminated at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, which has become an enduring symbol of the Holocaust.
  • Canada and Ukraine share a special relationship, with close to 1.3 million Canadians tracing their roots to the country.
  • Since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine in November 2013, Canada has provided multi-faceted support to Ukraine, including low-interest loans for economic stabilization, as well as development assistance projects to promote sustainable economic growth and to advance democracy, human rights, the rule of law and support to civil society, humanitarian assistance to help people affected by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, and assistance to strengthen Ukraine's security sector.
  • Canada is cooperating with the Ukrainian Armed Forces to support Ukraine in its efforts to maintain sovereignty, security, and stability. There are approximately 200 Canadian Armed Forces personnel deployed to Ukraine to deliver training and capacity building programs until March, 2017.

Canada may lift Ukrainian visa regulations
Posted 5/28/2016 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

It is possible that the Government of Canada may lift travel visa requirements for Ukrainian citizens this year, following a similar decision recently made by the EU. Members of the Liberal Party of Canada in Manitoba and Saskatchewan have proposed to enact legislation allowing Ukrainian nationals to visit Canada for a maximum of 90 days without requiring a visa. Ideally, according to a recent policy proposal publication, the legislation should go into effect before August 24, 2016, which marks the 25th anniversary of Ukrainian independence.

 

Earlier this year, a petition started by a Winnipeg resident and sponsored by Manitoban Conservative MP James Bezan calling for the loosening of Ukrainian visa requirements in Canada earned over 2400 signatures.


We are here to help Fort McMurray!
Posted 5/7/2016 by uccab@shaw.ca (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca

Dear All, Our hearts are with the residents of Fort McMurray! Please note that we all are here to help!
The Ukrainian Canadian Social Services here in Edmonton are on stand by!! If you know of Ukrainian families, or other families, perhaps some that may be newcomers to Canada, with nowhere to go, that are looking for a billet, or assistance, please call 780 - 471-4477.

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