Bitter Harvest - Film Premiier Posted 3/2/2017 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
Bitter Harvest Film Screening
March 3, 2017 Released in Theaters across Canada
On MARCH 3rd, 2017, the
film "BITTER HARVEST" will be released in theaters across Canada! A love
story, set against the backdrop of the 1932-33 Holodomor in Ukraine.
Produced by prominent Ukrainian-Canadian Ihor Ihnatowycz, the film
brings the tragedy of the famine-genocide to audiences around the world.
The film will be released across Canada on Friday, March
3rd, 2017 and will be in the following cities: Vancouver, Edmonton,
Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Windsor, London, Toronto, Thunder
Bay, Kingston, Montreal and Halifax. A comprehensive list of theaters
will be circulated shortly. (http://www.bitterharvestfilm.com/about/)
March 3, 2017 - 6:40, 9:10
March 4, 2017 - 12:50, 3:50, 6:40, 9:10
March 5, 2017 - 12:50, 3:50, 6:40, 9:10
March 6, 2017 - 6:10, 9:00
March 7, 2017 - 6:10, 9:00
March 8, 2017 - 6:10, 9:00
March 9, 2017 - 6:10, 9:00
2016 Hetman Awards Posted 8/18/2016 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
Celebrating the achievements of the Ukrainian Community in Alberta throughout 125 years of Immigration!
Being the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian Immigration into Canada, this years Hetman Awards will be very special. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Alberta Provincial Council’s (UCC-APC) annual Hetman Awards will be awarded as recognition to organizations that led as pioneers and leaders, making a unique, significant and positive impact on the lives of our community in the province of Alberta.The recognitions shall spotlight those who distinguished themselves, and whose voluntary and professional efforts led in helping Ukrainians adapt to life in Alberta, Canada through the formative periods of our 125 year history. We seek to recognize those who laid the foundations that ensured the success of Ukrainians as a key people in, and a critical component of, this country and province.
The categories for this year's Hetman Award include: -Leaders in Immigration - Ancestral Settlers -Faith, Hope and Charity -Entrepreneurship for Success -Empowering the Community -Cultural Leadership -Strength Through EducationPreserving our History -Preserving our History
WHEN Saturday, 22 October 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
5:30 PM (cocktails), 6:30 PM (dinner)
UCC-APC is Hosting a Community "Zustrich" with Liliya Hrynevych, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine on May 16, 2016. Posted 5/14/2016 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
This event will be bilingual, and aims to share our community experience of providing Ukrainian language and culture education within Alberta, and to identify potential collaborations to benefit both the education reforms in Ukraine and the future of our programs in Alberta.
75 Anniversary, Sponsorship opportunity Posted 4/5/2016 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
Nadia Savchenko Rally Posted 3/22/2016 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
A rally to support Nadia Savchenko on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 7 pm on Churchill square.
We will meet at 7 on Churchill square and walk down to the Legislative building. Everyone shoulld be there! Хто як не ми?!
З собою брати вишиванки, одяг з українською символікою, гарний настірй
та всіх-всіх своїх друзів! Разом ми сила! Разом до перемоги!
On 9 March 2016 Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko may die in Russian
detention. The 34-y.o. POW, PACE delegate, and MP was kidnapped to
Russia over 600 days ago and faces 23 years of jail. She demands to
return her "dead or alive" to Ukraine
and has gone two times on hunger strikes over 83 days long, and is now
on a dry hunger strike, protesting being prosecuted of a crime she did
Надія Савченко оголосила сухе голодування починаючи з 4 березня 2016
року. Вона незаконно утримується в російському ув'язненні майже 600
днів, після того як була викрадена до Росії під час захисту своєї
батьківщини від російського гібридного вторгнення, і вже голодує більше
Її адвокати оголосили глобальний день підтримки 9 березня, в день відновлення судового засідання.
Celebrating 75 Years of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress with the President of UCC Paul Grod and the Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada Andriy Shevchenko Posted 3/22/2016 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Alberta Provincial Council is pleased to
announce the visit of his Excellency Andrij Shevchenko to Alberta, April 16 - 17, 2016 We will be celebrating with the Ambassador and our national
president, Pavlo Grod, the 75th anniversary of the Ukrainian Canadian
Congress. Ambassador Andrij Shevchenko will be the keynote speaker.
Calgary:Wine and Cheese on Sunday, April 17, 2016
UCC Celebrating 75 Anniversary with UCC National - President Paul Grod - Special Guest, Ambassador Andrij Shevchenko from Ukraine to Canada April 16, 17, 2016 Posted 3/22/2016 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Alberta Provincial Council is pleased to
announce the visit of his Excellency Andrij Shevchenko to Alberta, April
16, 17 , 2016. We will be celebrating with the Ambassador and our national
president, Pavlo Grod, the 75th anniversary of the Ukrainian Canadian
Congress. Ambassador Andrij Shevchenko will be our keynote speaker. Edmonton: Banquet - April 16, 2016:
Tickets $100.00 - for more information: (780) 414-1624
Tables of 8 are available
For Edmonton Banquet, Eventbrite online tickets: CLICK HERE
Limited seating, Reserve your tickets today.
A Memorial Evening for the Heavenly Hundred. Posted 2/9/2016 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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Two years have gone by, since the tragic events of the Maydan in Kyiv. The death of the Heavenly Hundred shall become the most noted and important event in the history of the Independence of Ukraine and for the whole Ukrainian nation. The League of Ukrainian Canadians and the Ukrainian Women's League (Edmonton branch) is hosting an evening in memory of the Heavenly Hundred with a Molebin (Prayer) and panakhyda for the 2nd anniversary of this tragedy. We invite all to come to honor the memory of the fallen heroes, who died in the streets and in the war against the Russian aggressors.
February 20, 2016 6:00 p.m. at St. George's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 11305-95A St. Edmonton
Вже два роки пройшло від трагедії яка відбулася на Майдані в Києві. Загибель Небесної Сотні залишиться одна з найбільш пам`ятних i важних моментів в історії Незалежної України і для всього Українського народу. Ліґа Українців Канади і Ліґа Укараїнок Канади (в Едмонтоні) влаштовують вечір пам`яті Небесної Сотні із Молебнем і панахидою в другу річницю цієї події. Просимо всіх прийти вшанувати пам`ять сучасних героїв України які загинули на майдані і на війні проти російського агресора. Прошу розширити цю інформацію знайомим.
Canadian Movie Tour, 2016: The Ukrainians - a fundraiser hosted by Dopomoha Ukraini to benefit soldiers in Ukraine Posted 2/5/2016 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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A fundraiser hosted by Dopomoha Ukraini to benefit soldiers in Ukraine independence in 2014. It includes incredible, shocking first-hand footage from the infamous battle at Donetsk Airport and the legendary “cyborgs” that heroically defended the airport and Ukraine.
Movie screenings will include an introduction and question period with the film’s directors and a member of the volunteer battalions, as well as a musical interlude by Serhiy “Foma” Fomenko, a musician, social activist, and a key organizer of “Path to Freedom”. The film’s trailer can be viewed on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fftqr09RQ1w . The Soldiers Psychological Rehabilitation Program helps soldiers suffering from war-related psychological issues, notably Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The program invites Ukrainian soldiers and their families to attend a week-long program in the Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine that focuses on psychological healing, physical recuperation, and reintegration into society. The full cost of one session ranges between US$ 15,000 and US$ 20,000, depending on the number of participants. The first session of the program ran from September 28 to October 4, 2015 and was held in partnership with Wounded Warrior Ukraine, a project of Healing War Scars, a US-registered non-profit. Slava Ukraini!
Looking for Internee Descendant representative Posted 1/13/2016 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
To all Internee Descendants of Canada’s First National Internment Operations of 1914 to 1920,
The Board of Directors of the Shevchenko Foundation is currently seeking an internee descendant representative for April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. This appointment is for a one year fixed term. The submitted names will be considered as potential candidates for the Internee Descendant Endowment Council position. (Non-voting)
You are invited to complete the attached form along with your resume by February 29, 2016.
Feel free to contact Andrea Malysh if you have any questions regarding this position.
Holodomor to be commemorated at the Legislature Posted 11/16/2015 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015 -
Time: 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. program
Where: Alberta Main Legislative Building in the Rotunda.
A modest lunch of bread and beet
broth (borshch) will be served at 12:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Rotunda.
The Legislative Assembly of Alberta will be commemorating the 7th anniversary of Bill 37, claiming the 4th Saturday of November each year as "Ukrainian Famine and Genicide (Holodomor) Memorial day.
Hetman Awards 2015 Posted 9/28/2015 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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Hetman Awards Banquet
Come out to support our hard working and well deserving volunteer recipients of the UCC-APC Hetman Awards.
This year we present a new category, the "Exemplary Volunteer".
Sunday, October 18, 2015 - held at the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex. $100.00 Adult, $50.00 Youth (under 30)
Recipients of the Hetman Awards are:
Youth: Ivanna Kruhlak, Mary Ann Sech
Adult: Emil Yereniuk, Vlodko Boychuk
Senior: Oleh Wowk, Bohdan Walkiw
Exemplary Volunteer : Steffie Chmilar
Tickets available at the UCC-APC office #8, 8103-127 Ave.
MP Chrystia Freeland at St. John's Cultural Centre Posted 7/15/2015 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
MP and Ukrainian activist Chrystia Freeland will be speaking on the future of democracy in Ukraine as well as the ongoing Ukrainian crisis at 4:00 PM on July 19, 2015 at the St. John's Cultural Centre. Donations will be accepted at the door
Hetman and Exemplary Volunteer Awards Posted 7/3/2015 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
The nomination forms for the 2015 Hetman Awards as well as the new Exemplary Volunteer Awards have been uploaded to the UCC - APC website! The deadline for nomination has been extended to July 15, 2015.
Ukrainian Day 2015 Media Release Posted 7/3/2015 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Alberta Provincial Council (UCC-APC), partnering with the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, invites the public to attend the annual Ukrainian Day 2015 at the Ukrainian Village on Sunday August 9, to celebrate all things Ukrainian. This year we are acknowledging and celebrating the contributions of our Ukrainian pioneers and their legacies and traditions. We are also proud to mention that 2015 marks the 124th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada, as we prepare for the 125th anniversary in 2016.
This event, which draws over 5,000 visitors annually, will commence at 9:00 AM, and end at 5:00 PM. A concert showcase is the main spectacle of the day, featuring artists from East-Central Alberta, across Canada, and Ukraine.
Other activities at the event include the pioneer recognition monument unveilings and certificate ceremonies as well as the presentation of the Michael Luchkovich award, granted to former parliamentarians of Ukrainian descent for their significant contribution and dedication to the betterment of all Canadians. Former MLA Ray Danyluk will be the recipient of this year’s Michael Luchkovich Award.
Children’s activities include a youth soccer tournament and a children’s craft station. There will also be the Ukrainian Village Food Festival, as well as Ukrainian foods served at the “Summer Kitchen”.
Admission rates are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (age 65+), $7.50 for youth (age 7-17), and free for veterans and military personnel, Friends of the Ukrainian Heritage Village membership holders, and children ages six or under. There is a special $35 admission rate for families. Tickets can be purchased at the Village’s entrance on the day of the event. For more information on Ukrainian Day 2015, please visit http://uccab.ca/ukrainianday.
Prime Photo/Video Opportunity Times & Locations
11:15 am: Unveiling and Blessing of Name Plaques on Centenary Monument (Centennial Pioneer Monument)
1:50 pm: Michael Luchkovich Award Presentation (Band Shell Stage)
2:00 pm Concert (Band Shell Stage)
Media enquiries may be directed to:
Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Alberta Provincial Council
#8, 8103-127 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5C 1R9
(780) 414-1624 firstname.lastname@example.org
How did my donation assist Ukraine? Posted 4/21/2015 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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Ukrainian community in Alberta reports on funds raised for
humanitarian efforts in Ukraine
A year ago, Ukrainian-Canadians and local donors in Edmonton began a fundraising campaign in order to provide humanitarian aid to an embattled Ukraine. In short order over $165,000 was raised with the Government of Alberta adding an additional $125,000 to bring the total to over $ 300,000.
The Alberta Provincial Council of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, which organized the campaign, will report on how the donations were used to provide assistance for Ukraine which is fighting for its very existence against a Kremlin-supported insurgency that has claimed more than 6,100 lives and displaced 1.5 million people. Examples will be shown of how these funds assisted in providing warm clothing to volunteer battalions, medical aid and reconstructive surgery to wounded soldiers, and vital support and rehabilitation to the families of the inflicted.
The community and public are invited to attend the event, “How your dollars made a difference”, which will be held:
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
St. John’s Cultural Centre, 10611 – 110 Avenue, Edmonton
Presenters will include Serhij Kostyuk, president of UCC Edmonton; Oleksiy Karpenko, UCC-APC - Art for Aid Campaign; and Victor Hetmanczuk, president of the national Canada Ukraine Foundation based in Toronto which lead many aide efforts in Ukraine.
Panakhyda for the fallen of the Euromaidan Posted 2/20/2015 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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PLEASE JOIN US IN A COMMEMORATIVE GATHERING , TODAY, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 AT CHURCHILL SQUARE, 7:00 P.M.
BRING A VOTIVE CANDLE TO LIGHT IN MEMORY OF THE FALLEN HEROES OF THE EUROMAIDAN
Additional support for Ukraine Posted 1/28/2015 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
PM ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR ECONOMIC STABILIZATION AND DEVELOPMENT IN UKRAINE
***For a video of Prime Minister Stephen Harper responding to a question in the House of Commons regarding Canada’s assistance to Ukraine, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4hncQeELSM&feature=youtu.be
28 January 2015
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced additional support to further promote economic and social stability in Ukraine, whose economy continues to face serious challenges, including from the Putin regime’s persistent aggression and occupation of Crimea.
The additional support – in the form of a second low-interest loan – aims to help Ukraine’s newly-elected government restore macroeconomic stability, promote sustainable growth, and support programming consistent with Canadian development priorities.
The second loan, which will be delivered by Export Development Canada, is part of a broader package of additional international assistance for Ukraine, and is conditional on the approval of the next review of Ukraine’s International Monetary Fund (IMF)-supported program. Funds will be disbursed following agreement on terms and conditions consistent with those of Canada’s first loan. As with any financial support provided by Canada, the loan will include necessary safeguards to ensure accountability and transparency with respect to the use of funds.
Today’s announcement is one of several measures undertaken by the Government of Canada in concert with the international community to help address the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
Canada provided a first $200 million low-interest loan to Ukraine in September 2014.
The second $200 million low-interest loan announced today will include a provision enabling Canada to perform an audit of funds used during the course of the agreement, as well as an obligation for Ukraine to provide regular reports detailing the funds’ use.
This announcement brings the total value of Canada’s loan agreements with Ukraine to $400 million.
Since March 2014, Canada has imposed a broad range of political and economic sanctions affecting more than 200 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities.
Canada has provided Ukraine with a range of non-lethal security assistance and equipment, as well as training for members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Canada sent hundreds of short- and long-term observers to the May 25, 2014 Presidential election and the October 26, 2014 Parliamentary election.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper also visited Ukraine in March and June 2014.
“Since the onset of the crisis, Canada has stood proudly and firmly alongside the people of Ukraine as they have courageously struggled for peace and freedom against the Putin regime. The loan announced today will help promote economic and social stability as the Ukrainian government works to re-build itself into a democratic, independent, and prosperous country, free from aggressors.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy new year! Posted 12/23/2014 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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ХРИСТОС НАРОДИВСЯ! СЛАВІМ ЙОГО!
The Executive and the Board of Directors of UCC-APC would like to take this opportunity to thank you - our community members and organizations - for your commitment to our Ukrainian Canadian community. Without your dedication to your organizations, programs and activities, our Ukrainian community would not be as rich and vibrant as it is.
We also wish to thank all the generous supporters of UCC-APC. Together we will continue our efforts in meeting the mission of UCC-APC through the many activities we undertake. Our mission is to strengthen and grow a unified Ukrainian Canadian Community in Alberta committed to preserving our heritage, culture and language.
Thank you for your support!
Arts for Aid - November 29, 2014 Posted 11/26/2014 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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St. Joseph's High School Rotunda
10830 - 109 Street Edmonton
ART for AID
Art Exhibit / Sale / Performances in Support of Ukraine
100% of the proceeds to help purchase warm clothing!
Local artists of Ukrainian descent are presenting the second ART for AID event - an art exhibit, sale and live performances in support of Ukraine - on Saturday, November 29. The event is
open to the public
and takes place from 2pm-5pm in the St. Joseph High School rotunda (10830 - 109 Street).
sales of art will go to humanitarian aid directed to the soldiers
battling for independence and democracy in Ukraine. Monies will be used
to purchase warm clothes and boots, food, shelter and other necessities.
Local Ukrainian store "Orbit," is paying for delivery of goods to
Ukraine. More than 500 kg have been sent thus far.
Artists taking part:
Karpenko, Oleksi Karpenko, Luba Bilash, Larissa Eliuk Matchak, Oksana
Zhelisko and Larisa Luciw and Valeriy Semenko, Svitlana Serheyeva,
Halyna Bodiakova, Char Vanderhorst, Oksana Movchan, Mariya Pechena,
Debra Cherniawsky Durrer, Igor Postash, Volodymyr Lupijchuk, Audrey
Uzwyshyn, Elizabeth Holinaty, and Pamela Shapka.
Performers taking part:
Anna Chudik, Julian Eveneshen, Mikykie Shapka, My Ukrainian Dance
Academy, Viter Choir, Daria Podilsky, Ruta, Johanthan Hlus, Nikolai
Shapka, Tanya Strilets, Suzirya, Lesia Hyzha.
Commemoration of the Holodomor Memorial Day Act Posted 11/18/2014 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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The Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day Act came into formce in ALberta on November 4, 2008, recognizing the 1932-33 Famine and gonocide of the Ukrainian people and instituting a memorial day on the fourth Saturday in November to mark the tragedy each year.
A ceremony commemorating Holodomor will be held at the Alberta Legislature on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 12:00 noon. This event will honour the legislation and mourn the lives lost.
A children's choir from the Ukrainian Bilingual program will be performing. Special guest speaker: Dr. Wolodymyr Zarycky, Centre for U.S. - Ukraine Relations - New York.
CUPP members all safe! Posted 10/23/2014 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
Ottawa - October 22, 2014 - CUPP
The 33 Ukrainian Students participating in the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Internship Program (CUPP) are accounted for and all are safe.
Artists Show in support of the Ukrainian Army Posted 10/8/2014 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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You are cordially invited to our pop-up Art Exhibit in support of the Ukrainian Army to help raise funds for warm clothing for the women and men defending Ukraine.Several local artists have donated their art from which 100% of the proceeds will be going toward this cause.
New and gently-used warm items as well as monetary donations are welcomed.
With the huge help of all of our donors we have managed to collect and send to Ukraine over 100 kg of humanitarian add.
Saturday , October 11, 2014 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
UNF Hall 10629 -98 St. Edmonton, AB
Hetman Awards and 40th Anniversary 2014 Posted 9/5/2014 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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Announcing the 2014 Hetman Awards Recipients:
Youth – Cassian Soltykevych, Olesia Markevych, and Zorya Belanger
Adult – Andrea Kopylech, Eileen Yewchuk, and Luba Kowalchyk
Senior – Frances Sych, Lawrence Pshyk, and Orest Eveneshen
Posthumous award – Mary Goy - Peace River
We are honoured to invite you to the 2014 Annual Hetman Awards and Gala hosted by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Alberta Provincial Council (UCC-APC). Developed to recognize members of the Ukrainian community in Alberta who dedicate their time and expertise for the benefit of us all, this is a social evening for organizations and individuals to say “thank you / diakuju” for their volunteer commitment.
Time: 5:30 p.m. reception, art show, entertainment, 6:30 p.m. - Dinner and Awards
Tickets: $100.00 - Adult, $50.00 - Youth (under 30 yrs).
Please call the office (780) 414-1624 to order your tickets.
PC Leadership Forum - sponsored by the UCC-APC Posted 8/13/2014 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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PC LEADERSHIP FORUM
Please come to our PC Leadership Forum, and meet the candidates for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party, Jim Prentice, Thomas Lukaszuk, and Ric McIver
This is an opportunity to discuss with the candidates the concerns of the Ukrainian Canadian Community in Alberta
Hosted by the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex
Date: August 18, 2014 - Monday
Place: Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex 9615 - 153 Ave, Edmonton
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Save the Date!! Ukrainian Day, August 10, 2014 Posted 6/26/2014 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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UCC-APC is pleased to announce Ukrainian Day, Shades of Shevchenko, 2014 on Sunday, August 10, 2014
at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
This year Cheremosh and Zhyto will be entertaining us at the Band Shell concert at 2:00 p.m. Other performers taking part are the Zbytochnyky and the "Zabava v Koli"
In the Sil'ska Domivka, there will be a Shevchenko Exhibit, prepared by the Ukrainain Women's Organization of Edmonton and Plast - Edmonton.
We will also have crafts, soccer games , and the big Village Race, for children, youth and all members of your family!
Come for the pancake breakfast and stay for a whole day of fun and activities.
Special ceremonies include the unveiling of centenary plaques, prayers at the memorial monument, chernobyl cross and the internment monument will take place starting at 11:15 am.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Attend Swearing-in Ceremony of President-Elect Petr Poroshenko in Ukraine Posted 6/4/2014 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER TO ATTEND SWEARING-IN CEREMONY OF PRESIDENT-ELECT PETRO POROSHENKO IN UKRAINE
Prime Minister Stephen Harper yesterday announced that he will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine, to attend the swearing-in ceremony on June 7, 2014, of Petro Poroshenko as the new President of Ukraine. This will be Prime Minister Harper’s second visit to Ukraine since the outset of the crisis in the country.
Canada has been a leader in the global response to Russian aggression in Ukraine. Canada has put in place sanctions against over 100 individuals and entities responsible for the crisis, contributed hundreds of Canadian observers to help facilitate free, fair and democratic elections in Ukraine, and is providing funds this year to help Ukraine implement needed economic reforms and promote democratic and social development.
The Prime Minister’s visit to Ukraine will be part of a broader trip to Europe, which includes visits to Warsaw, Poland (June 4), to mark the 25th anniversary of the beginning of Poland’s transition from communism to democracy; to Brussels, Belgium (June 4 and 5) to participate in the G-7 Summit; and to Normandy, France (June 6) to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea, Ukraine, and provocations in Eastern and Southern Ukraine remain a serious concern to the international community. Together with its G-7 partners, Canada continues to call on the Russian Federation to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
Canada and the G-7 have strongly condemned Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine, including by imposing coordinated sanctions and travel bans on key Russian and Ukrainian figures and entities responsible for undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Canada and Ukraine have enjoyed close bilateral ties since Canada became the first Western nation to recognize Ukraine’s independence on December 2, 1991. Relations, which are underpinned by the 1.2 million strong Ukrainian-Canadian community, have grown to encompass cooperation in the political, security, and commercial spheres.
This will be the Prime Minister’s second visit to Ukraine since the outset of the crisis and his third visit to the country since taking office in 2006.
“The people of Ukraine deserve a government that defends the country’s political and territorial integrity against those who would seek to control it once more. I look forward to travelling to Ukraine to witness the swearing-in of President-elect Petro Poroshenko and to offer the people of Ukraine Canada’s full support as they take important steps to restore stability and prosperity.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper
LE PREMIER MINISTRE STEPHEN HARPER ASSISTERA À L’ASSERMENTATION DU PRÉSIDENT ÉLU PETRO POROCHENKO EN UKRAINE
Le Premier ministre Stephen Harper a annoncé hier qu’il se rendrait à Kiev, en Ukraine, pour assister à la cérémonie d’assermentation, le 7 juin 2014, de Petro Porochenko comme nouveau Président de l’Ukraine. Il s’agira de la deuxième visite du Premier ministre Harper en Ukraine depuis le début de la crise dans ce pays.
Le Canada a été l’un des premiers pays du monde à réagir à l’agression russe en Ukraine. Le Canada a imposé des sanctions contre plus de 100 personnes et entités responsables de la crise; il a fourni des centaines d’observateurs canadiens pour faciliter des élections libres, justes et démocratiques en Ukraine, ainsi que des fonds, cette année, pour aider l’Ukraine à mettre en œuvre les réformes économiques nécessaires et pour favoriser la démocratie et le développement social.
La visite du Premier ministre en Ukraine fera partie d’un grand voyage en Europe, avec des visites à Varsovie, en Pologne (4 juin), pour souligner le 25e anniversaire du début de la transition de la Pologne du communisme à la démocratie; à Bruxelles, en Belgique (4 et 5 juin) pour participer au sommet du G-7; et en Normandie, en France (6 juin) pour souligner le 70e anniversaire du Jour J et de la bataille de Normandie.
L’occupation illégale par la Russie de la Crimée, en Ukraine, et ses provocations dans l’est et dans le sud de l’Ukraine restent très préoccupantes pour la communauté internationale. Avec ses partenaires du G‑7, le Canada continue à presser la Fédération russe de respecter l’intégrité territoriale de l’Ukraine.
Le Canada et les pays du G‑7 ont fermement condamné les actions agressives de la Russie en Ukraine, en imposant des sanctions coordonnées et des interdictions de voyager à des personnalités clés de Russie et d’Ukraine responsables d’avoir nui à la souveraineté et à l’intégrité territoriale de l’Ukraine.
Le Canada et l’Ukraine entretiennent d’étroites relations bilatérales depuis que le Canada est devenu le premier pays occidental à reconnaître l’indépendance de l’Ukraine, le 2 décembre 1991. Ces relations, sous-tendues par une communauté ukraino-canadienne de 1,2 million de personnes, se sont étendues à la coopération en matière de politique, de sécurité et de commerce.
Il s’agira de la deuxième visite du Premier ministre en Ukraine depuis le début de la crise et de sa troisième dans ce pays, depuis le début de son mandat en 2006.
« La population ukrainienne mérite d’avoir un gouvernement qui défend l’intégrité politique et territoriale du pays contre ceux qui cherchent à en reprendre le contrôle. Je me réjouis d’aller en Ukraine pour assister à l’assermentation du Président élu Petro Porochenko et pour offrir à la population de l’Ukraine tout le soutien du Canada en vue des importantes mesures qui seront prises pour rétablir la stabilité et la prospérité en Ukraine. » – Le Premier ministre Stephen Harper
As always, I invite you to share this message with friends and family.
The Office of the Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MP
Alberta withdraws from trade event in Russia Posted 5/14/2014 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
Alberta withdraws from trade event in Russia
May 14, 2014 Media inquiries
In response to escalating tensions in Ukraine, the Government of Alberta will not attend the 21st World Petroleum Congress (WPC) to be held in Moscow, Russia, June 15-19.
The Government of Alberta began coordinating Alberta’s presence at WPC back in 2012, which was to include a booth in the Canadian Pavilion as well as on-the-ground support for a delegation of Alberta-based oil and gas companies.
Over the past months, Alberta has been closely monitoring the situation with our federal and provincial counterparts as well as participating companies.
“Since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine, Alberta has stood united with the Government of Canada in condemning violence and the violation of Ukraine’s sovereign territory. In the face of ongoing aggression I have made the decision to withdraw all provincial support for the Congress being held in Moscow.”
Premier Dave Hancock
“The world is a different place now than it was when these plans were initially being made. Continuing actions to undermine stability in Ukraine make Alberta’s participation in Moscow untenable. We continue to support the federal government’s persistent calls to de-escalate the crisis and oppose military aggression and illegal occupation.”
Cal Dallas, Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations
“Alberta stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and in support of efforts to restore stability and implement democratic and economic reforms. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ukrainian people as we persist in our hope for a peaceful resolution.”
Genia Leskiw, MLA for Bonnyville-Cold Lake and Chair of the Advisory Council on Alberta-Ukraine Relations
The Government of Alberta continues to support the Canadian Association of World Petroleum Council and its role in organizing the World Petroleum Congress.
The World Petroleum Congress is held every three years as a meeting place for global discussions on oil and gas issues. Alberta has been an active participant in the World Petroleum Council and subsequent congresses since 1997.
Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta's resources to ensure we're able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.
UCC-APC invites you to join the Vyshynvanka Parade Posted 5/12/2014 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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On Saturday May 17, 2014 our Ukrainian community is coming together to celebrate our culture and beautiful tradition, the Ukrainian «Vyshyvanka» (Ukrainian Embroidery). We also will be showing our support for Ukraine in this time of turmoil, advocating for fair and democratic elections.
This worldwide movement of the Vyshyvanka Parade takes place every year in Ukraine as well as amoung the Ukrainian Diaspora. This year Edmonton and Toronto will be simultaneously taking part. To learn more about this international movement please see:
We encourage all to come out, wearing their embroidered blouses, shirts, choir or dance costumes, and join in the 45 minute stroll through downtown Edmonton.(See attached map). We will be starting at Sir Winston Churchill Square at 1:00 p.m, and then proceed to march through the downtown area, completing our walk at the Legislature, by the Pioneer monument. There will be a brief program at the Legislature grounds.
If you cannot make the parade, meet us at 2:00 p.m. at the Ukrainian Pioneer Monument by the Legislature Fountains.
Volunteers needed for Presidential Election. Posted 4/23/2014 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
World Congress calls for volunteers to join UWC International Election
Observation Mission to Presidential Election in Ukraine
11 April 2014
Ukrainian World Congress calls for volunteers to join UWC International
Election Observation Mission to Presidential Election in Ukraine
The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) will deploy an International
Election Observation Mission to the Presidential Election in Ukraine
scheduled for 25 May 2014.
The UWC is calling for volunteers to join its International Election
Observation Mission, the objective of which is to support a more open
and transparent electoral process in Ukraine by monitoring the electoral
process throughout Ukraine and at diplomatic posts around the world.
The UWC International Election Observation Mission will be headed by
Judge Bohdan Futey from the United States. The Chief Observer will be
UWC Third Vice President Peter Sztyk.
In October 2012, the UWC International Election Observation
Mission deployed the largest non-government funded international
observation mission to the Ukraine Parliamentary Election with over 250
long-term and short-term observers from 20 countries.
The application package
for volunteers interested in joining the UWC International Election
Observation Mission to the Presidential Elections is available on the
UWC web site.
UCC-APC gives Easter Greeting! Posted 4/15/2014 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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UCC-APC Easter Greetings
On this holiest of holidays, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Alberta Provincial Council wishes all the members of the Ukrainian Canadian Community an Easter filled with favorite traditions, happy new memories, and continuing good health but most of all, an Easter that renews your faith, uplifts your spirit, and fills your heart with joy.
Easter is a time of thanksgivings and rejoicing. It is a time to remind us of the many blessings that we have: our family, our friends and our lives. As we rejoice in the Resurrection, let us bow our heads for all that we experience and the abundances that life has given us. We are reminded of all the freedoms we have as Canadians, and those that our family and friends in Ukraine so dearly want and deserve. Let us pray for a peaceful resolution in Ukraine and for those who have lost loved ones in the fight for democracy. Easter is a time for renewal and rebirth!
У цей найблагочестивіший день Провінційна Рада Альберти при Конґресі українців Канади бажає усім представникам українсько-канадської громади Великодня, що сповнений улюблених традицій і нових щасливих спогадів, а також нескінченної наснаги й міцного здоров’я, але, понад усе, Великодня, який допоможе відновити вашу віру, піднести дух й переповнити ваші серця радістю.
Великдень – це час для висловлення подяки й святкування. У цей день ми відчуваємо вдячність за наші численні благословення: за родину, друзів та за наше життя. Святкуючи Воскресіння, слід схилити голови на знак подяки за усі переживання й статки, які дарує нам життя. Ми усвідомлюємо, що будучи канадійцями, користуємось усіма правами і свободами, на які наші родичі та друзі в Україні теж заслуговують і яких так палко прагнуть. Нумо, помолімось за мирне вирішення ситуації, яка склалась в Україні, й за тих, хто втратив своїх близьких у боротьбі за демократію. Великдень – це час для оновлення та відродження!
UCC-APC calls for boycott of Russian Goods and Travel Posted 4/3/2014 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
Ukrainian Canadians Call for Boycott of Russian Goods and Travel
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress appeals to all fair-minded fellow citizens of Canada to refrain from purchasing any imported products manufactured in Russia as a gesture of solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
In calling for this boycott of Russian goods, the Congress is not seeking to punish ordinary citizens of Russia but to send a clear message to the authoritarian and imperialistic regime of Vladimir Putin, whose aggressive actions are not only threatening the lives and fundamental rights of the peaceful inhabitants of Ukraine, but are setting an extremely dangerous precedent that is undermining global stability. Just as Canadians effectively boycotted South African products to censure apartheid, and Chilean products to protest the brutal military dictatorship led by Augusto Pinochet, we hope that our fellow citizens will similarly make a conscientious decision to not provide any financial support that benefits the current Kremlin leadership and the oligarchic, criminal and extremist elements acting in concert with it.
The Congress further requests that businesses and government agencies importing products from Russia suspend future orders and instead seek alternative sources for the same products. Finally, Ukrainian Canadians ask that people thinking of visiting Russia or the illegitimately seized Ukrainian territory of Crimea as tourists, consider choosing other destinations for their leisure travel. The Congress calls for the boycott to remain in effect until Russia withdraws from Crimea and ceases working to destabilize and subjugate the independent government of Ukraine by political, and economic and military means.
Ukrainian Flag to be raised on the ALberta Legislature Grounds - Alberta shows its support Posted 3/14/2014 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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Ukrainian Flag to be raised at the Legislature Grounds - Alberta shows its support for Ukraine!
Come out to the Legislature Grounds Sunday, March 16, 2014 , 4:00 p.m. East of the Annex Legislative Building.
Media Release - Ukraine Fundraiser Posted 3/6/2014 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
Fund Raising Rally for Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine
Come out to our Fundraiser, Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the St.John's Cultural Centre 10611 110 Ave. Edmonton
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Alberta to help fund humanitarian aid to Ukraine Posted 3/4/2014 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
The Alberta government will provide up to $100,000 in matching funds for humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
The money will come from the Alberta Culture International Development Program.
In a news release Tuesday, Premier Alison Redford said that Alberta stands beside the people of Ukraine.
More than 250,000 Albertans are of Ukrainian descent.
UCC-APC Fundraiser for Support of the Heroes of Ukraine Posted 2/27/2014 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
UCC-APC is sponsoring a Fundraising rally for the humanitarian aid for medical aid, rehabilitation, support for families of the victims and injured. Please come out and support this very urgent need in Ukraine. Donations can also be made on-line as well to www.cufoundation.ca.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014
ST. JOHN'S CULTURAL CENTRE
10611 - 110 Avenue
TIME: 7:00 P.M. -
PERFORMERS SPEAKERS VIDEOS EXHIBITS
DONATIONS ALSO ACCEPTED ONLINE THROUGH THE CUF MAIDAN FUND
Prayers for the victims of the Maidan in Kyiv Posted 2/20/2014 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
Слава Ісусу Христу! Glory to Jesus Christ!
Reverend Fathers, Sisters and Representatives of the Eparchial Organizations,
On Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Edmonton (9003-153 Ave.), a Divine Liturgy will be celebrated for the intentions of nation and people of Ukraine. After the Liturgy there will be a Panahyda for all the victims of the clashes on the Maidan in Kiev, and in the streets and squares of the other cities of Ukraine.
We invite everyone to join in prayer for peace, integrity and the right to a dignified life for all citizens of Ukraine.
Please inform as many of your parishioners and contacts as possible!
Sincerely in Christ,
Crisis in Ukraine Daily Briefing Note February 14. Posted 2/14/2014 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
Crisis in Ukraine Daily Briefing Note February 14, 2014
1. Activists freed from custody
2. Maidan Council outlines conditions for freeing Hrushevsky street
3. Party of Regions faction calls for President to appoint a PM from Party of Regions
4. Community activists attacked in Donetsk cafe, detained by police
5. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov rebukes West for interfering in Ukraine
Crisis in Ukraine : Daily Briefing Note February 12, 2014 Posted 2/12/2014 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
Crisis in Ukraine: Daily Briefing Note
12 February 2014
1. Parliament will not meet this week
After a meeting with Parliamentary Speaker Rybak, Party of Regions and Communist factions decided that Parliament will not meet this week. This despite calls to have the Rada consider a return to the 2004 Constitution. Therefore, Parliament will not sit until 18 February. Importantly, the Amnesty Law expires on 17 February. This is another indication that the Presidential Administration and the parliamentary majority that supports the president are playing for time.
2. Court closes cases against Popov and Sivkovytch
The Kyiv Prosecutor has announced that the Kyiv Pechersk and Shevchenko district courts have closed the cases against former head of the Kyiv city Administration Popov and former deputy secretary of the Security and Defense Council Sivkovytch. The cases relate to their role in the violent crackdown against demonstrators on 30 November 2013. Despite the existence of myriad evidence, many witnesses, and that both the President and the General Prosecutor have acknowledged that the crackdown was illegal, nobody in an official position has been brought to justice. The Kyiv prosecutor's office stated that the court was acting in accordance with the amnesty law, which removes from criminal responsibility anyone involved in the events of 21 November to 26 December 2013. In effect, the state has removed responsibility for illegal actions from itself. The Commission for the Investigation of Violations of Human Rights in Ukraine, an independent commission created in January 2014, headed by Ambassador V. Vasylenko, former Justice of the Criminal Tribunal on Yugoslavia (2002-2005), has called the decision illegitimate.
3. Peoples' Deputy Moskal appeals to Prosecutor to investigate attacks on journalists
Deputy Hennadiy Moskal, who is to head (the creation of the Commission is awaiting the signature of Speaker Rybak) the Temporary Parliamentary Investigative Commission "On illegal actions of law enforcement bodies, violations citizens' rights and freedoms during events related to mass protests," has asked the Prosecutor General to open criminal investigations of 124 cases that allege attacks on journalists by law enforcement between 24 November 2013 and 25 January 2014. It is unlikely that, even if opened, anything will come of these investigations.
4. Kharkiv Governor calls for Federalization of Ukraine by bypassing Parliament
Kharkiv Governor Mykhailo Dobkin has called for a referendum on federalization of Ukraine, bypassing Parliament. The attempt to put the discussion of federalization of Ukraine on the table is clearly in the interests of Russia and an attempt to heighten tensions in Ukraine. A political ploy, the introduction of federalization, is an attempt to create divisions within the country.
5. Fule meets with Yanukovych and Opposition Leaders
EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule met with opposition leaders Yatseniuk, Klitschko, and Tyahnybok and President Yanukovych. According to Yatseniuk, Europe continues to offer financial aid for reforms in Ukraine. The Presidential Administration, stated Fule and Yanukovych discussed the possibility of stabilizing the political situation in Ukraine through dialogue between the authorities, opposition and civil society.
6. Yatseniuk and Turchynov meet with Tymoshenko
Opposition leaders Yatseniuk and Turchynov met today with imprisoned former PM Tymoshenko. After the meeting, Yatseniuk had green disinfectant sprayed on him. Police have not commented on the attack.
Donations to Ukraine Posted 2/4/2014 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
Support Euromaidan Financially
Donate funds to Euromaidan through one of the following ways:
Canada Ukraine Foundation:
CHEQUES payable to “CUF MaidanFund” can be mailed to “Canada Ukraine Foundation 203-952 Main St. Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2W 3P4″.
DONATIONS directly to Pomich Ukraini Fund Account N 6588D1 at Buduchnist Credit Union.
DONATIONS to the account “Euromaidan 2013 DAILY1″ at Buduchnist Credit Union.
PAYPAL to the email address: “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Buduchnist Credit Union Fund:
DONATIONS to the account “Euromaidan 2013″ at Buduchnist Credit Union.
Молитва Posted 1/23/2014 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
СПЕЦІАЛЬНА МОЛИТВА В ДНІ НАПРУЖЕНОЇ СИТУАЦІЇ В УКРАЇНІ
Любий наш Боже, Найсолодший Ісусе Христе, не дай злим силам, котрі нас так мучать опанувати нашою країною. Благаємо Тебе, не допусти, щоб розпалилась громадянська війна, щоб убивали брат брата, батько сина. Не допусти, щоб у нашій країні панували цинізм і жорстокість. Господи наш Любий не допускай вторгнення з боку будь-якої іншої держави. Благає Тебе, Наймиліший Боже, народ щирий і побожний, щоб Ти відігнав злі сшш і зняв напруження у громадян нашої країни, щоб вони керувались розумом, а не емоціями, щоб кожен зміг зробити правильний вибір, бо від цього залежить майбутнє нашої України та відношення світу до неї. Любий наш Боже, хай у нашій країні вічно панує любов, доброта, щирість, побожність. Не допусти, Боже, щоб тут панували фальш і лицемірство. У всьому хай виконується Твоя Свята воля, а не наша.
URGENT! NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Posted 12/21/2013 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
January 18, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!
UKRAINE VICTIM OF NEW REPRESSIVE LAWS - say Ukrainian Canadians
Call for sanctions and visa restrictions to be applied
OTTAWA - The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) condemns the actions of Ukraine’s President Victor Yanukovych, who signed a series of laws that curb freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, the right to legal due process and freedom of association; severely curtailing civil liberties and political rights in Ukraine.
The laws implemented are intended to shut down the Euromaidan protests, which have underscored the determination of the Ukrainian people to live in a free, just and democratic society. Rather than engaging in constructive dialogue with its citizens, the government is silencing these protests through repression, censorship, and intimidation.
The UCC calls for Canada, together with its U.S. and European allies to immediately implement visa restrictions and individual financial sanctions against those responsible for perpetrating the violations of human rights and freedoms in Ukraine.
"Upon taking office, Ukraine's President swore an oath to uphold the Constitution and protect the rights and freedoms of the Ukrainian people. Today, by signing these laws, the President has de facto turned Ukraine into a police state," said Paul Grod, President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. "These laws were passed in violation of Ukraine's Constitution and with egregious contraventions of Parliamentary procedures. President Yanukovych has signaled his approval for these authoritarian methods, and for the content and substance of these laws."
The UCC expresses its complete solidarity with the people of Ukraine in their peaceful struggle to build a free and democratic nation. UCC President explains the situation in Ukraine in an interview on CTV National News as new laws are passed against protestors http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=277100.
“We fear that Ukrainians will face violent repression, as these draconian laws take effect immediately”, said Grod. “We are appalled that Ukraine's Parliamentary Chairman Volodymyr Rybak would choreograph this illegitimate vote and allow for violence against opposition deputies to take place in the Parliament without censure.”
The signing of the so-called "Dictatorship Laws" have transformed the country overnight into a police state that many experts have compared to Russia, Belarus and North Korea. Equally concern is the fact that on the same day the "dictatorship laws" were signed by the President, he fired the Commander of the Armed Forces, the Head of the Presidential Administration, and appointed over 70 new judges throughout Ukraine in an effort to consolidate control over the military and judiciary in addition to the legislative branch and the executive.
The UCC wishes to thank the Government of Canada and Canada’s Parliamentarians for their continued and unwavering support for the people of Ukraine. Canada's Foreign Minister, the Honourable John Baird, who in December visited to protesters in Ukraine, stated yesterday, "Canada strongly supports the Ukrainian people, who have spoken out courageously in support of a free and democratic Ukraine. Canada is ready and prepared to consider all options to make clear on whose side we stand."
UCC Media Contact:
Taras Zalusky, Executive Director
Telephone: (613) 232 - 8822
Backgrounder on Ukrainian Laws signed by President Yanukovych
Among other provisions, the new laws provide for the following amendments to Ukrainian legislation:
State may take the decision to ban Internet access;
Criminalization for libel targeting media for criticizing government officials, up to two years in jail;
Blocking government buildings, up to five years in jail;
Up to 15 days arrest for unauthorized installation of tents, stages and sound equipment;
Up to 10 days arrest for participation in peaceful gatherings wearing a mask, helmet or other means of covering one’s face;
Groups of more than 5 cars driving together require permission from the Ministry of Interior Affairs, otherwise, the drivers face loss of license and vehicle for up to two years;
A broad definition of “extremist activities” adopted disallows NGOs and churches from engaging in support of civil protests.
Allowing trial and sentencing in absentia of individuals, including prison terms, in cases where the person refuses to appear in court and when criminal proceedings in absence of such person are pronounced possible;
Blocking access to residential buildings, up to six years in jail
Gathering and disseminating information about Berkut (Ukraine's special security force), judges or their families, up to 2 years in jail;
MPs may be stripped of immunity by a simple majority vote in Ukraine's Parliament (the Verkhovna Rada) thereby allowing initiation of criminal proceedings, detention or arrest with such cases no longer requiring prior review by the relevant Parliamentary Committee;
Amnesty from prosecution previously adopted by the Verkhovna Rada and granted to peaceful protestors who participated in protests since November 21, 2013 has now been extended to also exempt from punishment those who committed crimes against protestors, including Berkut and other law enforcement officials;
NGOs that accept foreign funds must include in their title the term “civic organizations that fulfills the functions of a foreign agent” and face high scrutiny, additional tax and regulatory measures.
UCC-APC Visits Saskatchewan Provincial Council Posted 7/3/2013 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
On June 27, Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Saskatchewan Provincial Council hosted UCC-APC board members at the office in Saskatoon, where a number of common issues were discussed, and the development of a formalized relationship was explored. UCC-APC thanks Saskatchewan for its generous hospitality, and we look forward to future collaborations. To find out more about Ukrainians in Saskatchewan, visit the official UCC-SPC website. Pictured: UCC-SPC Executive Director Danylo Puderak, President Slawko Kindrachuk, Vice-President MaryAnn Trischuk, Secretary Orest Gawdyda, UCC-APC Provincial Coordinator Slavka Shulakewych, Secretary Carla Kozak (in front) and President Barbara Hlus.
Celebrate 125 Years of Ukrainian Settlement in Canada Posted 6/26/2013 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Alberta Provincial Council (along with over 1 million Ukrainian Canadians) will soon be celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada. Our community has made tremendous strides over the last 1 and 1/4 centuries - growing stronger each year and making immeasurable contributions to Canada as whole. Do you have an idea about how you want to celebrate 125 years of Ukrainians in Canada? Do you have a story you want to share with Ukrainian Canadians as well as Ukrainians around the world? Please contact the UCCAPC office (email@example.com). We are also searching for volunteers to contribute to the official planning committee for the 125th Anniversary committee. Thank you for your support!
Ukrainian Day 2013 at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village Posted 6/26/2013 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
You are invited to join the 2013 UKRAINIAN DAY festival to be held on Sunday, August 11th, 2013 at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. The festival draws an audience of over 5,000 spectators and features many attractions including a cultural showcase, the Centenary Pioneers recognition, the Veterans Memorial Service, a children’s Ukrainian Race, free wagon rides to a “living” Historic Village and a mainstage Concert featuring the Viter Ukrainian Dancers and Folk Choir and the popular Ukrainian band Millenia. This year the Michael Luchkovich Award will be presented to former Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach, for his significant contributions to our nation, province and Ukrainian community.
This event has a 37-year history of bringing together families from all across east-central Alberta along with tourists and the general public for a day to celebrate all things Ukrainian. This year we will be continuing to commemorate the 120th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada with particular attention to the history of the first Ukrainian settlers in Alberta and the legacy they brought to our province and to Canada. Our festival Theme is “Spirit of 1893”- the year when our pioneers came back and settled in the Edna-Star area.
Click here for more festival details as well as a volunteer sign-up form.
UCC-APC Visits Calgary Posted 6/24/2013 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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The Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Alberta Provincial Council visited southern Alberta last week to attend the UCPBA annual meeting and the official opening of the internment exhibit at Cave & Basin historic site. Unfortunately, due to extreme flooding across the southern Alberta, the Cave & Basin event had to be cancelled. Instead, a special prayer service was held at The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Calgary. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Alberta affected by the catastrophic flooding. We hope you are safe and dry. You can view an album of photos from the visit on our Facebook page.
(Pictured: UCCAPC President Barbara Hlus with UCC National President Paul Grod)
First World War Internment Interview on WorldFM Posted 6/18/2013 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
Andrea Malysh, program manager for the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund, was recently interviewed by WorldFM's Roman Brytan. She talked about the June 20th opening of the Cave & Basin interpretive exhibit. The full English interview (11min) can be streamed on demand here.
Roman Brytan hosts the Ukrainian Program on 101.7 WorldFM in Edmonton from 6:00 PM to 7:00PM MST on weekdays. You can also listen around the world on www.worldfm.ca.
Ed Stelmach to Receive Honorary Degree from the University of Alberta Posted 6/5/2013 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
The University of Alberta has announced that an honorary degree will be bestowed upon former Alberta premier Ed Stelmach in a convocation ceremony this month. In 2006, Ed Stelmach took office as the first Ukrainian Canadian premier of Alberta. Through years of public service, Stelmach was a tireless supporter of the Ukrainian Canadian community of Alberta. His success story is an inspiration for Ukrainian and Non-Ukrainian Canadians alike.
The University of Alberta released this statement:
"Former Alberta premier Ed Stelmach’s 25 years of public service were marked by a commitment to leadership and integrity. A lifelong farmer, Stelmach began his run in politics in 1986 as a municipal councillor for Lamont County before being named reeve a year later. Stelmach entered provincial politics in 1993 when he was elected as a member of the legislative assembly for the riding of Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville. As MLA, he led four ministries, including infrastructure (1999-2001), and supported the creation of the Health Research Innovation Facilities—now the Li Ka Shing and Katz Group centres—that have been instrumental in attracting top-tier talent to our community. Stelmach became premier after winning his party’s leadership race in 2006 and went on to win the general election in 2008. As premier, Stelmach supported efforts to end homelessness and create affordable housing. He also recognized the importance of diversifying the economy and seeking global leadership to help shape the province’s future."
The honorary "doctor of laws" degree will be presented to Ed Stelmach at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on June 11th, 2013 at 3:00pm as part of the elementary education convocation ceremony. Stelmach is among 10 other recipients being honored by the University this spring.
UWC President Eugene Czolij Interview in Edmonton Posted 6/4/2013 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
During his recent visit to Alberta, Ukrainian World Congress President Eugene Czolij was interviewed by WorldFM's Roman Brytan. They discussed the role of the Ukrainian diaspora in influencing political and cultural policy in Ukraine, as well as plans to mark the 80th anniversary of the Holodomor in Ukraine and the upcoming Shevchenko bicentennial. Czolij also lists the key questions to be discussed at the upcoming UWC Congress in Ukraine, which will take place in August, 2013. The full 24 minute interview can be streamed on demand here.
Roman Brytan hosts the Ukrainian Program on 101.7 WorldFM in Edmonton from 6:00 PM to 7:00PM MST on weekdays. You can also listen around the world on www.worldfm.ca.
Announcement: UWC President Eugene Czolij to Visit Edmonton Posted 5/22/2013 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
The Edmonton branches of the League of Ukrainian Canadians and the League of Ukrainian Canadian Women in collaboration with UCC-APC and UCC Edmonton Branch invite the Ukrainian Canadian community of Edmonton to an evening with Ukrainian World Congress President Eugene Czolij. This special event takes place at 7:00PM on May 31, 2013 at the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex (9615-153 Ave, Edmonton, AB). Eugene Czolij will be speaking about activities of the Ukrainian World Congress in promoting the European integration and democratization of Ukraine, as well as the strengthening of the global Ukrainian community.
Czolij was elected to a five year term as Ukrainian World Congress President in 2008. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the Order of Merit of Ukraine, and the Shevchenko Medal from the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress since 1994 and the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute Foundation since 2005.
Hetman Awards Nominations Posted 5/21/2013 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
This autumn, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Alberta Provincial Branch will once again host the 15th annual Hetman Awards on Sunday, October 6, 2013, to recognize the most outstanding contributions that volunteers have made for the betterment of the Ukrainian-Canadian community.
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress in Alberta established the Hetman Awards in 1998 as a way of both recognizing and thanking the many volunteers in our community who have established organizations, created new projects impacting our cultural development and overall, made a difference by giving of their time, talents and ideas to ensure that our community was active and growing. At the same time, they, and our community, have contributed to the overall growth and development of the Province of Alberta where today our Ukrainian community is as much mainstream in its’ activities as is ethnic.
Previous winners of the Hetman Awards include The Honourable Ed Stelmach and Marie Stelmach, Gene Zwozdesky, Marco Levytsky, Maria Dytyniak, George Yopyk, Roman Brytan, Nadia Cyncar, Katrina Baziuk, Andrew Ilnycky, Michael Hantzsch, Taras Uzwyshyn, Peter Dackiw, andmany more. Since its’ inception, over 130 awards have been presented.
The UCC-APC welcomes nominations from any organization or group of individuals in Alberta. We strongly encourage all organizations to take the time to recognize those individuals who have made a great personal commitment to ensure our community’s organizations remain active and vibrant. If you or someone you know has greatly impacted the Ukrainian community through tireless volunteer work, please take the time to fill out a nomination form available here. The deadline for applications is June 3, 2013.
All award recipients will be publicly honoured at the Annual Hetman Awards Gala which will be held in Fall 2013.
For further information, please contact the UCC APC office at 780-414-1624 or email at email@example.com
Ukrainian Day Festival Volunteers Needed Posted 3/16/2013 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
for greeting guests, passing out program booklets, supervising children's Games, 50/50 Raffle Draw ticket sales. Short shifts (2-3 hrs) with free admission and lunch!
When and where?
Sunday, August 11, 2013, Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (Hw 16 East of Edmonton).
Get Involved in YOUR Community!
call 780.414.1624 or email email@example.com
Ask for Slavka Shulakewych
Call for article submissions and advertising for UCC APC Spring Newsletter Posted 3/14/2013 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
UCC APC would be happy to publish your organization’s news and announcements.* To have your events listed in the Alberta Community Events calendar printed in the Newsletter, as well as in the bi-weekly electronic Bulletin, please add them to the free on-line calendar maintained by the UCC APC.
1,200 copies of the UCC APC printed Newsletter are distributed to Ukrainian community organizations, businesses, academic and research institutions, governmental agencies, international organizations, embassies, Members of Parliament and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Ukrainian community donors, sponsors, supporters and volunteers. The UCC APC Electronic Bulletin, circulated bi-weekly to more than 4,000 contacts, has a newsletter blurb and a link to a pdf version of the Newsletter. All previous Newsletters are permanently available from our website.
For commercial companies:
Advertising rates for the Newsletter:
$395 - full page
$265 - half page
$145 - quarter page
$75 - business card
$500 - supplied inserts
Deadline for submissions of articles and ads - March 30 /2013.
For more information, contact Slavka Shulakewych 780.414.1624, email@example.com.
*The UCC APC does not take responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of submitted information and reserves its right to edit community submissions.
Black RIbbon Day -- Tomorrow Posted 8/22/2012 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
Black Ribbon Day
August 23, 2012
Black Ribbon Day - Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012
Legislative Building (Rotunda)
Commencing 7:00 p.m.
What is Black Ribbon Day?
In November 2009, a resolution declaring Black Ribbon Day, August 23, an annual day of remembrance for the victims of Communism and Nazism in Europe was unanimously passed Canadas Parliament.
Black Ribbon Day historically commemorates the anniversary of the infamous Molotov- Ribbentrop pact, a sinister partnership treaty between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia that allowed each to violently and illegally seize the lands and peoples situated between them.
Twenty Five years ago, Canadas Central and Eastern European communities, by initiating Black Ribbon Day, were instrumental in bringing international attention and understanding of the plight of their heritage nations. This Canadian initiative organized demonstrations in 21 cities on both sides of the Iron Curtain. In 1989 close to 2 million people formed a human chain across the Baltic republics and by 1991, demonstrations were held in 56 cities on three continents.
MP Linda Duncan Tours Ukraine Posted 5/16/2012 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
Duncan visits L’viv, Kyiv, and Kharkiv to examine rule of law, democratization, and status of Tymoshenko and other jailed opposition members.
OTTAWA – Linda Duncan, Member of Parliament for Edmonton–Strathcona and New Democrat Critic for Public Works and Government Services is visiting Ukraine until May 18, 2012 as a member of the delegation of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.
Duncan will visit the cities of L’viv, Kyiv, and Khariv, and will have the opportunity to meet with a wide range of representatives of Ukrainian society. These meetings will provide an insight into economic and political developments in Ukraine, as well as human rights and civil society.
“I am honoured to be a part of this visit to Ukraine.” said Duncan. “The relationship between Canada and Ukraine is strong and historic. For the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada and all Canadians, it is important to see the path to progress continue for Ukrainian people – in terms of rule of law, democracy, a free press, and a vibrant civil society.”
“Joined by my NDP colleague, Alexandrine Latendresse, MP for Louis-St-Laurent, we are confident that our first-hand experience meeting with representatives in Ukraine will give us a deeper understanding of the human rights situation in Ukraine. These insights will be invaluable in looking forward, in particular to the upcoming Parliamentary elections in Ukraine this fall.”
“This trip has a special significance for me given the strong presence and contribution of the Ukrainian community in Edmonton, and as a Director of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group.”
The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development will be issuing a report following the official visit to Ukraine and previous witnesses to the committee on the situation in Ukraine. Ms. Duncan will also be posting highlights of her personal observations.
Only PCs and NDP Respond to UCC–APC Questionnaire Posted 4/20/2012 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
(UCC-APC/UkrNews) — Only two parties running in the April 23 Alberta Provincial Election — the Progressive Conservatives and the New Democrats — responded to a questionnaire prepared jointly by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and Ukrainian News on issues affecting the Ukrainian community by the designated deadline of April 10. The questionnaire has been sent out over a week earlier to representatives of all five parties contesting this election — the PCs, the Wildrose Alliance, the Liberals, the NDP and the Alberta Party...
IMMIGRATION: Would your party support the creation of a provincial advisory body on immigration, which would include representatives of Alberta’s ethnic communities?
PC — The province is working actively with the federal government to attract and retain an increasing number of immigrants. We are also working closely with various agencies and community groups across the province to enhance the services offered to our immigrant population. A provincial advisory body on immigration, which would include representatives of Alberta ethnic communities, is something that we may be open for consideration after further exploration...
NDP — Yes. The Alberta NDP supports the principles behind this proposal because it would allow for input from immigrants and other knowledgeable stakeholders. Such improved input could also result in public policies being more effective and relevant. Alberta needs more immigrants to come here and settle, making contributions into the generations to come, as we have seen happen with Ukrainians. The experience and understanding of people in ethnic and cultural communities who have lived the settlement experience in the past is a tremendous resource in the development of good policies in the future. This advisory body could ensure better identification of emerging possibilities and challenges and offer ideas to best address them...
ХРИСТОС ВОСКРЕС! ВОІСТИНУ ВОСКРЕС! Posted 3/30/2012 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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With the arrival of spring and Easter Holidays celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, we can look forward to uplifted spirits and renewing our commitment to living each day using the gifts we have been given. At UCC APC we are also renewing our commitment to our Ukrainian community and the work that so many volunteers undertake daily so that our community remains active and strong. In particular we are working to bring renewed support to our Ukrainian bilingual program and language classes, and ask for your support. Without your children and grandchildren enrolled in this program, we will lose it along with a privileged ability to learn and retain our language and cultural identity within the school system. Please check put website for more information about the school nearest to you.
As we near the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian pioneer settlement in Canada, we as a community have much to be proud of. The hard work and vision of our pioneer families helped pave the way for the incredibly rich and diverse community and society we live in today. UCC APC is already undertaking the first steps to what we believe will be a celebration in 2016-2017 that will once again showcase our vibrant community and in the near future we will be faking for your input as to what thus celebration should look like.
At this time, we also extend to you our warmest Easter greetings so that you and your families celebrate within the embrace of Christian love. We also hope that we can continue to count on your support of our work as we cannot pursue the goals and aspirations of our community without your moral and financial support. On behalf of our board of directors and member organizations, we extend out warmest wishes for a blessed Easter celebration.
Від імені Ради Директорів і складових організацій КУК в Альберті, ми бажаємо Вам благословенних Великодніх Свят і смачної паски!ХРИСТОС ВОСКРЕС - ВОІСТИНУ ВОСКРЕС!
Daria Luciw, President
Дарія Луців, Президент
Taras Shevchenko Concert in Edmonton - March 11 Posted 2/14/2012 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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TARAS SHEVCHENKO CONCERT - presented by the Ukrainian Music Society of Alberta and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Edmonton Branch - “Шевченко й історико-культурна спадщина”. Sunday, March 11, 2012, 2:30PM
General Shukhevych Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex, 9615-153 Avenue, Edmonton.
PREMIER ALISON REDFORD IN ATTENDANCE.
Tickets: Adults $10, Children $5 (12 and under Free)
* Ukrainian Book Store, 10215 - 97 St. 780.422.4255
* Ukrainian Social Services, 11717 - 97 St. 780.471.4477
* Meest, 10834 - 97 St. 780.424.1777
* Orbit, 10219 - 97 St. 780.422.5693.
Also from UCC Edmonton Executive members or at the door.
For information: Luba Boyko-Bell 780.469.4890 | Luba Feduschak 780.464.6480.
Register Your Child for Ukrainian Bilingual Program this September! Posted 2/13/2012 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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In a Ukrainian Bilingual Program your children will enjoy cultural experiences; excel in academic and arts; learn the Ukrainian language; make lifelong friendships! Ukrainian Bilingual students excel through accelerated academic growth and creative thinking; enhanced listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills; community involvement and a respect for cultural diversity; interactive classroom environments that develop a positive attitude toward learning; International study and travel opportunities.
Subjects that may be taught in Ukrainian: Ukrainian Language, Social Studies, Music, Physical Education, Art, Religion. All core subjects taught in English. To register or for more information, contact a school below:
Horton Elementary School 037 48 Ave., Vegreville, AB T9C 1L8, (780) 632-3113; ww.alhorton.ca.
Delwood Elementary School 7315 Delwood Rd., Edmonton, AB T5C 3A9 (780) 476-3969, 476-9866; www.delwood.epsb.ca.
Father Kenneth Kearns Elementary School 8 Sandpiper Dr., Sherwood Park, AB T8A 0B6 , (780) 467-7135; http://fkkschool.eics.ab.ca.
St. Martin Catholic Elementary School 11310 - 51 Ave., Edmonton AB T6H 0L7, (780) 434-4848; www.stmartin.ecsd.net.
St. Matthew Elementary School 8735 132 Ave., Edmonton AB T5E 0X7, (780) 473-6575; www.stmatthew.ecsd.net.
Balwin Junior High School 7055 - 132 Ave., Edmonton AB T5C 2A7, (780) 475-3646; http://balwin.epsb.ca.
Jean Vanier Catholic School 109 Georgian Way, Sherwood Park AB T8A 3K9 , (780) 467-3633; http://jeanvanierschool.eics.ab.ca.
St. Kevin Catholic Junior High School 10005 - 84 St., Edmonton AB T6A 3P8 , (780) 469-8301 ; www.stkevin.ecsd.net.
Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School 2021 Brentwood Blvd., Sherwood Park AB T8A 0X2 , (780) 467-2121 ; archbishopjordan.ab.ca.
Austin O’Brien Catholic High School 6110 - 95 Ave. NW, Edmonton AB T6B 1A5 , (780) 466-3161 ; www.austinobrien.ecsd.net.
LaZerte Composite High School 6804 - 144 Ave., Edmonton AB T5C 3C7 , (780) 408-9800; http://melazerte.com.
Ukrainian Albertans Celebrate Christmas Posted 1/5/2012 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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As the first star appears in the sky tomorrow evening, Ukrainian Canadian families will gather to celebrate the traditional date of Christmas Eve.
“Christmas on January 7 is a centuries old tradition based on the Julian Calendar that is celebrated by not only Ukrainians - the second largest nation following the Calendar - but also many other nations who belong to Orthodox and Eastern rite churches. This tradition plays a very important role in spiritual and cultural lives of Ukrainians around the world, often referred as “Ukrainian Christmas,” states Daria Luciw, President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Alberta Provincial Council. We ready ourselves for Christmas with much ritual, planning the traditional twelve Lenten dishes for Sviata Vecherya (the Christmas Eve Supper) - symbolizing of the twelve Apostles who gathered at the Last Supper. Caroling from home to home, decorating and preparing homes for Christmas celebrations and attending church services are just some traditions followed between now and the Feast of Jordan on January 19. “On behalf of the UCC APC Board, I extend our heartfelt greetings to all Ukrainian Canadians in Alberta and all communities who are celebrating one of the most significant of Christian holy days – the birth Jesus,” wishes Luciw. “Christmas is time to appreciate the many blessings we enjoy and cherish, including our loving families, our sense of Ukrainian community and our Christian faith.”
Христос Раждається! [Khrystos Razhdajetsia!]Christ is Born!
Славіте Його! [Slavite Yoho!] Let Us Glorify Him!
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UCC APC Winter Newsletter On-Line Posted 1/3/2012 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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On behalf of the Board of Directors of Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Alberta Provincial Council, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you - community members and organizations - for your commitment to our Ukrainian Canadian community. Without your dedication to the many organizations, programs and activities we enjoy on a regular basis, our Ukrainian community would not be as rich and vibrant as it is. At the heart of everything we do is the commitment to preserving our heritage, culture and language while sharing this wonderful culture with so many other Canadians. And on behalf of all our Board Members, I also thank you for your generous support of UCC APC. We strive to not only maintain, but grow the many activities we undertake annually, but could not do this without your support. Finally, please accept our warmest wishes for a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Нехай Ви та Ваші рідні насолоджуються теплом цих Свят і нехай 2012 рік принесе радість, любов і добрі миттєвості! Христос Народився! Славіте Його! -- Daria LUCIW, President
Commemoration of the 3rd Anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Act Day in Alberta Posted 11/28/2011 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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On Monday, November 28, 2011, a Special Commemoration Ceremony was held at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta to mark the 3rd Anniversary of the passage of the Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day Act - as sponsored by Hon. Gene Zwozdesky, MLA.
Oh, Canada! and Sche ne vmerla Ukrajiny national anthems of Canada and Ukraine, and Zhuravli song performed by students from St. Martin and St. Matthew Ukrainian Bilingual Schools in Edmonton.
Welcome by the Hon. Ken Kowalski, Speaker of the Legislative Assemly of Alberta, MLA.
Remarks by MLAs Brian Mason, Paul Hinman, Dr. Raj Sherman, Gene Zwozdesky, Doug Horner (on behalf of Premier Alison Redford) as well as Holodomor 1932-33 Survivor Leonid Korownyk, "Vasyl' Stus" Kyiv Memorial Society President Roman Krutsyk, UCC-Edmonton President Luba Feduschak (on behalf of UCC-APC President Daria Luciw).
Candle lighting and minute of silence.
Hosted by the Hon. Ken Kowalski, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in cooperation with the UCC-Alberta Provincial Council, League of Ukrainian Canadians, and League of Ukrainian Canadian Women.
Boris Radyo's Address to the Assembly. The 78th Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Holodomor 1932-33 in Ukraine. November 26, 2011 at Edmonton City Hall, Alberta Posted 11/26/2011 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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"..... Ukraine prior to 1932, had the highest birthrate in Europe and a natural population increase of some 800,000 per year, also the highest in Europe. It was this success as a nation that posed the single greatest threat to the Russian Soviet goal of dictatorial control from Moscow and the russification of Ukrainian society. The first attack was on Ukrainian intellectuals, artists and writers. Between 1926 and 1933, hundreds of thousands of teachers, writers, artists, and political leaders were executed, imprisoned or exiled. In 1931 alone, more than 51,000 members of the intelligentsia were exiled to Siberia.The second attack was against the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Between 1926 and 1932, Metropolitan Lypkivsky and 10,000 Ukrainian Orthodox clergy were executed. Essentially, by 1932, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Ukraine was eliminated. The third part of this genocide was aimed at the Ukrainian peasants, the heart of Ukrainian identity - the folklore, the music, the Ukrainian language and literature, the kobzari. A law passed in Moscow declared all food in Ukraine a state asset. In the fall of 1932, 112,000 Russian Soviet soldiers and NKVD secret police entered Ukraine and sealed her borders denying the victims of the upcoming famine the opportunity to search for food. All food and seed grain was removed from targeted areas and one third of all Ukrainian villages were blacklisted. These were the most uncooperative villages, the ones that most resisted forced collectivization and the removal of food. Their fate was to be surrounded by soldiers and police. Anyone who tried to leave these villages was shot....."
--- Boris Radio, Assistant Superintendent, Edmonton Catholic Schools
Photo - Serhiy Kostyuk.Dr. Hornjatkewych plays and sings a lament in memory of the kobzari. A lament, a song of grief, that describes that day in about 1935 when hundreds of kobzari gathered outside of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s capital city, under the guise of a kobzar’s convention. The kobzari were all executed, their bodies thrown into a pit and forgotten.
3rd Anniversary of the passage of the Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day Act Posted 11/22/2011 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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Everyone is welcome to attend the Special Commemoration Ceremonyat the Legislature to mark the 3rd Anniversary of the passage of the Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day Act in Alberta - as sponsored by Hon. Gene Zwozdesky.
Monday, November 28, 2011 12:00 noon Legislative Assembly of Alberta
10800 - 97 Avenue, Edmonton, AB
Oh, Canada! and Sche ne vmerla Ukrajiny national anthems of Canada and Ukraine, and Zhuravli song will be performed by students from St. Martin and St. Mathew Ukrainian Bilingual Schools in Edmonton. Commemorative speeches.
Hosted by the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in cooperation with the UCC-Alberta Provincial Council and League of Ukrainian Canadians
EDMONTON - The Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Alberta Provincial Council (UCC-APC), announced the details for this years’ annual Hetman Award Banquet and Gala earlier this week.
“As part of the commemoration of a 120 years of Ukrainian settlement in Canada, we are honoured to present this year’s UCC-APC Hetman Award to Alberta’s first Premier of Ukrainian descent, the Honorable Ed Stelmach and his wife Marie Stelmach as exemplary volunteers and proud Ukrainian Albertans”, says UCC-APC President Daria Luciw. “We are proud of the contributions our community has made to our province and our country over the past 120 years in all sectors of society. This event will commemorate this history and honour contributions to the sphere of politics by the former Premier, Ed Stelmach, as well as the dedicated volunteer activities of Marie Stelmach.”
The 2011 Hetman Banquet will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at the Meridian Banquet and Conference Centre (4810 - 76 Avenue, Edmonton, AB). The reception starts at 5:00 pm, dinner and event program at 6:00 pm. The evening will include entertainment by local artists paying tribute to the first Ukrainian settlers in Alberta and the legacy they brought to our province and to Canada, traditional Ukrainian dishes, and the Hetman Award presentation.
Please join us for this historic occasion! Tickets are $100, tables of 8 available and they can be purchased and ordered through the UCC APC office. For further details please contact us at 780-414-1624.
We look forward to celebrating 120 years of history and honouring an Alberta couple we are so proud of.
Media enquiries and requests for Ukrainian Canadian settlement history may be directed to:
Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Alberta Provinical Council
# 8, 8103-127 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5C 1R9
“Ukrainian Roots – Alberta Pride”
UCC-APC Annual General Meeting, November 18, 2011 Posted 10/4/2011 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
The AGM of the UCC-APC will take place on Friday, November 18, 2011 at the Ukrainian Youth Complex named after General Roman Shukhevych, in the conference room (9615 - 153 Avenue, Edmonton). Registration will commence at 6:30 p.m. and the AGM will start at 7:00 p.m.
Щиро дякуємо Вам за підтримку і волонтерську працю для розвитку української громади Альберти й запрошуємо на Річні Збори нашої організації 18 жовтня 2011 р. в Українському Домі ім. генерала УПА Романа Шухевича, 9615-153 Авеню, Едмонтон.
Support Relocation of the Stelmach Family Homestead Home! Posted 10/3/2011 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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On Ukrainian Day 2011, August 7, UCC-APC was pleased to announce the original home of the Stelmach family will be permanently relocated to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. UCC-APC has committed to financially support the moving, foundation and restoration of this Stelmach home as part of the 120th anniversary of Ukrainian Settlement in Canada celebratory and commemorative activities. We hope to complete this project by Ukrainian Day August 2012. To achieve this commitment, your financial contributions are encouraged. With you, our friends, families and supporters making timely donations, visiting the Stelmach home on Ukrainian Day 2012 will be a reality. You ask, "How can I help?”
Making a one time donation
Sending in post dated cheques
Pledging a given amount and paying it over 6 months or?
Having a fundraiser in your community for this project
Mail your donation, pledge or cheques to: UCC-APC, Suite 8, 8103 - 127 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5C 1R9 or donate by your Visa or Mastercard by calling 780.414.1624.
Your support of this history making project is greatly appreciated! Щиро дякуємо за Вашу підтримку!
PS. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations.
Albertans Sponsor the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Conference Posted 10/2/2011 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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To honour the 20th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence, the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy held an international conference on October 7-8, 2011 to examine why and howuniversities in Ukraine must becomeautonomous centres in the development of civil society, promotingfreedom of speech and freedom to research and teach,without the Ministry’s direct control. Click to view the Program.
On August 31, the UCC-APC passed a motion to request contribution to sponsor the NaUKMA conference “Roads to Freedom”.The following organizations and individuals from Edmonton, Alberta assisted the university in covering its costs for this event:
Alberta Provincial Executive of Ukrainian Women's Association of Canada
Ukrainian Foundation for College Education
Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada - Edmonton Eparchy
James and Sylvia GRAY
Roman and Marusia PETRYSHYN
Stephan and Maria ROMANIUK.
Cheques were forwarded by the UCC-APC to NaUKMA through the Canada Ukraine Foundation.Thank you for your support!
Prisoners of Prejudice Slide Show Posted 10/1/2011 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
Canada’s First National Internment Operations 1914-1920
Between 1914 and 1920, thousands of Ukrainians and other Europeans were imprisoned as “enemy aliens” in 24 internment camps located across Canada. These prisoners, part of Canada’s first national internment operations, came to the Dominion as peaceful immigrants desirous of becoming law-abiding Canadian citizens. Deprived of their freedom, and disenfranchised, many internees lost their personal wealth and were forced to do heavy labour on federal government projects.
Since 1985, organizations within the Ukrainian-Canadian community worked diligently in seeking official acknowledgement for this internment. These organizations assisted in conducting a campaign to reveal moral, legal, and political obligations in redressing the historical wrongdoings. In November 2005, the Internment of Persons of Ukrainian Origin Recognition Act, was passed, obliging the Government of Canada to negotiate “an agreement concerning measures that may be taken to recognize the internment” for educational and commemorative projects.
The enactment initiated negotiation work with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko. In addition, a Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund was established which funds projects commemorating the thousands of Ukrainians and other Europeans who suffered a suspension of their civil liberties and freedoms between 1914-1920.
The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is the site of the only internment camp monument in Northern Alberta (on the photo). Installed on August 11, 2002, the plaque commemorates this tragic episode in Canadian history.
UCC-APC Greetings on the 20th Anniversary of Ukraine's Independence Posted 8/22/2011 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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On behalf of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Alberta Provincial Council and all its member organizations, we extend our warm greetings to Alberta’s Ukrainian community on the celebratory occasion of the 20th Anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence.
It was twenty years ago that people of Ukraine, with genuine support from international communities, including that from Ukrainian Canadians, finally overcame the oppression of the Soviet Union and emerged as a free, independent, and sovereign nation.
With all of Ukraine’s accomplishments over the past 20 years, the nation still has many challenges to overcome in order to guarantee the same democratic and economic freedoms for its citizens as we enjoy in Canada. Albertans of Ukrainian descent and our organized community are ready to assist in the further development of a democratic and civil society in Ukraine.
Alberta Premier The Honorable Ed Stelmach Attends Ukrainian Day 2011 Posted 8/9/2011 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
Прем'єр Ед Стельмах: "Ми святкуємо нині 120 років поселення українців у Канаді..." Alberta Premier The Honoable Ed Stelmach: "It reminds me of how really lucky I am to have grandparents, both on my mother's and father's side, to choose this part of Alberta and to settle here, and to give me this opportunity..."
The Honorable Allen Sulatycky's Speech at Ukrainian Day 2011 Posted 8/8/2011 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
Celebrate All Things Ukrainian! August 7 - Ukrainian Day 2011 Posted 7/28/2011 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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The Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Alberta Provincial Council, partnering with the Ukrainian Culutral Heritage Village, invites everyone to attend the annual Ukrainian Day Festival at the Ukrainian Village on Sunday August 7, and celebrate all things Ukrainian! This years' theme of ''Kanada-Ukraina 120: Groundbreakers-Nation-Builders-Trailblazers'' will be in celebration of the 120th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada, and will set the tone of the event reflecting both the cultural history and current reality of Alberta's Ukrainian Canadian Community. UCC-APC is also honoured to announce that the Honourable Premier Ed Stelmach, the first Alberta Premier of Ukrainian ancestry, will attend this year's Ukrainian Day as a special guest. Other federal, provincial, and municipal representatives will also be in attendance...
VIEW the Ukrainian Day 2011 SPECIAL e-BULLETIN: Partners; Sponsors; Volunteers; MC and performers bio; Booklet advertisers; Schedule of Day's Events; Luchkovich Award Recipient, Media Release .... and more!
Member Organization Community Events, Activities and Announcements
Easter Yarmarok at Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex March 16, 17 Posted 3/16/2013 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
You are invited to Easter Yarmarok at Ukrainian Youth Unity Hall March16, and March 17, 2013
See poster for details.
Genocide Revealed Multi-Award Winning Documentary. Edmonton Premiere Posted 8/26/2011 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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The Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Alberta Provincial Council andthe Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Edmonton Branch invite you to the Edmonton Premiere of the Multi-Award Winning Documentary GENOCIDE REVEALED
Famine-Genocide 1932-33 in Ukraine
Yurij Luhovy - Producer/Director
Narrator - Graham Greene
Voice-Over - Lubomir Mykytiuk & Jill Hennessy
Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 7:00 PM
Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex
9615 - 153 Avenue, Edmonton, AB
The Director will be present
Adults $15. / Students $10.
PROCEEDS DESIGNATED TOWARDS THE EDUCATIONAL VERSION OF THE FILM
The film is under the patronage of the Ukrainian World Congress
Web site: www.yluhovy.com
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Ukraine: Prospects for Emerging from Crisis by Mr. Mykola Yakovyna (Ukraine). Edmonton, March 16 Posted 3/5/2012 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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Oleh Olzhych Foundation of Canada and Ukrainian National Federation of Canada Present Mr. Mykola Yakovyna (Ukraine) on A speaking Tour of Canada...
You Are Invited to Delwood School's Kindergarten/Gr. 1 Open Houses! Posted 2/16/2012 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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Featuring the UKRAINIAN INTERNATIONAL BILINGUAL PROGRAM
February 28, 2012 - 9:00 am & March 15, 2012 - 6:30 pm
7315 Delwood Road (134 Ave – 72 St)
476-3969 or 476-9866 476-9866 This program has proven to provide:
Small class sizes - Canadian Council on Learning, research study shows small classes in the early grades generates substantial advantages for students…[which] continue throughout the youngster’s school career.
Shared values, morals and leadership – Children in the program become a part of a community supported by culture, language and family.
Better Grades – Children in the Ukrainian program, Kindergarten to Gr. 12, achieve the highest of their potential; statistics have shown.
Bilingual: Not Immersion; Bilingual students receive up to 50% in elementary, core subjects are basically in English. In Kindergarten, Ukrainian is initiated through songs, alphabet, and counting along with basic classroom directives such as line up and sit down; focus for Non Speaking Families.
Free Bussing: All Kindergarten students receive free bussing; K- 12 transportation (fuel & bus) subsidies.
Learn more by contacting Delwood School at 476-3969 or 476-9866 for added information.
A perfect opportunity to teach your child about their culture, heritage and roots, along with obtaining a second language; all in one!
FEAST OF JORDAN Posted 12/21/2011 by email@example.com (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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Feast of Jordan
Thursday, January 19, 2012
10am - 2 PM
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village Only 25 minutes east of
Edmonton on Hwy 16
UCC-APC held the 2011 Hetman Award Banquet Posted 11/20/2011 by firstname.lastname@example.org (UCC-APC) on www.uccab.ca
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The UCC-APC held this years’ annual Hetman Award Banquet and Gala at the Meridian Banquet and Conference Centre on November 20, 2011.
“As part of the commemoration of a 120 years of Ukrainian settlement in Canada, we were honoured to present this year’s UCC-APC Hetman Award to Alberta’s first Premier of Ukrainian descent, the Honorable Ed Stelmach and his wife Marie Stelmach as exemplary volunteers and proud Ukrainian Albertans”, says UCC-APC President Daria Luciw. “We are proud of the contributions our community has made to our province and our country over the past 120 years in all sectors of society." The evening also included National Youth Leadership Award presentation to Edmontonian Katrina Baziuk, greetings from the UCC-APC President, MLA Janice Sarich (on behalf of the Government of Alberta), Bishop David Motiuk (Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton), entertainment by local AXIOS Choir and Volya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble paying tribute to the first Ukrainian settlers in Alberta and the legacy they brought to our province and to Canada, traditional Ukrainian dishes.
--- Read a full story in the Ukrainian News, Nov 24-Dec 7, 2011 Vol. LXXXIV. No. 23.Photo - Marco Levytsky
2012 Annual Hetman Awards Banquet & Gala
Ukrainian Youth Complex
9615 - 153 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta
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Last chance to advertise in this year's Ukrainian Day Program Booklet! Support the Ukrainian community! The extended advertisement submission deadline is Thursday, July 7, 2011. Download the Festival Program booklet advertisement order form:Word | PDF
The Legislative Assembly of Alberta's tribute to Premier Ed Stelmachdelivered by Hon. Iris Evans, International and Intergovernmental Relations and MLA for Sherwood Park, May 12, 2011."...Premier is very proud of his roots as a grandson of Ukrainian immigrants... there is no time here to put into words what Premier has done to Alberta. He did not seek applause or accolades, he just worked to make Alberta better…”
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The Ukrainian Bilingual Programs in Alberta will provide your children with opportunities to enjoy cultural experiences, excel in academics and arts, learn the Ukrainian language and make lifelong friendships. Subjects that may be taught in Ukrainian: Ukrainian Language Arts, Social Studies, Music, Physical Education, Art, Religion. All core subjects in English. Follow on Facebook or on Twitter (@UkrBilingualAB).
In partnership with: UCC-Alberta Provincial Council, Edmonton Catholic Schools Ukrainian Bilingual Parent Advisory Society, Edmonton Public Schools Ukrainian Bilingual Association of Alberta, Sherwood Park Ukrainian Bilingual Program's Bilingual Ukrainian Catholic Parent Society. Ukrainians have only been in the Province for 120 years, but they've left an indelible impression.
Step into a time machine in this Hidden Gem and visit the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village - Alberta Prime Time Story (video).
UCC-APC encourages post-secondary students to volunteer for the UCC-APC and our community organizations through Alberta’s new Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP). The Program will allow students to build their skills while they share them with organizations and award Alberta students a $1,000 bursary for completing an internship with one of the province’s nonprofi organizations. The SCiP is open to post-secondary students enrolled in any certificate, diploma, undergraduate, graduate or PhD program at one of Alberta’s 26 publicly funded post-secondary institutions. The SCiP will be accepted applications in the fall. Please check back www.joinscip.ca for more details! Commemorating the 120th Anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada On May 23, 2011 at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village was an installation ceremony of a replica homestead marker to honor descendants of the earliest Ukrainian settlers from Nebyliv village, who travelled in 1891 and 1892 to what is now Alberta. The ceremony marked the kick-off of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress’ one-year celebration of the 120th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada. UCC National Media Release Photo by Serhiy KOSTYUK - Guests of the ceremony at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village in Alberta
120th Anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada logo unveiling
Ggreetings from UCC APC President and UCC National Vice President Daria Luciw Всечесні Отцi,
Представники родин Паішів,
Пилипових і Тичковських,
Панe Аллред, Пані та панове!
Ladies and Gentlemen!
On behalf of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress in Canada and our national president Paul Grod, and as President of the Congress in Alberta, I am very honoured to be here today bringing greetings at such a historic occasion. And how appropriate that we are at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village – a provincial historic site envisioned by a local Ukrainian farmer who donated this land to the Province of Alberta for a permanent site reflecting the early life of Ukrainian pioneers in east-central Alberta.
Today we are honouring the first families who arrived in a cold, rugged and unwelcoming Canada – families who dreamed of a better life for themselves and a brighter future for their children. They came to this country which sought out these hard working people from Western Ukraine, and despite unimaginable physical, mental and emotional hardships, they cleared forests, tilled the soil, built churches and raised families. Ultimately, these Ukrainian immigrants did exactly what Sir Clifford Sifton has envisioned – they populated and developed the wild Canadian west, and they did so successfully. Along the way however, Ukrainian Canadians experienced many obstacles including very public racism and discrimination, and the internment of Ukrainian Canadians during and after WWI. Some chose to change their last names and either ‘forget’ their lineage or become ‘closet’ Ukrainians, as the public ridicule was difficult to bear. What most did not know is that perseverance, resilience and sheer tenacity is in our genes, as Ukrainians have survived and overcome centuries of persecution, only to rise on top. Today it is interesting to note that many of the slurs and negativity thrown at the first waves of Ukrainians arriving in Canada are unimaginable as we look at Ukrainian Canadians in today’s society. Proud Ukrainians fill the ranks of every profession. Many Ukrainian Canadians have died for this country and have been awarded the highest medals of service and bravery. Names like Yuzyk, Andreychuk, Romanow, Hnatyshyn, and Stelmach have adorned some of the highest offices in our country. Many highly successful Canadian fashion designers are of Ukrainian heritage. People of all ethnicities enjoy our cuisine and attend concerts presented by the many successful dance troupes which populate this country. And low and behold – garlic is sought out as a healthy, holistic addition in everyone’s diets - there are even garlic festivals!
How times have changed.
While we enjoy achievements of the past 120 years, we cannot do so without remembering and thanking those first pioneers who had the vision of a better life and the strength to retain their language, culture and history in a new land and pass this on to subsequent generations. We are now the keepers of this knowledge in our adopted homeland. It is up to us to honour those who gave so much and respect and retain the legacy of their hardwork, their love of our Ukrainian culture and love of this bountiful land – Canada.
Easter Greetings from the UCC-APC President Daria Luciw Easter is a very special time of year filled with beautiful traditions and rejuvenation of our spirit and intentions. Friends and family gather to share the hope and joy of all which Easter signifies. We wish you an Easter filled with your favorite traditions and happy new memories, but most of all, an Easter that renews your faith, uplifts your spirit, and fills your heart with joy! Christ in Risen!
Великоднє привітання Президента КУК-ПРА Дарії Луців Великдень несе нам радість перемоги Сина Божого, дарує надію та впевненість у завтрашньому дні, поселяє спокій у серцях, укріпляє віру та живить душу. Тож нехай Божа милість та благословення оросять ваше життя, а мир, любов та злагода запанують у Вашій оселі. Зичимо Вам гарного настрою, відмінного здоров'я, сімейного затишку, незмінного успіху та здійснення усіх задумів! Христос Воскрес!
Ukrainian community representatives metwith Edmonton area Ministers and MLAs (UCC-APC Spring Newsletter, April, 2011, p.2, Ukrainian News newspaper, April 12-27, 2011, p.11) On March 22, 2011, at Government House, Edmonton area Ministers and MLAs met with ethnic community representatives including 45 members of the Ukrainian community. The Hon. Dave Hancock, Minister of Education, initiated the meeting along with Hon. Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Service Alberta, Hon. Thomas Lukaszuk, Minister of Employment and Immigration, Hon. Gene Zwozdesky, Minister of Health and Wellness. MLA’s who also took part were Naresh Bhardwaj, Doug Elniski, and Janice Sarich. The purpose of this meeting was to receive input from the community about our vision for Edmonton in the 21st century and to help foster innovative ideas to keep this city moving forward from the perspective of the many communities which contribute to a prosperous municipality. This was one in a series of meetings in which the Government asked different communities and sectors to share their unique perspectives about the capital city and the province. The Ukrainian community was very grateful for this opportunity to share our thoughts, vision and ideas. Based on preliminary meetings within the Ukrainian community, led by the UCC-Alberta Provincial Council and President Daria Luciw, representatives presented the following important issues to the attention of the Edmonton caucus: (a) Awareness of the 120th and 125th anniversaries of Ukrainian settlement in Canada; (b) Canadian Museum of Human Rights - the need for a permanent and prominent Holodomor gallery; (c) Alberta Immigration Nominee Program - raised effective aspects of the program as well as issues which need to be addressed; (d) Canada-Ukraine Youth Mobility Program - future provincial participation in this program; (e) Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village - the need to maintain authenticity and support for the original vision of this site; (f) Ukrainian Language and Cultural Education - the impact on our community and ideas for future development of a Community Language grant program; (g) Ukrainian Canadian Archives and Museum of Alberta - the positive impact of this project on Edmonton
and ongoing funding concerns.
Our community presentations were well received and the ideas and actions requested of the Provincial Government by Ukrainian Albertans were both acknowledged and documented. Governmental officials in attendance have committed to follow-up on issues discussed. UCC APC will also continue to communicate with the government and move these issues forward. As an umbrella organization representing 330,000 Albertans of Ukrainian descent before the Government of Alberta, the UCC-APC would like to thank all the community and government representatives for their time and input which contributed to a very successful meeting. Photos - Serhiy Kostyuk. More available from the UCC-APC Facebook page Apr 26, 1986 - The Chornobyl Catastrophe: 25 Years Ago. We remember ... [The Atlantic photos][Magnum photos] Statement by Ukrainian Canadian Congress National President on the 25th Anniversary of the Chornobyl Nuclear Disaster Chornobyl
Commemoration at Edmonton City Hall, 1 Churchill Square - organized by the UCC-Edmonton BranchTuesday, April 26, 2011 - Commemoration at Edmonton City Hall, 1 Churchill Square - organized by the UCC-Edmonton Branch If you cannot attend, you can listen a live broadcast of the Chornobyl commemorative event at Edmonton City Hall on Tuesday, April 26th at 101.7 World FM Radio,www.worldfm.ca
CANADIAN MUSEUM FOR HUMAN RIGHTS:
Apr 14 - Ukrainian Canadian Congress Responds to Malicious Allegations by "International Scholars". The Ukrainian Canadian Congress has called for an inclusive and equitable Museum that would include both Holocaust and Holodomor galleries. We are surprised by the "Open Letter on the UCCLA, UCC, and the CMHR" dated April 12, 2011 signed by a group of academics and writers (most of whom are from outside of Canada) for their criticism of UCC's position on the Museum. Their assertion is first and foremost inaccurate. The UCC has never campaigned against a Holocaust gallery in the Museum. We expect that any academic would first review the public statements of the UCC before signing onto a letter intended to defame the reputation of the UCC and its leadership...>>>>>
February 1, 2011 - Petition for equity and fairness at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights -download in PDF - download in Word
Please sign and return to the UCC-APC office (in person or via regular mail, 8, 8103 - 127 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5C 1R9)
February 5, 2011 - Remarks by UCC-APC President Daria LUCIW at the Ukrainian Canadian Social Services Appreciation Night
Photo by S.Kostyuk - UCC-APC President Daria Luciw and UCSS President Bill Diachuk at the UCSS Banquet, Ukrainian Youth Complex, Edmonton, Feb. 8, 2011
I am honoured to bring greetings on behalf of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Alberta Provincial Council. This is particularly special because this evening we are welcoming new individuals and families not only to Edmonton, Alberta and Canada, but to a very active and proud Ukrainian community. Before I say a few words to our special guests and new families here tonight, on behalf of our entire Board of Directors, and all of us gathered this evening, I would like to recognize the tremendous work of Mr. Bill Diachuk. As he mentioned he is going to become past president of Ukrainian Canadian Social Services, but his legacy will live on. He has been very dedicated, hard working and caring in his work with the organization and we wish him all the best as he takes more time for his wife and family.
At this time, I would like to ask those who do not understand Ukrainian to please indulge me as I would like to say a few words in Ukrainian to our new families – to encourage them to be involved and active participants in society and our own community.
Дорогі гості та нові Канадці! В імені Конгресу Українців Канади в Альберті, мені надзвичайно приємно Вас вітати в Едмонтоні. Ми дуже щасливі за те що Ви вибрали наше місто та нашу провінцію щоби почати цей новий етап у вашому житті. Ми маємо надзвичайну українську громаду яку заснували наші предки 120 років тому. Задля їхньої тяжкої роботи та присвячення до українськоі мови, культури, і до самої України, ми сьогодні можемо вас підтримати і допомагати через Українську суспільну службу, КУК та інші організації. Я голова Конґресу Українців Канади в Альберті, організація яка представляє нашу громаду перед урядом та є голосом громади коли маємо важливі події або акції. При ці нагоді, я хочу Вас всіх запросити та заохотити до активної участи в нашій українські громаді. Хоч ми, як українці в Канаді, виросли в цілком інших обставинах, я вірю що між нами є і буде багато спільного. Чому це важливо щоби Ви були активні діячі в наші громаді? Я маю пару прикладів. Коли ми вважали що Канада повина визнавати сувернність України, це потрбувало голосу українців в Канаді, наших організації та Конґресу Українців Канади. А коли хотіли, щоби провінційний уряд визнав Голодом ґеноцидом, це також вимагало сили присвячених членів нашої громади і підтримки нас усіх.
Є багато прикладів де новоприбулі допомагають або підтримають нашу громаду - Сергій Костюк працює в КУКу, Юлія Корженна - наш волонтер, українські садочки мають добрих учителів з України, Люба та Федір Ціцар є власниками крамниці “Орбіт” - це лише декілька прикладів але є багато інших. Ніколи не бракує місце для нас усіх! “В єдності наша сила”, це гасло Конґресу Українців Канади яке виразно нас кличе до співпраці. Просимо Вас бути в єднані з нами, хочемо чути Ваші ідеї, думки та протреби, щоби наша громада і далі розвивалась на славу наших предків і на славу України і Канади.
Дякую і ласкаво прошу!
Photo by Marco Levytsky - 2007 Ukrainian Day Festival. UCC-APC President Daria Luciw, Premier Ed Stelmach, City of Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel and Minister Gene Zwozdesky
January 17, 2011 - Nominate an Outstanding Edmontonian from the Ukrainian community for the City of Edmonton Hall of Fame! Salute to Excellence honours individuals and groups since 1951. Deadline: February 22, 2011. For more info and nomination forms: tel: 780-496-7380,www.edmonton.ca/salute
The UCC-APC office has Ukrainian community petition cards to:
1.The Hon. James Moore, MP, Minister of Canadian Heritage (the content of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights); 2.President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych (to publicly recognize the Holodomor 1932-33 as an act if genocide against the Ukrainian people). If you support these appeals, please stop by the office Mo-Fr 9:00-16:30 to sign the cards! Tel: (780) 414-1624 November 8, 2010 - UCC-APC CO-HOSTED CONGRESS XXIII On behalf of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Alberta Provincial Council, we wish to thank all volunteers, sponsors and delegates for their support in making Congress XXIII a success! It was the first time in 70 years that this gathering of the leadership of the Ukrainian Canadian community was held in Edmonton. Hosted by the UCC National and APC, Congress XXIII provided three full days of networking, policy forums, exhibits and awards. The delegates elected the leadership of the Ukrainian Canadian community for the next 3 years, as well as marked the 70th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the upcoming 120 anniversary of Ukrainians in Canada. Congress XXIII featured engaging speakers - Paul Grod, James Temerty, Dr. Volodymyr Viatrovych (Ukraine), Dr. Lyubomyr Luciuk, Minister Gene Zwozdesky, MLA Genia Lesiw, Dr. Olena Bilash, Ambassadors Derek Fraser, Daniel Caron, Yuri Scherbak and Ihor Ostash and many others, thought-provoking sessions, and a strong youth delegation. The Program can be found at: http://congress.ucc.ca; for Congress resolutions, media releases, multimedia etc. please visit http://www.ucc.ca. Daria Luciw, President
UCC National President Paul Grod welcomes delegates. Government Relations Session - Dr. Luciuk, Taras Zalusky, Genia Leskiw, MLA, Andriy Hladyshevsky
UCC-APC President thanks Dr. Olena Bilash for her presentation. Special Guests from Ivano-Frankivsk oblast of Ukraine - "Hutsulochky"
Shevchenko Foundation President Andriy Hladyshevsky presents the foundation's report
Minister Gene Zwozdesky addresses delegates. Engaging Ukraine Session - Volodymyr Viatrovych, Paul Grod Volya Dancers entertain guests. Bilingual Education Session - Taras Podilsky, Daria Darewych, Vodko Boychuk, Nadia Prokopchuk
UCC Shevchenko Medal (Education)
- Dr. Manoly Lupul - Ambasaador Daniel Caron, Paul Grod, Daria Luciw, Senator Raynell Andreychuk. James Temerty's presentation
UCC Youth Leadership Award - Adriana Luhovy - Ambasaador Daniel Caron, Paul Grod, Daria Luciw, Senator Raynell Andreychuk, Ambassador Ihor Ostash
Delegates of the Congress XXIII in Edmonton, AB All photos by Serhiy Kostyuk
June 14, 2010 - It is with much sadness that the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Alberta Provincial Council must share the news of the sudden passing of Mr. Dave Broda. Former UCC-APC President, and a former Member of the Legislative Assembly in Alberta, Dave was a dedicated volunteer in our community. His wisdom, guidance and good nature will be very much missed by us all.
On behalf of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Alberta Provincial Council, our Board of Directors and member organizations, we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dave Broda. Dave will be remembered as a great Albertan and Ukrainian Canadian who loved this province and his Ukrainian heritage. He served his constituents and community honourably. He was a strong team player, an excellent communicator and problem-solver. His commitment to local communities and councils showed time and time again his dedication and passion towards his endeavours. Vichnaya Pam'yat. Вічна Йому пам'ять. Daria Luciw, UCC-APC President
Apr 19 - UCC-APC Board of Directors Member, UCSS President, former MLA and Minister Mr. Bill DIACHUK was introduced to members and guests of the Alberta Assembly as a Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award recipient during the National Volunteer Week. This award recognizes extraordinary Albertans whose volunteer achievements have contributed to the well being of their community (from Alberta Hansard, April 19, 2010, p.805). The UCC-APC Executive, the Board of Directors and staff salute Bill!
April 12, Edmonton -The UCC-APC Letter of Support addressed to the Canadian Polish Congress of Alberta (Jaroslaw Nowinka, President, Teresa Szlamp-Fryga, Past President)
On behalf of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress in Alberta and our entire Ukrainian community, we wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the people of Poland, Polish Canadians and the local Polish community, on the loss of Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski and the First Lady Maria Kaczynska, who died in the tragic plane crash in western Russia. We also wish to express condolences to the friends and families of the other passengers who died in this terrible accident. President Kaczynski was respected by Ukrainians for his dedication in fighting for the freedom of Poland and for the many sacrifices he made as part of the Solidarity movement. We were honoured to take part in the candlelight vigil on Sunday evening where several members of our Board of Directors and Ukrainian community added our prayers at this difficult time. This is a tragedy that cannot be put into words but we will honour their memories. Wieczny dpoczynek racz im dać Panie. Sincerely, Daria Luciw, UCC-APC President.
Photo: Taras Shevchenko portrait on the stage of the Ukrainian Youth Complex in Edmonton, during Shevchenko concert, Mar. 7, 2010
Mar 11 - XXIII CONGRESS OF UKRAINIAN CANADIANS. UCC 70th ANNIVERSARY. 5-7 November 2010, Edmonton, AB, Westin Hotel Winnipeg, Canada - The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) is pleased to announce that the 23rd Triennial Congress of Ukrainian Canadians will be held in Edmonton, Alberta from November 5-7, 2010. It is the first time this gathering of the leadership of the Ukrainian Canadian community will be held outside Winnipeg, MB. This event will also mark the 70th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and 120 years of settlement of Ukrainians in Canada. We encourage you to make plans now to attend what will be one of the most impactful and celebratory Congresses yet. Hosted by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress National and Alberta Provincial Council, the 2010 Triennial Congress will provide three full days of networking, policy forums, exhibits and awards. Most importantly we will be electing the leadership of the Ukrainian Canadian community for the next 3 years and setting its direction for many more. An official program along with hotel reservation information will follow shortly. When planning your trip to Edmonton, don't forget to add some extra time to visit some of the many Ukrainian Canadian sites and community gems. More details will also be forthcoming including the program and registration information. For additional information please contact: UCC National by email firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 204-942-4627 or visit us at www.ucc.ca | www.uccab.ca. UCC Media Contact: Darla Penner, 204-942-4627, email@example.com.
Feb. 11 - Full text of the UCC-APC Letter submitted to the Editor of the Edmonton Journal. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Alberta Provincial Council (UCC-APC) is stunned by the inaccurate column and editor-assigned heading to D. Marples’ article Feb .7..."Hero of Ukraine linked to Jewish killings; Honorary title sure to provoke divisions among Ukrainians today". We raise two critical points in this regard.
Our first criticism is towards the highly inflammatory heading assigned to this column, a heading, which is reminiscent of articles written in Alberta papers a century ago, which discriminated against various ethnic groups. Today, some 110 years later our office is receiving calls from respected individuals in Alberta society who are being harassed at work as a result of an inaccurate, inappropriate and sensational headline and column. Furthermore it is important to inform your readers of the change made to this column on the Edmonton Journal website as of Feb. 10. Today it reads "Yushchenko erred in honouring Bandera; Honorary title may provoke divisions among Ukrainians today". Our second critical point focuses on the misleading content of D. Marples' column, the content of which has been corrected by many letters to the Edmonton Journal, some which were published and many which were not. The superficial remarks and innuendo throughout this column do not reflect the purpose or conduct of Stepan Bandera or the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists. Regrettably, even with the change of the tone of the column online, the damage has been done. We urge the Edmonton Journal to allow space for a balanced and accurate article on this topic. Respectfully, UCC-APC President Daria Luciw
Ukraine House in Vancouver 2010 - under the patronage of the Embassy of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and Canadian Friends of the Ukrainian National Olympic Committee, opened at the Ukrainian Catholic Centre, 3150 Ash Street in Vancouver, BC. For more information: UCC National website, Ukraine House website. 17 січня 2010 р. - Вибори Президента України. На території Канади діють дві закордонні виборчі дільниці: (1) при Посольстві України в Канаді - №40 - Національний столичний округ, провінції: Квебек, Манітоба, Нова Скоша, Нью Брансвік, Ньюфаундленд і Лабрадор, Острів Принца Едварда;
(2) при Генеральному консульстві України в Торонто - №41- провінції Онтаріо (крім Національного столичного округу), Саскачеван, Альберта, Британська Колумбія та території Юкон, Нунавут і Північно-Західні території. Голосування - з 08:00 до 20:00 за Східноканадським часом. Додатково на веб-сайті Посольства України в Канаді.
January 7, 2010 - The Edmonton Journal article "Ukrainian Christmas All About Family, Birth of Christ" by Florence LOYIE (firstname.lastname@example.org) Photo - Larry WONG (the Edmonton Journal) - four generations of a Ukrainian Canadian family sit down to enjoy their 12-course Christmas Eve Supper - Sviata Vecheria - at the home of Audrey UZWYSHYN on January 6, 2010
November 12, 2009 - The UCC-Edmonton Branch sponsored an Awards Dinner at the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex honouring four Albertans. H.E Ambassador Ihor Ostash presented, on behalf of the President of Ukraine, state awards to Hon. Edward Stelmach, Premier of Alberta, Hon. Gene Zwozdesky, Minister of Aboriginal Relations,
Daria Luciw, UCC-APC President, Dr. Zenon Kohut, Director Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, U of A.
PHOTO: Serhiy KOSTYUK
Міжнароднй конкурс з української мови ім. Петра ЯЦИКА - роботи до: 1 березня
Senator Paul YUZYK Award for Multiculturalismnominations deadline: March 1