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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.
(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...
Read all questions and answers >>> Ukrainian News, April 12-25, 2012, p.7-9.
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 - 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.
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 OFFICE CLOSED JANUARY 6, 7, 8, 10.
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
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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.
Photo - Serhiy Kostyuk. More photos from this event available at the UCC-APC Facebook page
"..... 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
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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.
Everyone is welcome to attend the Special Commemoration Ceremony at 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
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
Please visit the Holodomor-Genocide 1932-33 UCC-APC webpage for the Holodomor commemorative events in Alberta during the 2011 Holodomor Remembrance Week.
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”
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.
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?”
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.
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 how universities in Ukraine must become autonomous centres in the development of civil society, promoting freedom 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:
Cheques were forwarded by the UCC-APC to NaUKMA through the Canada Ukraine Foundation. Thank you for your support!
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.
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.
Дарія Луців, Президент
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..."
Since 1986, UCC-Alberta Provincial Council has honoured the individuals with the Michael LUCHKOVICH Award for their significant contribution and dedication to the betterment of all Canadians. This year's recipient - the Hon. Allen SULATYCKY.
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...
Download the MEDIA RELEASE (incl. the Day's Schedule of Events) >>>>
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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!
You are invited to Easter Yarmarok at Ukrainian Youth Unity Hall March16, and March 17, 2013
See poster for details.
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Alberta Provincial Council and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Edmonton Branch invite you to the Edmonton Premiere of the Multi-Award Winning Documentary
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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Oleh Olzhych Foundation of Canada and Ukrainian National Federation of Canada Present Mr. Mykola Yakovyna (Ukraine) on A speaking Tour of Canada...
UKRAINE: PROSPECTS FOR EMERGING FROM CRISIS
See a poster for details
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
Thursday, January 19, 2012
10am - 2 PM
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
Only 25 minutes east of
Edmonton on Hwy 16
Phone: 780 662 3640
Ukrainian Dnipro Ensemble of Edmonton
caroling at the Legislature Rotunda!
December 19, 2011
8:00 – 9:00pm
Come “Celebrate the Season”!
Ukrainian National Federation of Canada and Ukrainian Women's Organization invite all of you to celebrate Ukrainian New Year.
The event will take place on:
Saturday, January 21, 2012
UNF Hall 10629-98 Street Edmonton.
We are proud to present Malanka performance by "Dzerelo" and Suzirya" and dance to the music by "Barvinok"
For more information or tickets call:
The Ukrainian Music Society of Alberta invites you to the Ukrainian Christmas Carol Concert
Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 3:00PM
at St. John's Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
10951-107 Street, Edmonton, AB.
Admission by donation to: "Help Us Help the Children", orphanages in Ukraine.
Hosted by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada Western Eparchy.
Post concert refreshments at St. John's Cultural Centre.
Please see the poster for details.
28 жовтня 2011 р.
* натисніть на постер для додаткової інформації про цю подію
Presented by the Ukrainian Foundation for College Education (UFCE)
Thursday, May 10, 2012
St. John’s Cultural Centre
10611 - 110 Avenue, Edmonton
Cocktails: 5:30 pm, Dinner: 6:45 pm
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. David Atkinson, President, Grant MacEwan University
$85 per person, tax receipts available
For tickets call: Alice Chumer, 780.497-4374 or Larisa Hayduk, 780.497-5494.
Please make cheques payable to UFCE Trust and mail to: #215, 10050 MacDonald Drive, Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 2B7
Thank you for your support!
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
For ticket reservations - (780) 414-1624 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the Hetman Award NOMINATION FORMS
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 met with 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)
MP (Conservative) for Edmonton-Centre Laurie Hawn’s letter to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Hon. James Moore, MP, on the issue regarding the CMHR - video blog
MP (Conservative) for Edmonton-East Peter Golding's post on his personal website titled The Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Canada Ukraine Parliamentary Group Supports Ukrainian Community on the Human Rights Museum. "... the Canada‐Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group endorse that a prominent exhibit of the Holodomor Genocide be part of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights..."
Statement by Joy SMITH, MP for Kildonan-St.Paul on the CMHR
Statements by MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre), MP Gerard Kennedy (Parkdale-High Park), MP Kevin Lamoureux (Winnipeg North), MP Navdeep Bains (Mississauga-Brampton South), MP Bonnie Crombie (Mississauga-Streetsville). On Mar 2, ten more Liberal MPs added their names: Hon. Wayne Easter, P.C., M.P. (Malpeque), Hon. Hedy Fry, P.C., M.P. (Vancouver Centre), Andrew Kania, M.P. (Brampton West), Hon. Jim Karygiannis, P.C., M.P. (Scarborough-Agincourt), Hon. Keith Martin, P.C., M.P. (Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca), Massimo Pacetti, M.P. (Saint-Léonard-Saint-Michel), Hon. Bob Rae, P.C., M.P. (Toronto Centre), Scott Simms, M.P. (Bonavista-Gander-Grand Falls-Windsor), Alan Tonks, M.P. (York South-Weston), and Frank Valeriote, M.P. (Guelph).
Letter by the Ukrainian Women’s Organization of Canada - Edmonton Branch
Canadian Polish Congress Response to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights Final Report
Statement by Leon BENOIT, MP for Vegreville-Wainwright
Letter by Devinder SHORY, MP for Calgary Northeast to Hon. James MOORE
Statement by James BEZAN, MP for Selkirk-Interlake
Feb 8, 2011 - UCC National Release Claims of Inclusiveness by Human Rights Museum Disingenuous. For more info about the CMHR project and the position of the Ukrainian Canadians visit www.ucc.ca
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!
January 25, 2011 - Statement by the UCC following the decision by Ed Stelmach to not seek re-election as Premier of Alberta. "It is with much sadness that we have learned of Premier Stelmach's plans not to seek re-election as premier of Alberta. In addition to having been a lifelong public servant, Premier Stelmach has been a tireless supporter of the Ukrainian Canadian community," stated Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Alberta Provincial Council President Daria Luciw. "A proud Albertan and a tireless champion for the people of this province, Ed Stelmach is highly respected as was shown in his landslide election victory in 2008. I want to thank Ed for his caring, devotion and leadership as premier and wish him well in his future endeavours." Full text
Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach. Text
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
Holodomor Education Session - Valentyna Kuryliw. Newcomer Involvement Session - Serhij Kororliuk, Ivanna Szewczuk, Ihor Gawrachynski (back)
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
Divine Liturgy was held to honor Dave's life on June 21 at Exaltation of the Holy Cross Ukrainian Catholic Church, 9003 - 153 Avenue, Edmonton, AB
UCC-APC Expresses Condolences
Over the Passing of Dave Broda
View the Special UCC-APC Newsletter for the Forum
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.
Mar 9 - Taras SHEVCHENKO (1814-1861) birthday. In Alberta, annual Shevchenko concerts organized by UCC Edmonton Branch and Ukrainian Music Society of Alberta, and UCC-Calgary Branch. Read Serhiy Kostyuk's article (in Ukrainian) for the Ukrainian News about the concert in Edmonton.
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 email@example.com; phone 204-942-4627 or visit us at www.ucc.ca | www.uccab.ca. UCC Media Contact: Darla Penner, 204-942-4627, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
January 28 - The CFRN News (CTV Edmonton) School Zone story - "Toes are Tapping at Two Edmonton Schools" - featured the new Ukrainian Dance Academy of St. Martin and St. Matthew Schools - first and only Program of its kind in Canada.
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 (email@example.com)
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 Multiculturalism nominations deadline: March 1
UCC-APC Community Outreach Worker: April 23
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