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Realities of Human Trafficking: Conference

April 20, 2007 -- Everyday in our communities and abroad, children are exploited for profit. Two Saskatoon-based NGOs are working toward solutions and have teamed together to bring the message forward and work towards a solution. More

Prince Albert Veselka Ukrainian Festival 2007

April 19, 2007 -- The Prince Albert Veselka Festival will take place June 9, 2007 at the P.A. Exhibition Grounds. Details

English classes for immigrants from Ukraine

April 16, 2007 -- The Standing Committee on Immigration of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Saskatoon Branch (UCC-SB) will be providing an information session and taking registrations for ESL (English as a Second Language) classes at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at Bishop James Mahoney High School, 231 Primrose Drive. A social will follow the formal sessions. Details

John Stetch on tonight's Canada Live program on CBC Radio 2

April 16, 2007 -- A performance featuring Canadian jazz pianist John Stetch, grandson of Nation Builder Savella Stechishin, will be aired tonight at around 9 PM local time. Canada Live begins at 8 PM. Details on CBC website

National Volunteer Week April 15-21

National Volunteer Week (NVW), April 15-21, pays special tribute to Canadian volunteers across the country who give of themselves to better their communities and the lives of others. “Volunteers Grow Community” remains the theme for NVW this year.
   Visit the NVW website for information on how to kick-start your own campaign. Submit your event plans online and take a look at what others are doing. Read over the Campaign in a Kit for event ideas, promotional tips and more. This year, Volunteer Canada is offering postcards, posters and a variety of templates to help support efforts to promote volunteerism and celebrate volunteers.

Long-time community leader, education specialist from Saskatchewan passes away

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April 13, 2007 -- On April 5, 2007, community leader, teacher, promoter of multiculturalism, and supporter of educational and charitable causes Sonia Morris passed away in BC at the age of 73. Details

All-expense-paid work experience in Ukraine, May 2007

April 10, 2007 -- The International Student Success Office (ISSO) and the Office for International Cooperation and Development (OICD), through an agreement between the University of Regina and the University of Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, are facilitating a work experience for Canadian (or Permanent Residents) students for 3 to 4 weeks at Ivano-Frankivsk this May 2007. Details

Hafford dance club seeks senior level instructor

April 9, 2007 -- Hafford Cheremka Dance Club is looking for one Ukrainian dance instructor for the 2007-2008 dance season. Applicant must be prepared to instruct our Senior Level Dancers and also be our Lead Instructor to oversee all levels of dance. Dance lessons are to be held Wednesday evenings beginning September 19, 2007. Please apply in writing to: Hafford Cheremka Dance Club, Box 391, Hafford, SK S0J 1A0 or email: tdmarkewich(AT)xplornet.com or fax: 306-246-4545.

Valiant brothers told a noble lie

April 9, 2007 -- ... Within two weeks of the war being declared, they had volunteered to join the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force... Neither George nor Stephen should have been anywhere near the Western Front... They came from a western Ukrainian village, Beremiany... within the borders of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Technically, by Ottawa's definition, the brothers were both "enemy aliens." If that had been discovered they would have been interned, along with thousands of their fellow Ukrainian Canadians in one of the 24 concentration camps set aside for that purpose. Story

Ukraine Team at World Class Player Cup 2007 soccer tournament in Regina

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April 5, 2007 -- WCP cup is soon to be one of Saskatchewan's most popular and largest multicultural sporting events. The idea resembles that of the FIFA World cup. The WCP Cup tournament is represented by soccer players from across Saskatchewan. Players represent countries of their heritage in a week-long tournament to crown the WCP champion.
   This year, Team Ukraine will be participating in this tournament. If you are interested in sponsoring or donating to Team Ukraine, please contact Michael Bauer. The players will definitely try harder with added support from the Ukrainian community. WCP website

SCN to premiere Ukrainian experience in Saskatchewan April 15

April 5, 2007 -- Episode Title: Speak to Me Speak To Me is a poetic portrayal of the Ukrainian experience in Saskatchewan set to Oleksander Koshyts' Choral Liturgy (1936). The program thematically explores the historical settling of the land, religion and concepts of death, the sustenance of the earth and artistic expression through painting, architecture, dance, and fashion. It will air at 10 pm April 15 on SCN. The one-hour program received support from the UCC-SPC's Community Development Fund and SaskLotteries. SCN website

Statement by Minister MacKay on the situation in Ukraine

April 4, 2007 -- The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, today [April 3] issued the following statement in response to President Yushchenko ordering the dissolution of Ukraine’s parliament: Statement

Testimonial Dinner to honour former Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney

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April 3, 2007 -- UCC National is working in partnership with the Ukrainian Embassy in Canada to plan a Testimonial Dinner in honour of former Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney. The event is being organized to pay tribute to Mr. Mulroney, who was the Prime Minister when Canada officially recognized Ukraine following its proclamation of Independence in August 2001. Details

Spring issue of Visnyk now available online

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March 26, 2007 -- Features in the Spring issue: Immigration to Saskatchewan; cheap long distance rates to Ukraine; What goes into an Easter basket and why; Coming Soon: Live Free for a Year Lottery III; UCC-SPC Annual General Meeting and Board Elections announcement; plus much more. It is currently at the printers and should be in homes by April 5. In the meantime, you can preview it here on our Web site at Visnyk Online (PDF)

Community mourns the loss of Paul Ortynsky

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March 26, 2007 -- On Wednesday 21 March, Paul Ortynsky passed away at Canora Hospital. Paul was a long-time activist in the Ukrainian community of Canora and Saskatchewan, serving many years on the Board of UCC-SPC. He was named a UCC-SPC Nation Builder in 1999. Details

Employment opportunity: Teaching positions at bilingual
program in Saskatoon

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March 21, 2007 -- Bishop Filevich Ukrainian Bilingual School - Saskatoon invites applications for teaching positions at Bishop Filevich Ukrainian Bilingual School ... To ensure full consideration please submit application complete with a pastoral reference on or before April 5, 2007. Details

Spend the Summer in Lviv, Ukraine

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March 12, 2007 -- The Ukrainian Catholic University Summer Schools
are an Academic Centre for learning in an international context
and a forum for fostering intercultural understanding and spiritual
growth ... Every summer from late May to early August, UCU welcomes some 400 people from all over the world to its wide variety of courses, mostly within the liberal arts and social sciences. More

February 18-24 is Heritage Week

February 21 is International Mother Language Day

February 21, 2007 -- International Mother Language Day aims at promoting linguistic diversity and multilingual education, and at raising awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue. More
2007 theme links with multiculturalism

Egg Money: A tribute to pioneer women of Saskatchewan

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February 20, 2007 -- Has your mother or grandmother ever told you about her life as a pioneer, the hardship, isolation, hard work and loneliness she faced?... a sculpture to honour these outstanding women [is] to be placed in Saskatoon's downtown area. This is your chance to pay tribute to the pioneer women in your family. Details

February 19 is Family Day holiday

February 16, 2007 -- The UCC-SPC office will be closed for the statutory holiday on Monday, February 19, 2007 and will re-open Tuesday, February 20 at 9 AM.

Summer job opportunity: Historical Interpreter

February 15, 2007 -- Location: Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village - 40 km east of Edmonton, AB. Closing date: March 1, 2007 Details

For youths: Immersion opportunity in Ukraine July 9-30

February 14, 2007 -- Camp-Tabir Zustrich is a unique opportunity for youth aged 13 to 17 to travel to Ukraine to experience the Ukrainian language and culture through an immersion "zustrich encounter" with youth from Ukraine. Details

CALL TO ACTION!
Internment of Ukrainian Canadians

February 13, 2007 -- A meeting has been scheduled for this Friday, February 16th during which designated representatives from the Ukrainian Canadian community will meet with the Hon. Jason Kenney, Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity to further negotiations concerning the settlement of claims arising from Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914-1920. What you can do

Jason Kenney to discuss Ukrainian Canadian Redress

February 13, 2007 -- On Friday, February 16, The Hon. Jason Kenney, Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity will be meeting with the designated representatives of the Ukrainian Canadian community to continue negotiations leading to what the community anticipates will be a timely and honourable settlement of claims arising out of Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914-20. Media Release

April 29 is Dance Day: what your group can do

February 6, 2007 -- On the 29th of April, as every year since 1982, Dance Day will be celebrated all over the world by the international community of dancers and dance enthusiasts. Details

New Executive for UCC Canora

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New UCC Canora Branch President Taras Korol

February 5, 2007 -- The Canora Branch of the UCC held its Annual General Meeting on Monday 29 January. The following members were elected to the executive: President -- Taras Korol; Vice-President -- Pat Marchinko; Secretary -- Irene Schigol; Treasurer -- Alice Derow.
   Sincere thanks go out to Paul Ortynsky, the out-going President, for his dedication and many years of volunteer work. The Board of UCC-SPC welcomes to its body and looks forward to working with the newly-elected president, Taras Korol.

Dance Saskatchewan seeks Artistic Director for Dare To Dance

January 24, 2007 -- Dance Saskatchewan Inc., located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is a 28-year-old provincial dance service organization committed to the advancement of dance. For the past fourteen years they have produced and presented Dare to Dance -- a celebration of the very best in Saskatchewan dance talent featuring a diverse range of dance styles and representation from urban, rural and cultural dance roots. Details

New practice time for Regina Ukrainian Folk Choir

January 17, 2007 -- The Regina Ukrainian Folk Choir is looking for new choir members. The Choir will be commencing weekly Sunday evening choir practices starting this Sunday, January 21st at 7:30pm to 9:00pm at Selo Gardens, 1110 McNiven Avenue. More

It pays to Ukrainian dance!
Federal Government establishes eligibility for Children's Fitness Tax Credit: parents of children enrolled in Ukrainian dance qualify for $500 credit

January 10, 2007-- On December 19, 2006 the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, released guidelines on the Children's Fitness Tax Credit, which came into effect on January 1, 2007. Details

Ukrainian songs of Christmas

December 19, 2006 -- Muzyka Ukraine on CJTR 91.3 FM will be featuring Ukrainian Christmas songs on Wednesdays of December 20th, 27th and January 3rd from 3 pm to 4 pm. There will also be a Ukrainian Christmas special program on Sunday, January 7th from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Please tune in and listen to some fine Ukrainian Christmas music.
   Every Wednesday afternoon 3 pm to 4 pm CJTR Regina Community Radio features Muzyka Ukraine. You can listen to Muzyka Ukraine at 91.3 FM on your radio dial if you live in Regina or you can listen from anywhere on the internet at www.cjtr.ca by going to the web page and clicking on "Tune In". Muzyka Ukraine features a variety of contemporary and popular Ukrainian music for your listening enjoyment.

UCC-SPC Christmas Card Contest
Let's Celebrate Christmas: Ukrainian Traditions in Our Home

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December 14, 2006 -- In October UCC-SPC announced its first Christmas card contest inviting Ukrainian youth 18 years and under to submit a drawing or painting based on the theme Let's celebrate Christmas: Ukrainian Traditions in Our Home. More

Winter issue of Visnyk now available online

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December 11, 2006 -- Features in the Winter issue: Nation Builders & Community Recognition Awards Luncheon in Saskatoon; Free Ukrainian Book project: UCC-SPC supports children in Ukrainian language programs; Experiencing the Spirit of Christmas: Holy Supper and other Ukrainian traditions; UCC-SPC's Christmas card contest for Saskatchewan youth: Whose artwork will be represented on our Christmas cards?; Internment: Historic Agreement-in-principle between Government of Canada and Ukrainian Canadian community being reinterpreted; plus much more. It is currently at the printers and should be in homes the week of December 18-22. In the meantime, you can preview it here on our Web site at Visnyk Online (PDF)

International Volunteer Day – December 5

December 1, 2006 -- December 5th is International Volunteer Day. This day serves to heighten awareness of the important contribution of volunteer service, and to encourage more people to offer their services as volunteers, both at home and abroad. According to the latest figures, almost 12 million Canadians volunteer with charities or organizations and contribute close to two billion volunteer hours.

Visual Arts Showcase 2006: Rushnyk of Belonging
Sponsored by the Saskatchewan Teachers of Ukrainian

November 27, 2006 -- Showcase (deadline for submissions is December 15, 2006) is open to Saskatchewan children and youth studying the Ukrainian language. Details (in PDF) regarding eligibility, guidelines, recognition of participation, and submission procedure as well as application form.

Holodomor -- 73rd Anniversary
Famine-Genocide in Ukraine 1932-33

Seven million Ukrainians were starved to death in the breadbasket of Europe

  • At the same time the Soviet regime was dumping 1.7 million tons of grain on Western markets.
  • The famine was engineered by the Soviet regime.
  • It was an act of genocide designed to undermine the social basis of Ukrainian national resistance.
  • One in three children perished in the Holodomor.
  • At the height of the Famine, Ukrainian villagers were dying at the rate of:
    • 17 per minute,
    • 1,000 per hour,
    • 25,000 per day
November 25, 2006
The fourth Saturday of every November has been designated as a date of remembrance for its victims

UCC Statement on the occasion of the commemoration of the Great Famine

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November 24, 2006 -- "... Seventy four years ago, from April 1932 to November 1933 in approximately 500 days, some 7 to 10 million people, a third of who were children, died of famine. For the first time in human history, a government used the confiscation of a harvest as a weapon for the destruction of the people. In 1932-33, Ukraine lost every fourth or fifth person...." Bilingual UCC Statement (PDF)

UCC-SPC hosts 12th annual Nation Builders and Community Recognition Awards luncheon

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November 16, 2006 -- Guests from across Saskatchewan and Canada, among them His Honour the Honourable Dr. Gordon Barnhart, Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan and Her Honour Mrs. Naomi Barnhart, attended a sold-out awards luncheon in Saskatoon on November 5th to pay tribute to ten very special people. Details

Actor who helped raise awareness about Holodomor passes away

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November 10, 2006 -- Academy Award-winning actor Walter Jack Palance (Walter Palahniuk) passed away Friday at the age of 87. Proud of his Ukrainian heritage, he was chairman of the Hollywood Trident Foundation which promotes the contribution of Ukrainians in the film industry to world culture and assists young actors of Ukrainian descent; he was involved in public recognition campaigns for Ukraine's Holodomor and narrated the film Between Hitler and Stalin.

Moleben & film presentation to remember victims of Holodomor -- Famine-Genocide in Ukraine 1932-33

November 9, 2006 -- Under the auspices of the Battlefords Ukrainian Canadian Cultural Council, a moleben service honouring the victims will take place at the Slawa Centre in North Battleford on Saturday, November 18 at 4:30 p.m. with celebrants Fr. Janko Kolosnjaji and Fr. Taras Udod. A half-hour film will also be shown.

Community mourns loss of entrepreneur-Nation Builder Alex Chomyn

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November 1, 2006 -- A dedicated community leader, entrepreneur and family man, Alex Chomyn passed away Sunday, October 29, 2006 at the age of 93. Details

Ukrainian courses and resources online: info session in Regina
Ukrainian language support is now available at the click of a mouse

October 31, 2006 -- If you are a middle years or high school student, a parent of a student wanting to learn Ukrainian, or an adult learner interested in Ukrainian language learning, this session is for you. The Ukrainian Education Consultant will share information about the new provincial Ukrainian 10 Online Course, as well as other digital resources to supplement Ukrainian language study. Tuesday, November 14, 7 - 8:30 pm at Miller High School (Room 233 - West Wing) in Regina.

Ukrainian Canadian author Marsha Skrypuch to launch Kobzar's Children in Saskatoon

October 27, 2006 -- Ukrainian Canadian author Marsha Skrypuch will be in Saskatoon on November 24-25 to launch the release of her newest book Kobzar's Children. Details

Community mourns loss of Nation Builder Sonia Sagasz

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October 25, 2006 -- Long-time Regina community activist Sonia Sagasz passed away the evening of Tuesday, October 24, 2006. In recognition of her contributions she was a recipient of the Taras Shevchenko Medal and the UCC-SPC's Nation Builder award (2001). Details

Attn: Visnyk readers re: PA Veselka CD

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October 24, 2006 -- Page 19 of the fall issue listed an incorrect phone number to the Veselka Prince Albert & District Culture & Heritage Club. Please call 306-763-2396 if you are interested in purchasing a CD.

Elmer Malec is president of PA Veselka Club

October 24, 2006 -- Elmer Malec returns for another term as President of the Veselka Prince Albert & District Culture & Heritage Club. UCC-SPC extends congratulations to the new president and best wishes to the outgoing president, Ron Adamko.

UCC-SPC announces 2006 Nation Builders & Community Recognition honourees -- Luncheon on November 5, 2006

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October 19, 2006 (updated from Oct 11) -- Ten honourees will be recognized for their achievements at this year's luncheon Sunday, November 5, 2006 at the Delta Bessborough Hotel (Battleford Room) in Saskatoon. Cocktails are at 12 p.m. with lunch served at 1 p.m. For tickets or local contact information, call UCC-SPC toll-free 1-888-482-2772 (652-5850 in Saskatoon). MasterCard, Visa & Diners Club accepted. Briefly about the honourees | Media release

Ukrainian community mourns the death of a Community Leader, founding member of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and former MLA

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October 16, 2006 -- Nation Builder Bernard Korchinski passed away on Friday, October 13, 2006. Funeral services will be held at St. Athanasius Ukrainian Catholic Church in Regina, SK on Thursday, October 19 at 11 a.m. Details

Ukrainian community celebrates Education Week 2006

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October 13, 2006 -- UCC-SPC is pleased to continue its annual support of youth literacy and Education Week. This year, Education Week takes place 15-21 October. The theme is Íàø³ ä³òè... íàø³ øêîëè... íàøå ìàéáóòíº / Our Children... Our Schools... Our Future More

Honouring Ukrainian Freedom Fighters

October 11, 2006 -- This Saturday, October 14, Ukrainian Christians throughout the world will observe the holiday known in Ukrainian as "Pokrova," and will honour the memory of the heroic veterans of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA)... ²n Ukraine, leftist organizations have announced their intent to prevent any commemoration of UPA, by force if necessary. Details

Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon marks 50th Anniversary November 3, 2006

October 11, 2006 -- You are invited to a celebration commemorating this milestone in Saskatoon with events acknowledging our history and looking forward to our future together. Details

Fall issue of Visnyk now available online

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October 5, 2006 -- Features in the Fall issue, which focuses on education, include: UCC-SPC's Live Free for a Year Lottery II Prize Winners List; Nation Builders & Community Recognition honourees list; activity update from UCC-SPC's Standing Committee on Immigration; first Ukrainian bilingual school opens in Saskatchewan plus much more. It is currently at the printers and should be in homes the week of October 16-20. In the meantime, you can preview it here on our Web site at Visnyk Online (PDF)

Blessing, opening of Ukrainian bilingual school Thursday

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September 26, 2006 -- Saskatchewan's first K-8 Ukrainian-English Bilingual School will be blessed and officially opened at a celebration Thursday, September 28th starting at 1 PM. Bishop Filevich Ukrainian Bilingual School also has its own website with details of Thursday's program.

Saskatoon Reception with Ukraine's Consul-General (Toronto)

September 13, 2006 -- UCC-SPC and the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage invite you to a reception with Dr. Ihor Lossovskyi, Ph.D., Consul-General of Ukraine, in Toronto, Canada on Friday, 15 September 2006, 4:30 PM Faculty Lounge, 2nd Floor St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan (1437 College Drive). Here is an opportunity to discuss the current political situation in Ukraine with one of her chief diplomats.

Business opportunities in Ukraine seminar/roundtable this Friday

September 13, 2006 -- (September 15 starting at 8:30 AM in Saskatoon.) While daily political change is taking place in Ukraine, its economy continues to grow and, with it, opportunity for investment and trade. It is “business as usual” according to Ukraine’s business community. Details

Ukrainian language classes in Regina

September 13, 2006-- Beginners, intermediate and advanced. Details

UCC-SPC President participates at Regina German Days

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September 12, 2006 -- Congratulations are offered to the organizers
of REGINA GERMAN DAYS, Regina’s German-Canadian Society “Harmonie”
and the Saskatchewan German Council Inc.
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Acclaimed Saskatoon educator, community leader, UCC-SPC Nation Builder passes away

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September 11, 2006 -- Walter Podiluk passed away on Sunday at the age of 79. Sincere condolences are extended to family and friends by UCC-SPC Board and staff. Details.

Saskatoon: Ukrainian Adult Folk Choir

September 11, 2006 -- Weekly practices start Monday, September 18, Sponsored by UCC Saskatoon. Details

Regina: Weekly traditional and/or White Work Ukrainian embroidery classes

September 11, 2006 -- Starting Wednesday, September 13 until May 2007. Sponsored by UCC Regina. Details

Regina Ukrainian Folk Choir

September 5, 2006 -- Please come and join us! The Regina Ukrainian Folk Choir is looking for new choir members for the 2006-7 season. Details

Saskatoon dance group to celebrate 40th Anniversary

September 5, 2006 -- Rushnychok Ukrainian Folk Dance Inc. will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary next year. A date has been set for Saturday, June 2, 2007. The event will include a supper, performance & dance to follow at the new hall in Martensville. Please contact Kerri at bkhryniuk @ sasktel.net for more info. Also, Rushnychok is having its 2006-2007 dance registration at St. George's Youth Centre (Ave M & 20th St W) tomorrow, Sept. 6th from 6:00-7:30. Please call Rosemarie for more info at 306-374-6902.

'Live Free for a Year Lottery II' Prize Winners

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August 30, 2006 -- (UCC-SPC inform) -- The Ukrainian Canadian Congress -- Saskatchewan Provincial Council is pleased to announce that GERALD & LINDA BALABERDA of REGINA won the 'Live Free for a Year' Grand Prize of $1,000 per week each week for a year. Winners list

Business opportunities in Ukraine: Saskatoon seminar/roundtable

August 30, 2006 -- (Friday, September 15 starting at 8:30 AM.) While daily political change is taking place in Ukraine, its economy continues to grow and, with it, opportunity for investment and trade. It is “business as usual” according to Ukraine’s business community. More

Ukraine Day Report

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August 28, 2006 -- Ukraine Day was an outstanding success! ... An unprecedented attendance of well over 10,000 was recorded! More

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August 27:
150th Anniversary of the Birth of Ivan Franko

Ukraine Day in the Park this Saturday in Saskatoon

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August 25, 2006 -- Saskatchewan's only outdoor Ukrainian festival takes place tomorrow in Kiwanis Park next to the Delta Bessborough Hotel. In addition to children's activities, Ukrainian food, cultural displays, and entertainment, ceremonies will celebrate Ukraine's 15th Anniversary of independence and Saskatoon's Centennial. Details

August 24: 15th Anniversary of Ukraine's Independence

On August 24, 1991, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine proclaimed the complete independence of the Ukrainian State. More

Ukraine Spy Agency Secret Archives on Soviet-Era Famines Opened Up SBU Announces in Kyiv

KYIV - Ukraine's national intelligence agency the SBU on Friday opened up formerly-secret state archives on brutal Soviet era-famines causing the deaths of millions. Deutsche Press Agence article

Seeking billets for students from Ivano-Frankivsk University

August 21, 2006 – As in past years, this fall there will be five exchange students from Ukraine attending the University of Regina for about three months. We are looking for five families willing to billet the students. Details

Ukraine's 15th Anniversary of Independence

August 9, 2006 – UCC Regina is sponsoring a Family Picnic August 24. Details

Mohyla 2006 Summer Program final concert on Monday

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August 3, 2006 -- You are invited to attend what promises to be an excellent final concert presented by the students and staff of the St. Petro Mohyla Institute Language & Cultural Immersion Summer Program in Saskatoon. Details (Poster PDF)

There is still time to register for the Sixth Adult Ukrainian Language Immersion Camp (AULIC 2006)

August 4, 2006 – This year the registrations for the Adult Ukrainian Immersion Camp (AULIC) have come in faster than expected but there is still some room and time to register. More

Tavria set to embark on 2-week tour of western Ukraine in August

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July 31, 2006 – The Tavria Ukrainian Folk Dance Ensemble will be travelling to Ukraine to tour and perform August 10-25. The Regina troupe will make stops in Kyiv, Ternopil, Chernivtsi, Ivano-Frankivsk, the Carpathian Mountains and Lviv. Best wishes for a successful trip! Photo (Mosaic 2006) Details

UCC Regina expands Ukrainian Science Park playground

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July 27, 2006 – The Ukrainian Canadian Congress -- Regina branch unveiled its latest project on May 19th: the expansion of the Ukrainian Science Park playground, located at the Saskatchewan Science Centre in Regina. Details

Ukrainian Orthodox faithful in Canada to install their first Canadian-born Primate
Metropolitan-elect hails from Saskatchewan

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July 21, 2006 – On Sunday, July 23, 2006, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada will install His Eminence Archbishop John (Stinka) as the Church’s ruling hierarch. Details

National TYC sponsoring symposium on “Faith and Culture” in Regina

July 5, 2006 -- The traditional churches in North America and Western Europe have been experiencing declining membership and other significant challenges. More

'Live Free for a Year Lottery II' Early Bird Winner

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June 29, 2006 -- (UCC-SPC inform) -- The Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Saskatchewan Provincial Council is pleased to announce the winner... More

Volyn Ukrainian Song & Dance Company concerts in Regina, Saskatoon cancelled

June 22, 2006 -- Please be advised that, according to the ticket sales offices of both the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina and the TCU Arts Centre in Saskatoon, the ensemble will not be performing in Saskatchewan. The tour to western centres in Alberta and BC also had to be cancelled.

Pillar of Saskatoon's Ukrainian community, Nation Builder passes away

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Stephen Kuzma passed away on June 12, 2006 at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Saskatoon at the age of 90. Details

Summer issue of Visnyk now available online

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June 15, 2006 -- Features in the Summer issue include: details on UCC-SPC's Live Free for a Year Lottery II and on the Early Bird Draw on June 25; inside the UCC-SPC Regional Presidents Summit and Annual General Meeting; activity update from UCC-SPC's Standing Committee on Immigration; mourning of Nation Builder Bishop Emeritus Basil Filevich.It is currently at the mailing service and should be in homes the week of June 19-23. In the meantime, you can preview it here on our Web site at Visnyk Online (PDF)

NASHI denounces prostitution at 2006 World Cup

May 30, 2006 -- NASHI estimates that there will be 4,000 illegally trafficked 18-25 year-old women from Ukraine among the millions of travellers to Germany for the 2006 World Cup (9 June - 9 July). Story

Get your ticket for a chance to win $1000 every week for a year tax-free

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Here's another chance for you to win the top prize of $1,000 per week
for 52 weeks. Tickets for UCC-SPC's Live Free for a Year Lottery
II
go on sale May 11 at Vesna Festival in Saskatoon. All proceeds go to Saskatchewan organizations and individuals for Ukrainian
community development initiatives. Call 1-888-4-UCC-SPC (1-888-482-2772) to order your ticket! Details/prizes

Employment opportunity at Musee Ukraina Museum

May 10, 2006 -- The Musee Ukraina Inc Museum is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Office Manager. Deadline June 9, 2006. Details

Yorkton community activist bestowed Papal Honour

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May 8, 2006 -- On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Eparchy of Saskatoon, Bishop Michael Wiwchar, CSsR marked the event by bestowing, on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI, the Papal Honour of Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice on Mr. Stanley Kyba. Story

Employment opportunities at Saskatoon immersion program

May 5, 2006 -- St. Petro Mohyla’s committee is recruiting for dynamic, creative, results oriented candidates for its Ukrainian high school credit and Language & Cultural Immersion Program. Details

St. Petro Mohyla Institute's Language and Culture Immersion Summer Program

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May 5, 2006 -- This program helps students improve their Ukrainian language skills while getting a high school credit in Ukrainian. Details

Employment opportunity at Ilarion Residence/Village

May 5, 2006 -- Ilarion Residence/Village in Saskatoon invites application for the position of Administrator. Details

Battleford’s Ukrainian Day Camp

May 5, 2006 -- The Battlefords Ukrainian Canadian Cultural Council is sponsoring a one-week program for children aged 6-12, who will learn Ukrainian culture through games, crafts, songs, language and dance. Details

UCC Statement on the Crisis in Darfur

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May 5, 2006 -- "... What is disturbing for Ukrainian Canadians is that food is being used as a weapon by the government... This eerily mirrors what took place in Ukraine during the Genocide-Famine of 1932-33 when the rulers of the Soviet Union purposely took food from the Ukrainian countryside and allowed millions to die of starvation as part of their plan to destroy the Ukrainian people..." UCC Statement (PDF)

Employment opportunity at UCC National

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May 5, 2006 -- The Ukrainian Canadian Congress is searching for a programming assistant to work at its Winnipeg Head Office. Application deadline May 31, 2006. Details

Travel guide to the six ethnic bloc settlement areas in Saskatchewan available online

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April 27, 2006 -- The new Saskatchewan travel guide, launched by the Saskatchewan Ukrainian Historical Society, in association with the UCC-SPC, is now available online. Travel Guide (PDF 10 MB)

April 26 marks the 20th anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster

20th Anniversary of the Chornobyl Nuclear Disaster UCC National Statement (PDF)
Canada announces support for Chornobyl shelter Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade article
Ukrainians recall Chornobyl tragedy Associated Press article
Web resource BBC
Chornobyl +20 Action Ukraine Report

Community mourns loss of Nation Builder Bishop Basil Filevich

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Bishop Basil Filevich, Emeritus of the Eparchy of Saskatoon passed away on April 20, 2006 at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Saskatoon. Details

Thank you, volunteers!

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Thank you to all the volunteers who donate time in Ukrainian organizations and activities as well as to all who volunteer in all culture, sport and/or recreation!

This week, April 23-29, is National Volunteer Week. We thank the thousands of volunteers for their contributions to building our culturally vibrant province. The commitment and dedication of the many who support our community and therein contribute to the cultural fabric of our province is important and appreciated by all.

Eugene Krenosky, UCC-SPC President

Student Employment Opportunity: Konkurs Ukrainian Arts Program Coordinator*

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UCC-SPC invites qualified students to apply for this term position, which is from 05 June 2006 to 31 March 2007. For the period June to August 2006, the position will be full-time, 35 hours/week. From September 2006 to March 2007, the position will be part-time, approximately 10 hours/week. To qualify, applicants must be returning to university or college in September 2006. *Please note -- this position is dependent upon funding from the Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation Student Employment Experience program. Details

Summer Employment Opportunity: Web Site & Data Base Coordinator*

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UCC-SPC invites qualified students to apply for this full-time summer position. To qualify, applicants must be returning to university or college in September 2006. This Saskatoon-based position is full-time from 10 May to 25 August 2006. *Please note -- this position is dependent upon funding from the HRSDC Summer Career Placement program. Details

Program about Ukrainians in Saskatchewan airs tonight, repeats tomorrow on SCN

April 12, 2006 -- Middle of Somewhere is a series about one man's journey throughout the province of Saskatchewan. The first of 13 30-minute episode was broadcast on SCN (Cable 8, Max 19, Express Vu 266, Star Choice 352 and Image Wireless 28) March 1st.
   This week's episode: Ukrainian is not an official language, but it's alive and well in Saskatchewan. Host S. Virgo scratches the surface of a turbulent culture for which exile has become home. Priests and ex-priests, art collectors, entrepreneurs, romantics: all passionate defenders of an ancestral way of living, singing and worshipping. Two chances to watch this episode: Wednesday April 12 at 7:30pm, and Thursday April 13 at 11:30pm.

UCC condemns desecration of Banff memorial

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The Ukrainian Canadian Congress is appalled by the recent defilement of a monument located near Castle Mountain in Banff National Park. UCC National Media Release

World Dance Day – 29 April 2006

April 3, 2006 -- On the 29th of April, as every year since 1982, World Dance Day will be celebrated all over the world by the international community of dancers and dance enthusiasts. More

Spring issue of Visnyk now available online

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March 30, 2006 -- Features in the Spring issue include: Chornobyl -- 20 years later: a summary of the accident, current challenges and consequences for future generations; the launch of the Sask Ukrainian Historical Society's travel guide to cultural and historical sites in the Ukrainian bloc settlement communities; UCC-SPC's joint effort with SIAST to seek volunteers for in-Ukraine mentorship program; info about the province's first single-stream Ukrainian bilingual school; the announcment of a new online Ukrainian 10 distance education credit course. It is currently being printed and should be in homes the week of April 10-14. In the meantime, you can preview it here on our Web site at Visnyk Online (PDF)

Ukrainian language teachers and learners benefit from classroom research and language assistance

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March 30, 2006 -- During the winter term of this academic year, the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage at St. Thomas More College (STM), University of Saskatchewan, hosted a visiting professor from Ternopil’ National Pedagogical University (TNPU) in Ukraine. Details

Ukrainian Canadians meet with Federal Government on Ukrainian Canadian Internment

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March 24, 2006 -- On March 22, 2006 representatives of the Ukrainian Canadian community met in Ottawa with the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Bev Oda, PC, MP to discuss the newly elected federal government’s position on dealing with issues around Canada’s First National Internment Operations in 1914-1920. UCC National Media Release (PDF)

UCC International Election Observation Mission in full-swing

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March 17, 2006 -- The Ukrainian Canadian Congress International Election Observation Mission, which will monitor the March 26, 2006 elections to the Ukrainian Parliament, has been launched and is now in full swing. Details

Employment opportunity at UCC-SPC

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March 17, 2006 -- The UCC-SPC is currently seeking to fill the position of Administrative Assistant. Details

Travel guide to the six ethnic bloc settlement areas in Saskatchewan being launched on Saturday

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March 17, 2006 -- (UCC-SPC inform) -- In association with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Saskatchewan Provincial Council (UCC-SPC), the Saskatchewan Ukrainian Historical Society (SUHS) will launch a new Saskatchewan travel guide at its genealogy conference this weekend. Details

Listen to CBC Radio 1 on Thursday

March 15, 2006 -- 7:30 am interview with a representative from Nashi, an organization dedicated to help poor and orphaned Ukrainian children avoid becoming victims of the sex trade. Broadcast on CBC AM Radio 1, 540 during Sheila Coles Morning Edition after 7:30 am CST. Out-of-province listeners can tune in to the Regina program broadcast via the internet at www.cbc.ca.

UCC-SPC partners with SIAST to find volunteers for project in Ukraine

March 13, 2006 -- With the assistance of the UCC-SPC, SIAST is recruiting Ukrainian-speaking Canadian volunteers to act as mentors and assist Ukrainian teachers at three Ukrainian vocational schools in their skill development. Details

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March 9:
Birthday of Ukraine's National Poet and Native Son
Taras Shevchenko

Adult Ukrainian Language Immersion Camp 2006

March 8, 2006 -- Planning for the Adult Ukrainian Language Immersion Camp (AULIC) 2006 is well on its way and along with the successful four-day weekend, a five-day extended program is being announced. Details

UCC-SPC volunteers receive Saskatchewan Centennial Medals

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Congratulations to UCC-SPC President Eugene Krenosky, who was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan during a ceremony at the University of Saskatchewan's Convocation Hall in Saskatoon on February 17, 2006. Details

Saskatchewan’s Ukrainian community mourns the passing of Nation Builder

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February 27, 2006 (Updated) -- Emelia Vera (nee Waschuk) Panamaroff of Saskatoon, SK passed away peacefully at Royal University Hospital on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at the age of 70 years. Details

Listen to CBC Radio 1 today

February 20, 2006 -- To be discussed: Shevchenko Foundation's Kobzar Literary Award and a Saskatchewan author who is in the running for the $25,000. Broadcast on CBC AM Radio 1, 540 during today's Afternoon Edition from 4-6 pm CST. Out-of-province listeners can tune in to the Regina program broadcast via the internet at www.cbc.ca.

Next Sask Ukrainian Historical Society conference is March 18

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February 16, 2006 (Updated) -- Presentations: Cemetery Preservation Project (Ilene Lequyere), Historical Places Initiatives (Jennifer Bisson), Ukrainian Sites with Heritage Status, and Saskatchewan's Ukrainian Legacy. Details

Poster (PDF) and Registration form (PDF)

Community mourns loss of Nation Builder Dr. Stephen Worobetz

February 5, 2006 -- Saskatchewan's first Lieutenant Governor of Ukrainian background and UCC-SPC Nation Builder Award recipient Dr. Stephen Worobetz of Saskatoon passed away Thursday at the age of 91. Star Phoenix article

Zustrich 2006: exchange project immerses teenage youth in language and culture

January 23, 2006 -- Camp-Tabir "Zustrich" is a unique opportunity for youth aged 13 to 17 to travel to Ukraine to experience the Ukrainian language and culture through an immersion "zustrich-encounter" with youth from Ukraine. Details

Employment opportunity at Ukrainian Museum of Canada

January 23, 2006 -- The Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Saskatoon with branches in Vancouver. Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto, is one of Canada’s outstanding non-profit cultural and educational institutions that serve the Ukrainian Canadian community and the greater global community locally, nationally and internationally. Details

Ternopil university's Ukrainian language head returns to Saskatoon as visiting scholar and sessional lecturer

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Welcome to Saskatchewan! Neporany Fellowship Recipient Dr. Olena Huzar will conduct research in the area of Ukrainian language development among speakers of English and provide professional development opportunities for language renewal and teaching methodology. Full story

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards: deadline March 6

January 12, 2006 -- Do you know a woman who has made a sustained commitment and significant difference in the community by showing vision, creativity and initiative? If so, she may be eligible for nomination in one of 10 categories for the 25th Annual Southern Saskatchewan Women of Distinction Awards presented by the YWCA.
   This award honours the exceptional contributions of women who are leaders in their fields, as well as helps raise money for the YWCA to continue to offer assistance to those in our community who need it most.
   You are encouraged to nominate women who support the preservation, awareness, development and/or research of cultural heritage of Regina and the rest of Saskatchewan. Contact Deb Polischuk at the YWCA at (306) 525-2141 or visit www.ywcaregina.com. Deadline for nominations is March 6, 2006.

Volunteer observers for Ukraine Parliamentary election: application deadline for short-term is January 23

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January 11, 2006 -- The Ukrainian Canadian Congress is organizing a mission of observers to be present at the March 2006 Parliamentary elections in Ukraine.
   These elections are no less important than those held last year. Consider becoming a short-term observer; commitment is March 21-28. The deadline is January 23.
   See this pdf (or visit www.ucc.ca and look under What’s New) to learn more about this project. An on-line application form must be completed by people wishing to volunteer as observers in order to be considered for participation in the UCC mission.

Regina radio to feature Rizdvo programs this weekend

January 5, 2006 -- On Friday, January 6 at 8 PM on CKRM 620 AM radio, UCC Regina will be sending greetings during a special Ukrainian Christmas half-hour program. Then on Saturday, January 7 at 7 PM, CJTR Regina Community Radio 91.3 FM will be having a special one-hour Ukrainian Christmas show.

Saskatchewan Student Heritage Project deadline April 30

January 5, 2006 -- UCC-SPC would like to bring to the attention of Grade 10-12 students and teachers SaskCulture's Saskatchewan Student Heritage Project. The April 30 deadline for this learning intitiative offers four new chances for students to win $750 Saskatchewan Centennial Bursaries for their work. By creating a multi-media project on part of their heritage, students also have the opportunity to explore many different areas of cultural activity. The announcement of the November 30 winners will occur later this month. For more information, visit www.saskculture.sk.ca/shp.htm.

Interested in celebrating New Year's again? Malankas around the province

Saskatoon radio station responds to concerns of anti-Ukrainian racial stereotyping

December 30, 2005 -- Thank you for the opportunity to reply to the article on your website dated December 22nd entitled “Saskatoon radio station using anti-Ukrainian racial stereotyping” ...There is no “open season” on Ukrainians or any other Ethnic group on CJWW. Read entire letter

ACTION ITEM: Saskatoon radio station using anti-Ukrainian
racial stereotyping

December 22, 2005 -- À Saskatoon resident has asked for the assistance of Saskatchewan’s Ukrainian community to stop the use of offensive and derogatory humour on Saskatoon’s CJWW radio. Details

UCC-SPC Board Member named Manager of Canora Credit Union

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December 22, 2005 -- The Board and Staff of the UCC- SPC extend sincere congratulations to UCC-SPC Treasurer Craig Zaychkowsky who has been named the new Regional Manager with Canora Credit Union Limited in charge of branch operations of both the Preeceville and Sturgis Branches effective Monday 09 January 2006.
    Prior to his move, Craig had been employed as a Financial Services Officer with the New Community Credit Union in Saskatoon.
   We wish Craig much success in his new endeavours and know that the communities of Canora, Preeceville and Sturgis stand to benefit greatly from this very active and involved young community leader. Áàæàºìî âñüîãî íàéêðàùîãî òà ìíîãèõ ë³ò!

Call for volunteer Ukraine Election observers, March 2006

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December 21, 2005 -- The Ukrainian Canadian Congress is pleased to announce that it will be organizing a mission of observers to be present at the March 2006 Parliamentary elections in Ukraine. Please see this pdf (or visit www.ucc.ca and look under What’s New) to learn more about this project. An on-line application form for people wishing to volunteer as observers is available here. This form must be completed in order to be considered for participation in the UCC mission.
   More information about this project will be made available in the following weeks. Consider becoming a volunteer! It is a meaningful way of helping Ukraine’s emerging democracy!

Centenary Celebration of St. Peter & St. Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church of Bodnari

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Sask Centennial (Visnyk Winter 2005 online reference) -- Celebrations will be held July 9, 2006; restorations are taking place; assistance sought. Story

The remarkable Lucyks of Radisson

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Sask Centennial (Visnyk Winter 2005 online reference) -- Still at home in Radisson; married for 72 years; he will celebrate his 100th birthday; about their pioneering past, and More

Internment Plaque Unveiled in Fernie, British Columbia by Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association in October

(Visnyk Winter 2005 online reference) -- On October 1, 2004, victims of Canada’s first national internment operations were remembered at a solemn ceremony with the unveiling of a trilingual commemorative plaque in Fernie, British Columbia. UCCLA article

Winter issue of Visnyk now available online

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December 15, 2005 -- The Winter issue features: Saskatchewan Government enhances program to attract immigrants family members; Nation Builders & Community Recognition Awards; UCC-SPC initiative supports children in Ukrainian language programs; Malanka legends and traditions; and Youth Action Now project wrap-up report. It is currently being printed and should be in homes the week of December 19-23. In the meantime, you can preview it here on our Web site at Visnyk Online (PDF)

YAN Blueprint for Action available online

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December 9, 2005 -- This 28-page document presents a clear summary of hundreds of action ideas brought forward during the youth forums, surveys and conference of the Youth Action Now project. Blueprint for Action (PDF)

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'Live Free for a Year Lottery' Prize Winners

November 7, 2005 -- (UCC-SPC inform) -- The Ukrainian Canadian Congress -- Saskatchewan Provincial Council is pleased to announce that DEON KALAMAN of REGINA won the 'Live Free for a Year' Grand Prize of $1,000 per week each week for a year. List of winners

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'Live Free for a Year Lottery' Early Bird Winner

August 29, 2005 -- (UCC-SPC inform) -- The Ukrainian Canadian Congress -- Saskatchewan Provincial Council extends its congratulations to the winner of the $1,500 Early Bird prize in the 'Live Free for a Year' lottery... Details

Bill to recognize internment receives unanimous consent in House of Commons

November 24, 2005 -- (Ottawa) After 8 years of intense work, Inky Mark, Conservative Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette realized his wish for Canada’s Ukrainian community through the passage of his private member’s Bill C-331 last night in the House of Commons by unanimous consent. Media Release from the office of Inky Mark, MP

UCC Regina Annual General Meeting November 17, 2005

November 21, 2005 -- The Regina Branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress held its annual general meeting November 17, 2005 at the UCC office in the Queen City. A new executive was elected at the AGM, which was attended by 20 people, as follows: More

Statement of UCC President Orysia Sushko on the occasion of its 65th Anniversary

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The first Congress of Ukrainian Canadian was held at the Royal Alexandra Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 6 and 7th in the year 1940. The thoughts expressed at the Congress by the first president, Rev. Dr. W. Kushnir -- “The community at large can always solve cooperatively what you are unable to do alone” still hold true 65 years later. More

UCC-SPC hosts 11th annual Nation Builders and Community Recognition Awards luncheon

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November 9, 2005 (updated) -- The contributions of some very special people were acknowledged at a formal luncheon in the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel in Saskatoon on November 6, 2005. Story

Documentary on Ukraine's orphans to air on CTV

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November 8, 2005 -- W-FIVE's Victor Malarek takes an inspirational journey to a Canadian-run camp for Ukraine's thousands of "Forgotten Children" in this one-hour special. Details

Documentary produced by Saskatoon Ps & Bs member's company airs on SCN Nov 9

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November 8, 2005 -- ...The documentary "Canoe Quest" will be premiering on SCN Wed. Nov. 9 @ 9:00pm... More

Mohyla Institute in Saskatoon seeks Executive Director

November 7, 2005 -- Closing date November 30. Details

City of Saskatoon grants available

November 2, 2005 -- To apply groups must be a registered non-profit organization under the Saskatchewan Non-Profit Corporations Act (call by November 15th). More

Ukrainian-Canadian author Marsha Skrypuch visits Saskatchewan

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October 21, 2005 -- Marsha Skrypuch, well-known author of the popular children's books Enough, Silver Threads and the teen novel, Hope's War, made a positive and lasting impression on the communities of Regina, Yorkton and Saskatoon during her visit to Saskatchewan in September 2005. Story & photos

Fall Frolic (Obzhynky -- Ukrainian Harvest Festival)

October 20, 2005 (Updated) -- UCC Saskatoon is pleased to announce that the Yevshan Dancers are entertaining at the upcoming Fall Frolic -- Obzhynky Ukrainian Harvest Celebration on October 22. More

Saskatoon choir & orchestra to give free concerts at five Sask centres

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October 19, 2005 -- The Lastiwka 100 Years of Harvest Tour is a Centennial Celebration commemorating the Ukrainian settlers whose strength and courage built the foundation of this province. More

"Obzhynky" A Ukrainian Harvest Festival

October 11, 2005 -- Regina’s Ukrainian community will celebrate Obzhynky on Saturday, October 15, 2005. More

CTV's hit series Corner Gas goes Ukrainian

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September 28, 2005 -- Corner Gas fans: the 3 October episode you won't want to miss. Details

UCC-SPC Board meeting & evening social with local community

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September 27, 2005 -- In keeping with rotating meetings among the centres where UCC branches exist, the UCC-SPC Board met in Weyburn on Saturday. The better part of the day was devoted to the business and direction of the Council, the evening highlighted a social with the local community, complete with entertainment provided by the Weyburn Ukrainian Dance Club. Photos

Fall issue of Visnyk now available online

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September 26, 2005 -- The Fall issue features: Agreement-in-Principle on Internment issue signed; Nation Builders & Community Recognition Awards Luncheon Announcement; UCC-SPC's "Live Free for a Year" lottery sweepstakes -- early bird winner & time is running out; and Immigrant workers in Tisdale reunite with families. It is currently being printed and should be in homes the week of October 3. In the meantime, you can preview it here on our Web site at Visnyk Online (PDF)

Information sessions for immigrants

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September 23, 2005 -- on the Enhanced Language Training Initiative Details (PDF poster)

Saskatoon film presentations on human trafficking

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September 23, 2005 -- Tonight & Sunday Nashi flyer (PDF)

UCC calls upon Ukrainian Canadian Community to assist survivors of Hurricane Katrina

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September 20, 2005 -- UCC Media Release (PDF)

UCC receives Commendation on August 31, 2005 in Edmonton from the Governor General of Canada for its role in Ukraine’s Presidential Elections in 2004

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September 13, 2005 -- The Ukrainian Canadian Congress has been honoured by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, with a Certificate of Commendation for its role in organizing an observer mission for the re-run of the Presidential election in Ukraine in December 2004 as well as for the two previous rounds in October and November. UCC Media Release
Gov. Gen. remarks
UCC Pres. remarks
Commendation text
(PDF)

Nipawin: Male Ukrainian dance instructor wanted

September 12, 2005 -- The Nipawin Veselii Ukrainian Dance Group is a thriving Ukrainian dance group with approximately 60 dancers who are currently looking for a male instructor. More

UCC Regina launches website

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September 2, 2005 -- Check out Regina UCC's website at www.uccregina.ca.

Employment opportunity at St. Petro Mohyla Institute: Executive Director

August 30, 2005 -- St. Petro Mohyla Institute is a Ukrainian non-profit organization serving the Saskatchewan community and post-secondary students through housing, cultural activities and community programming. Situated three blocks from the University of Saskatchewan, it provides room and board for 55 residents and acts as a base for various cultural, recreational and educational programs. Details

Holosy Ukrainian adult folk choir to start second singing season

August 30, 2005 -- Practices start September 12. Tentative Shchedrivky workshop to be held November 18th weekend. Sponsored by Saskatoon UCC. Details

Ukrainian language classes in Regina

August 29, 2005 -- For adults and children September 2005 to May 2006. Details

UCC Regina offers Ukrainian embroidery classes

August 29, 2005 -- sponsored by UCC Regina. Details

Ukrainian folk choir in Regina starting new season

August 27, 2005 -- Practices start September 11. Sponsored by the Ukrainian Canadian Professional & Business Association of Regina. Details (PDF poster)

Dormition in Saskatoon starts another year of youth programming

August 26, 2005 -- Sunday School at the Ukrainian Catholic Parish of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God will be having its registration on Monday September 12th at 7:00 pm in the church basement. Programs being offered in the parish are: Details

Internment: Government of Canada signs Redress Accord

August 24, 2005 -- The Federal Government recognized today the hardships suffered by Ukrainian Canadians as a result of wartime measures during World War I and immigration restrictions imposed on them by the government of the day with a $2.5 million initial contribution towards the commemoration of the community’s experiences.
• Ukrainian Canadian Congress Media Releases
• Department of Canadian Heritage Media Release
• CTV.ca
• Photos

UCC to receive Governor General Commendation for role in Ukraine’s presidential elections

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August 10, 2005 -- The UCC will be honoured by the Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, with a Certificate of Commendation. This singular honour will be bestowed on the UCC for its role in organizing a mission involving 500 observers for the re-run of the presidential election in Ukraine which took place in December of 2004 as well as 140 observers for the two previous rounds in October and November 2004. UCC Media Release

Employment opportunity at New Community Credit Union

New Community Credit Union has served the Ukrainian community for over 65 years. With exceptional personal service and a variety of products, we are a unique financial institution in the heart of Saskatoon. We are seeking a Casual Member Services Representative. Details

Ukraine adopts visaless regime for Canadians

August 2, 2005 -- In a July 28 press release, the Consulate General of Ukraine in Toronto announced that President Yushchenko issued a decree on July 26 to cancel visa formalities as of August 1 for Canadian citizens visiting Ukraine for no more than 90 days.
   The decree aims to help develop and facilitate the practical realization of the principles of a neighbourly partnership between Ukraine and Canada, and is guided by aspirations to simplify travel for the citizens of both countries and to foster bilateral contacts in all spheres of mutual relations.

Participants sought for youth program promoting international understanding, friendship

July 28, 2005 -- Through the generosity of the Government of Japan, twelve young Canadians will be participating in the 18th Ship for World Youth program. From mid-January to early March, 120 Japanese and 144 youth from 12 other nations will live together on a ship as it travels from Harumi, Japan to Singapore, India (Chennai), Kenya (Mombassa), Mauritius (Port Louis), Singapore and back to Harumi from where the Canadian delegation will return home by air. Details

Summer issue of Visnyk now available online

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The Summer issue features: UCC-SPC's first ever "Live Free for a Year" lottery sweepstakes; a report on Youth Action Now's conference "The Gathering"; latest on Citizenship revocation (the "D&D" issue); and activity marking Saskatchewan's Centennial. It is currently at the mail distribution centre and should be in homes the week of July 18. In the meantime, you can preview it here on our Web site at Visnyk Online (PDF)

Adult Ukrainian Language Immersion Camp 2005

July 5, 2005 -- There is still time to register for the fifth AULIC 2005. Registrations for the AULIC have come in faster than in the past, but there is still some room and time to register. The instructors are as impressive as ever. As in previous years, three levels of instruction will be offered... Details

Konowal plaque to be unveiled at Lens, France

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July 5, 2005 -- On Monday, 22 August 2005, at 11 am, a trilingual plaque honouring the First World War veteran, Cpl Filip Konowal, will be unveiled at Lens, France, near the location of the Battle of Hill 70, where Konowal's valour earned him the highest military distinction awarded by the British Empire, the Victoria Cross. More

Happy Canada Day!

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The UCC-SPC Board and Staff extend Canada Day greetings to all the UCC-SPC friends and supporters. May Saskatchewan’s Centenary be that special Celebration that makes us all proud to be part of that great country we call Canada!

O Canada in Ukrainian (text)

Saskatchewan Centenary Song Ukrainian Soundtrack

Seeking hosts in Regina for Ukraine students this fall

June 28, 2005 -- The University of Regina has been working with the Ivano-Frankivsk State Oil & Gas University in carrying out a student program. Details

Dare to Dance: Call for video submissions

June 27, 2005 -- Choreographers, teachers and dance groups are invited to submit auditions on videotape for this year's event, October 8, 2005 at Saskatoon’s Centennial Auditorium. Details

The Saskatchewan Centenary Song

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June 21, 2005 -- Saskatchewan, We Love This Place is our province''s centenary song. Last month, students of Ukrainian language programs from around the province gathered in Saskatoon to form a mass choir and record both English and Ukrainian versions of the song. Pictures/Soundtracks

Saskatchewan's Ukrainian community expresses concern regarding Crystal Meth

June 14, 2005 -- The Ukrainian Canadian Congress -- Saskatchewan Provincial Council (UCC-SPC), the umbrella organization for over two hundred Ukrainian organizations in Saskatchewan held its Annual Meeting this past weekend in Prince Albert. In addition to receiving the usual activity and financial reports, participants discussed the growing problem of Crystal Meth addiction, its accessibility and its devastating effects. UCC-SPC media release | Web links on Crystal Methamphetamine

UCC-SPC Annual Report now online

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Presented at the Annual General Meeting 11 June 2005 in Prince Albert, the 36-page report outlines activities of the Ukrainian community throughout the province in 2004; describes important projects undertaken by the UCC-SPC to support multiculturalism, youth in the province, democracy in Ukraine, and our historical heritage in Saskatchewan; lists projects receiving CDF grants last year; includes 10-page auditor's report. Report (PDF)

New website available for Ukrainian youth in Saskatchewan

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The UCC-SPC has a new tool for Ukrainian youth in Saskatchewan. This summer, a website was developed specifically dealing with Ukrainian youth in Saskatchewan. Story

Ukrainian midsummer Kupalo festival

This ancient festival was actually celebrated when the night was shortest -- at summer solstice. Details (Kupalo: Fire, water, flowers, nature, and love by Orysia Paszczak Tracz)


Pictures from Youth Action Now 'Gathering'

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May 6, 2005 -- Here are some pictures from last weekend's Youth Action Now forum finale in Regina. Keep watching for a write-up, coming soon. 7 photos

UCC-SPC delegation, YAN members meet with Minister of State (Multiculturalism)

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A delegation of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Saskatchewan Provincial Council (UCC-SPC) met with the Honourable Raymond Chan, Minister of State (Multiculturalism), on October 25, 2004. Topics of discussion centred on the Youth Action Now Inititative, financial assistance to ethno- and multi- cultural organizations, bringing closure to the Ukrainian Internment issue and other long-standing ethnic grievances with the Federal Government. UCC-SPC Media Release

YAN raises awareness through recent events and meetings

  • YAN Meets with Premier Calvert
  • Motif Multicultural Festival, Moose Jaw
  • Saskatoon Project Leader Bowling
  • Radio Canada International, Ukrainian Language Youth Program
  • St-Jean Baptiste Day
  • “Celebrating Our Nations” Pow Wow. Details

What's happening at Youth Action Now?

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March 11, 2005 -- Our Adventure ContinuesApr 29-May 1: It's Gathering Time!Apr 30: Multicultural Expo for the public

Finance Minister Ralph Goodale meets with UCC-SPC and YAN

The Honourable Ralph Goodale met with UCC-SPC Board members, staff and Youth Action Now coordinators at a luncheon on Tuesday, April 6 at the Delta Bessborough Hotel in Saskatoon. Details

YAN: Youth Advisory Committee meeting discusses project strategies

The second Youth Action Now (YAN) Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) meeting took place June 5 and 6, 2004 in Regina. More

YAN helps promote culture at MLA reception

On May 19th, YAN Coordinator Lee Reaney, Advisory Committee members Lorin Gardypie and Larissa Lozowchuk, and Project Leader Guylaine Patenaude attended an MLA Reception hosted in Regina by SaskCulture. More

Saskatchewan Government offers support for YAN

May 4, 2004 --
Free From Harm Youth Symposium at the Rainbow Youth Centre, Regina and Youth Action Now Meetings with
• Honourable Joan Beatty, Minister of Culture, Youth and Recreation;
• Honourable Andrew Thomson, Minister of Learning;
• the Honourable P. Myron Kowalsky, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Details

Youth Action Now activity

29 April 2004 -- With support from the UCC-SPC, YAN Coordinators Victoria Morris and Lee Reaney have been busy recently with Training Sessions for 25 Project Leaders. Three sessions were held March 27 & 28 in Bruno, April 3 & 4 near Waldheim, and April 17 & 18 at Christopher Lake. For an update, see What's happening with Youth Action Now (PDF)

Photocade: YAN train-the-trainer session at Christopher Lake

Pics from the final training session held April 17 & 18, 2004

Photocade: YAN train-the-trainer session at the Shekinah Retreat Centre

Pics from April 3 & 4, 2004

Photocade: YAN train-the-trainer session in Bruno

Pics from March 27 & 28, 2004

Youth Action Now Committee seeks youth participants

YAN's second of three train-the-trainer sessions takes place at the Shekinah Retreat Centre April 3 & 4, 2004. How to get there

Youth Action Now Committee seeks youth participants

The Youth Action Now Committee invites interested youth from across the province to apply for Youth Advisors and Youth Project Leaders. The first train-the-trainer session takes place in Bruno March 27 & 28, 2004. See details for link to map on how to get to this first of three sessions.

Youth Action Now launch held in Regina

It’s 10:30 am on Monday 01 March. As the guests enter Michael A. Riffel High School in Regina, they are greeted by members of the school’s Royals Accepting Diversity multicultural club dressed in a variety of cultural costumes. Pop music videos from around the world play in the background and the flags of Canada’s ten provinces and three territories are displayed alongside a banner which reads ‘Youth Action Now’ and ‘Welcome’ in several languages. Details

Deadline changed: YAN Committee seeks youth participants

The Youth Action Now Committee invites interested youth from across the province to apply for Youth Advisors and Youth Project Leaders. The new application deadline is Wednesday, March 17, 2004. Details

Invitation: Youth Action Now Official Project Launch

You are invited to the Youth Action Now Official Project Launch, scheduled for March 1, 2004, 10:45 AM at Michael A. Riffel High School 5757 Rochdale Blvd in Regina. Details

Youth Action Now project underway

Youth Action Now is set to kick off March 1, 2004 in Regina. Details

Youth Action Now Committee seeks youth participants

Youth Action Now is a new, youth-oriented project that will enable the province’s youth to devise a blueprint for Saskatchewan's multicultural future. The YAN Committee invites interested youth from across the province to apply for Youth Advisors and Youth Project Leaders. Details

Youth Action Now

With funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage, UCC-SPC and the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan are sponsoring Youth Action Now, a new, youth-oriented project that will enable the province’s youth to devise a blueprint for Saskatchewan's multicultural future. Young people of all backgrounds will come together as active members of society to affect change and contribute to its growth, dynamism and cultural diversity. This project is designed, managed and driven by youth. Details

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