Regina, SK – The provincial government has designated 2016 as the Year of Saskatchewan Ukrainians.
Premier Brad Wall says it acknowledges the 125th anniversary of the first wave of Ukrainian immigration to Canada and Saskatchewan.
“Ukrainian culture and traditions are deeply embedded in the Saskatchewan mosaic,” Wall said. “Settlers from Ukraine helped build our province.”
More than 13-percent of Saskatchewan residents trace all or part of their ancestry to Ukraine, according to the last census.
Ukraine is currently the fourth top source of immigration to the province.
(excerpt from Premier Wall’s declaration)
In 2009 the government revitalized the Saskatchewan-Ukraine Relations Advisory Committee (SURAC) to provide recommendations on such arrangements and on various program initiatives, such as the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program.
SURAC has also played a key role recently in raising awareness of humanitarian concerns around the escalation of political violence in Ukraine, and was instrumental in a community- and government-supported project that saw four donated ambulances from Saskatchewan and Alberta sent to Ukrainian hospitals last fall.
Regina will play host to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress‘s 25th Triennial Congress of Ukrainian Canadians September 29 to October 2, 2016.