On September 7, Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Day was officially celebrated in Ontario and Alberta.
Exactly 130 years ago, the first Ukrainian immigrants Iwan Pylypiw and Vasyl Ilyniak arrived in Canada. On September 7, 2021, we honoured our pioneers in the morning and celebrated with a “Twinning Ceremony.” During this ceremony, a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Lamont County – the Cradle of Ukrainian settlement in Canada and Nebyliv – Perehinske Community Village Council. The signing ceremony acknowledged “the historical connection and the bonds of friendship between the peoples of Lamont County where settlers first settled and Nebyliv, the origin of Ukraine’s first settlers to Canada.” Thank you to David Diduck, the Reeve of Lamont County, for hosting this initiative. Thank you, Iryna Luiklian, the Chairperson of the Perehinske Village Council, for supporting the ties between Nebyliv and Lamont.
Later that day, we celebrated Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Day by raising the Ukrainian flag at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton and City Hall in Calgary. Since the arrival of the first settlers to Canada, immigrants have been coming for generations bringing with them knowledge, expertise and experience and contributing to the multicultural fabric of Canadian Society.
We are proud Ukrainian Canadians to call Alberta, Canada, home. Thank you for joining us for flag-raising Her Honour Salma Lakhani Lieutenant Governor, Minister Ronald Orr, Consul General Oleksandr Danyleiko, MLA Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk, MLA Leela Aheer, Minister Kaycee Madu and to all our special guests!
In both cities the 30-metre flag of Ukraine touring Western Canada was unfurled. From Calgary the flag continued its journey to Kelwona, BC.