On July 16, 1990, the Supreme Soviet of the Ukrainian SSR adopted the Declaration of Sovereignty, which declared that Parliament recognized the need to build the Ukrainian state based on the Rule of Law.

On August 24, 1991, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted the Declaration of Independence, which the citizens of Ukraine endorsed in the referendum of December 1, 1991. Also in 1991, Canadians celebrated the Centennial of Ukrainian group immigration to Canada. To mark the Centennial, Canadian organizations planned programs and projects to celebrate this milestone in Canada’s history.

The Chair of Ukrainian Studies Foundation of Toronto marked the Centennial by establishing the CANADA-UKRAINE PARLIAMENTARY PROGRAM (CUPP) for university students from Ukraine in the House of Commons.

CUPP gives Ukrainian students an opportunity to observe parliamentary democracy and government and gain experience from which generations of Canadian, American and West European students have benefited.

Since 1991 over 1,000 university students have participated in the CUPP internship program, the Model Ukraine Conferences in Ottawa, Washington Oxford U.K. and Ukraine and Reunion Meetings with parliamentary governance programs.

In 2018 the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada became a sponsor of the CUPP program.

The biographical sketches published in the NP-UN will introduce the 14 university students who will serve an internship in the offices of 14 members of parliament, during the Spring Sitting of Parliament in 2019.

Mykola Antoniuk

Mykola Antoniuk

Mykola Antoniuk is a recipient of the Natalie Bundza Scholarship and will serve his 2019 Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program internship in the office of Jim Eglinski, MP for Yellowhead, Alberta. He earned an LLM degree at Taras Shevchenko National University. He was born in Berdychiv and is active in animal protection. He enjoys working in the field of international arbitration.
Mykola enjoys traveling, playing party and table games, cycling and running. He finds salvation in nature, music, books and exceptional people.

Yuliia Holopoteliuk

Yuliia Holopoteliuk

Yuliia Holopoteliuk is a recipient of 2019 Walter Surma Tarnopolsky Scholarship and will serve her internship in the office of Rosemarie Falk, MP from Battlefords—Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. She is a student at Kyiv Institute of National University Odesa Law Academy pursuing a BA in Law. She was born in Odesa and is working part-time as a paralegal in Ukrainian law firm “Redcliffe Partners”. She is also active as an assistant to the Head of Professional Government Association of Ukraine.
Yuliia has completed a number of internships and has acquired experience in government, private sector and civil society organizations.

Sofiia-Mariia Kuzminska

Sofiia-Mariia Kuzminska is the recipient of Senator Raynell Andreychuk Scholarship and will serve her 2019 Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program internship in the office of Shannon Stubbs, MP for Lakeland, Alberta. Sofiia is a student at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv pursuing an MA in International Law. She was born in Lviv. She is an active member of the moot court community at her university and has represented her school four times at various international moot court competitions. At leisure, Sofiia likes to read poetry and play volleyball.