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Contributions to Canada by Ukrainian People

Ukrainian Canadians have contributed greatly to many aspects of Canadian culture and everyday life.

Spencer Samoil

on 28 January 2013

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Contributions to Canada by Ukrainian Canadians By, Spencer Ukrainian Canadians have contributed greatly
to Modern and Historic Canadian Society. All these contributions come in different forms like culture, politics and history. These contributions make Ukrainian People more of an icon for parts of Canadian Society. Without these contributions Ukrainian Canadians would be less known in Canada. Ukrainian Canadians also make up 3.9% of Canada's population. CULTURE Ukrainian Culture is something special. Something unique and diverse that has a heavy focus on arts. Different types of arts also. DANCING & PAINTING Ukrainian Dancing is known worldwide,
and Ukrainian Canadians helped it get to the fame it has now. Canada is home to some of the greatest and most famous Ukrainian Dance groups in the world, rivaling even those from the Ukraine! Some are professional groups like Edmonton's Shumka Dance Group plus hundreds of amateur groups. This dance style came to Canada thanks to immigrants from the Ukraine who brought their native heritage and traditions with them to Canada. They settled largely in Canada, Australia, The United States of America, and South America. Pysanky Ukrainian People, Canadian or not are recognized for their creative work on their elaborately designed Easter Eggs, otherwise known as Pysanky in Ukrainian. The worlds largest Pysanky is in Vegreville, Alberta. This is one of the many iconic pieces of Ukrainian Culture. FOOD Believe it or not, food is an important part of Ukrainian culture. Special foods are made on holidays such as Easter and Christmas that are not made at other times of the year. The most well known foods are borshch (a vegetable soup, usually with beets), holobtsi (cabbage rolls), pyrohy or varenyky (dumplings often called "perogies"), and kovbasa (garlic sausage). Ukrainians aren't really known for their unique music. Most of the music involves a heavy use of the Accordion and multiple other instruments, and the vocal work is majority of the time done in the Ukrainian language. But some influential people in Canadas cultural scene that are involved with music are Randy Bachman, the Canadian Bandurist Capella, Ron Cahute, Rick Danko, Chantal Kreviazuk, and Canadian Idol season 2 runner-up Theresa Sokyrka! MUSIC There are also many other people well known outside of the Ukrainian Community, Contributors to Canada's Culture. Actress and comedian Luba Goy, singer Gloria Kaye, and painter William Kurelek. ONE OF THE BIGGEST CONTRIBUTIONS by Ukrainian Canadians towards Canada's wider array of Cultural background would have to be Multiculturalism. Multiculturalism has is a big topic, it has been promoted and disliked by many since as early as 1964. During and after the debates surrounding the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism Ukrainian leaders, such as Jaroslav Rudnyckyj. They were quick to challenge the English on their "favoritism" towards the French when it came to multiculturalism. They thought that the other groups that had made major contributions to Canada in many ways were not being considered for the benefits of multiculturalism. Which they had clearly earned with their contributions to Canadian society. Later Prime Minister Trudeau shifted Canada to a policy of official multiculturalism. POLITICS Many Ukrainians fled places such as Russia,
Poland and Romania. Then later Soviet
Russia to seek a better life in Canada. They
called Canada the "anti Russia". The reasoning for this is because here they could
realize their political and economic ideas and potential. Many Ukrainian people were anti-soviet. Ukrainians also played a key role in creating The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation and the New Democratic Party. With the success of Ukrainians in Canada, once Ukraine became a independent country. Canada was one of the first countries to recognize the Ukraine and their new found independence. Since this Canada has almost been like the Ukraine's older brother. Watching out for it and supporting it in political and economic disputes. Ukrainians have more influence in Canada
then any other East European group. Because of this, they have had many influential people contributing to Canadian politics. Ray Hnatyshyn was the 24th Governor General of Canada (1990–1995). He also was the first Governor General of Ukrainian decent. Ed Stelmach became premier of Alberta in 2006, he is from Ukrainian Decent also. Stelmach is a grandson of Ukrainian immigrants and also speaks fluent Ukrainian. HISTORY Ukrainian Canadians have not only contributed to Canada with their Politics and Culture but they have also contributed to Canada's rich History and Heritage. History is something every country has and Canada has a very rich and well known history that Ukrainian Canadians have contributed to in more ways than one. FIRST WAVE The first wave of immigrants is referred to as "The First Wave". The first wave of immigrants came 1891-1914 and it brought with it, several families that had come to settle in Canada. The Edna-Star Settlement east of Edmonton was the first and largest block settlement. Later on, immigrants from Eastern Ukraine (currently ruled by Russian Monarchy) left and came to Canada looking for a better life. From 1891 to 1914 approx. 170,000 Ukrainian immigrants had come to Canada. Ukrainian Canadians also have helped Canada learn its lesson on some topics. During the first World War, Canada considered Ukraine a possible enemy and had considered the Ukrainian Canadian immigrants "aliens of enemy nationality". So they locked them up in camps to prevent them from betraying Canada and fighting for Ukraine. The government has since considered this as a "dark period" in Canada's history and have donated $2.5 million dollars to fund memorials and educational exhibits. SECOND WAVE In 1923 Canada allowed citizens of the Austrian Empire to once again re-enter Canada, thereby starting Ukrainian immigration anew. From 1924 to 1939 70,000 Ukrainians immigrated to Canada. Later on many Ukrainian people were immigrating because of the struggle for Ukrainian independence during the Russian Civil War. From here on out the Ukrainian people established themselves among Canada as an important part of its national identity. They integrated their culture perfectly into Canada's, now it is an iconic and recognizable part of Canada. How has collective rights legislation over time shaped who we are as Canadians? I think that collective rights are an important part of Canada, something that lets it stand out among the worlds nations. We are lucky to have as many rights as we do and i think that is why Canada is such a desired place to live. In many countries people are executed for doing something as simple as going outside. Also since we are such a peaceful and outgoing country, it attracts other people from other countries to come here and make us an even more multicultural nation. A more diverse country. That is what the legislation does right. It provides laws that keep everyone equal when it comes to most rights and it brings immigrants into our country to provide a good work force and a big opportunity to diversify Canada. So all in all, the legislation has shaped Canada and its people into a more welcoming society and group of people who are fair and treat people of other nations equally. What a society should be.
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