October Newsletter

Dear ,

Throughout October, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress proudly showcased the work of our provincial councils and local branches through our National Campaign. We are truly amazed at the breadth and depth of work undertaken by the volunteers at local branches and provincial councils across Canada!

Next week the Ukrainian Canadian Congress will be celebrating 78 years since our founding Congress (November 7 & 8, 1940).   To mark this special occasion, we are extending the National Campaign for an additional week until November 8.  This means that you have additional time to make an online donation in support of your local branch or provincial council and the national UCC.

You can easily make your online donation at  ucc.ca/nationalcampaign

UCC's Annual General Meeting takes place in Montreal on December 8, featuring the National Leadership Dinner with the Honourable Marie Claude Bibeau, Canada's Minister of International Development. Tickets for the dinner are available online .

I would also like to thank the UCC Toronto organizing team for a very moving official unveiling of the Holodomor Memorial a few weeks ago. They did a particularly good job at including our youth as part of the ceremonies, something which is critical to engage future generations on the awareness, commemoration and remembrance of this Genocide.


Ihor Michalchyshyn
UCC CEO & Executive Director


On October 21, 2018 the official Unveiling of Toronto's Holodomor Memorial Parkette took place. The Memorial is the largest and most significant project undertaken by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) Toronto Branch in recent history.  T his momentous event was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, Ukrainian First Vice-Prime-Minister  Stepan Kubiv, and Mayor of Toronto John Tory.

For the photo gallery ,  click here

Holodomor: 85th Anniversary
2018 National Canada Events Listing Announced

The Ukrainian-Canadian community is actively planning events across the country. The UCC is compiling a comprehensive list of events across Canada commemorating the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor: the Famine Genocide in Ukraine (1932-33). 

For the full list of events,  click here  
If you do not see your local event listed, contact nationaloffice@ucc.ca

2019 Ukrainian Elections 
UCC Calls on Canadian Government to Support Ukrainian Democracy
This month, the UCC prepared a briefing note for the Government of Canada to support Ukraine's democracy heading into presidential and parliamentary elections in 2019. Canada has a long and successful track record of bilateral election observation missions in Ukraine.

For the full statement with briefing note, 
click here  

Operation UNIFIER
UCC Manitoba Hosts Community Appreciation Event  
On October 14th, the Winnipeg Ukrainian community hosted an appreciation event for members of the Canadian Army, especially Officers and NCOs from 2 PPCLI, who had served in Ukraine as part of Operation UNIFIER training the Ukrainian army as it defends the territorial integrity of Ukraine and western values against Russian aggression.
The event was well attended with close to 400 people in attendance. 

For the full photo gallery provided by Norbert Iwan, Click Here

Bulava Awards: Manitoba
UCC Manitoba Hosts Awards Event 
This fall, UCC Manitoba Provincial Council was pleased to once again host the annual Bulava Awards Ceremony.  The Bulava Award is dedicated to the celebration and acknowledgement of Manitobans who have contributed their time, energy and expertise to enhance our Ukrainian Canadian community in Manitoba ensuring it remains strong, vibrant and active for future genera tions.

For the full release (with photos),  Click Here   

Hetman Awards: Alberta
UCC Alberta Hosts Awards Event 
On Saturday October 20, UCC Alberta hosted the Annual Hetman Awards to acknowledge significant volunteer achievements of outstanding Ukrainian Albertans. The Hetman Awards are dedicated to the celebration of all volunteers who have chosen to give their time, effort and expertise in order to keep the Alberta Ukrainian community
strong, vibrant and active.

For the photo gallery,  Click Here   

Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Historic Decision on Independence for Ukraine's Orthodox Church

On October 12th, the UCC warmly welcomed the historic decision by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate recognizing the right to independence of Ukraine's Orthodox Church.
"The decision announced by the Holy Synod has been awaited by millions
 of Ukrainian faithful for many decades," stated Paul Grod, National President
 of the UCC. "This is cause for all Ukrainians around the world to rejoice,
no matter their faith, confession, or religious allegiance."

For the full release,  click here  


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