September Newsletter

Dear ,

"You're the guy who sends us all those emails!" has to be the most frequent response that I get when introducing myself to people at events across Canada.  I'm always grateful to meet our friends and supporters and listen to your ideas for the future.  
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September has been a busy month for everyone, as students and teachers return to school, organizations hold their first meetings and our community calendar fills up with events.  One  highlight was celebrating the Montreal and Toronto Ukrainian Festivals, where we had both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Leader of the Opposition Andrew Scheer reaffirm their strong support for Ukraine.

Another highlight of the past month was the opening of the new Ukrainian consulate in Edmonton serving Western Canada.  How fitting that this event took place on Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Day in Alberta, and featured a keynote address by Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs.

With the start of Parliament last week, UCC continues to press the Canadian government to enact stronger sanctions on Russian officials involved in the cases of Ukrainian political prisoners.  We need your help to reach out to all Members of Parliament to let them know that there is widespread support for strong sanctions on Russian human rights violators.  Please contact your local UCC provincial council or branch, or  UCC's National Office to learn how you can help.

In the month ahead, we'll be highlighting the wonderful work of our local branches and provincial councils on our Facebook page.  You'll see the vitality and strength of our community across Canada, built on the foundations of those first pioneers and now welcoming all generations and newcomers.


Ihor Michalchyshyn


The long-awaited Consulate of Ukraine was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Edmonton, September 7.  The Consulate is located in Edmonton and  will serve Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia to meet the growing demand for consular services.

For full  coverage,  click here

Parliamentary Internship Program
New UCC Interns Recall First Week 
Our 2018-19 UCC Parliamentary Interns are hard at work and have worked their first two weeks on Parliament Hill. Hear the first hand accounts from our interns, Larysa Lewycky's (Office of Michael Levitt) and Volodomyr Palagniuk's (Office of Peter Kent), here

UCC Provincial Council Awards
Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba Announce Winners 
This month, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) team has visited the Montreal Ukrainian Festival during the weekend of September 7-9, 2018 and the Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival in Toronto, which took place on September 14-16, 2018.

For the full summary (with photos), 
click here  

Ukrainian Festivals
UCC Participates in Montreal and Toronto Festivals 
This month, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) team visited the Montreal Ukrainian Festival during the weekend of September 7-9, 2018 and the Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival in Toronto, which took place on September 14-16, 2018.

For the full summary (with photos), 
click here  

REACH Mentorship
New Arts Mentorship Program Announced 
In September the Shevchenko Foundation, together with the Ihnatowycz Family Foundation, launched the REACH Mentorship/Residency for the Arts program to help artists reach new heights.

To learn more about the program,  click here  

Rafael Lemkin honoured in New York City
Plaque honoring Raphael Lemkin is unveiled at Ukrainian Institute of America

Ukrainian Institute of America (UIA) and the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation unveil the bronze likeness of Dr. Lemkin (sculpted by Oleh Lesiuk) on a quadrilingual - English, Ukrainian, Hebrew and Yiddish - plaque, to be permanently displayed at the UIA.

For the full article,  click here  

Commemoration ceremonies have already started taking place across Canada ahead of the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor. To follow the Ukrainian World Congress "Light a Candle of Remembrance" project across Canada and the globe, visit the Holodomor85 website.

For an up-to-date list of Holodomor Awareness resources, visit the UCC Holodomor Awareness Committee website.

For Holodomor Education resources, visit the Holodomor Research & Education Consortium.



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