January 2021 Canadian Newsletter
Greetings!
What an unusual Christmas season it has been! A year ago, who would have thought about doing Sviat Vechir, Koliada, Malanka and church services through online video technology? 

Having stayed in Ottawa for a quiet Christmas, I was kept busy dropping off food and gifts and keeping up with everyone who dropped something off at my door. There have been so many online concerts and videos to enjoy and Malanka is next week (see listings below)!

It’s been remarkable to see how our community organizations, churches, choirs, dance groups and others have creatively adapted. In many ways it’s brought us closer together to those who are furthest away. As nice as it is to see the faces of friends and family on a screen, nothing can replace being with our loved ones in person.

Thank you to all the frontline workers, especially those in our hospitals and care homes, who have been working so hard over the holidays to provide care and comfort to those in need. 

Thank you also to everyone who showed tremendous generosity with a financial gift to the UCC C & E Trust during our Koliada Campaign and throughout the past year. Your support sustains us and strengthens our ability to serve the community. If you’re able to make donation this year, please consider spreading it out into small monthly amounts, which will add up over the year. 

Looking ahead to 2021 it's difficult to make predictions. As UCC celebrates our 80th anniversary in 2021, we'll be looking back at how our community has faced and overcome various issues over the years.
I'm confident that this resiliency and energy will serve us well in the time ahead as we continue to support each other through challenging times.
Ihor Michalchyshyn
CEO & Executive Director

PS. You have until January 13th to add your ornaments to our online Yalynka Christmas Tree
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UCC STATEMENTS & NEWS

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) welcomed the announcement of over $25 million in support for Ukraine, made on December 10th, 2020 by the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, during a meeting with the UCC.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected women who play a crucial role in the health care, education and small business sectors.

International Human Rights Day
The following OpEd by Alexandra Chyczij was published on International Human Rights Day (December 10th, 2020).

"Today is International Human Rights Day. Heads of state or governments of democratic countries will make statements about the importance of defending the values and principles upon which the democracy is built..."

National day of Remembrance for Victims of Air Disasters
On the first anniversary of the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 by the Iranian regime, we honour the memory of the 176 innocent people – including 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents of Canada – who were killed on January 8, 2020.

We pray for the families and loved ones of the victims of Flight PS752 and all other civilian air disasters, and ask God, in the words of Scripture, to “heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.” They are in our hearts today, and every day.

DONOR'S CORNER
Happy New Year and Thank You to our Donors!

Happy New Year and thank you for helping us make sure that our future is bright!
З Новим Роком, дякуємо, що допомагаєте нам 
будувати наше майбутнє!
 
It has been almost a year since a global pandemic impacted nearly every aspect of our lives. We now stay home (except for essential travel) and see our loved ones virtually. COVID has changed how we function and interact with others, but it has not changed how we care for one another.

In 2020 I witnessed an outpouring of support towards our community. In particular, the UCC donors and supporters ensured that we continue working for our Ukrainian Canadian Community.

I wish I could personally thank and give a hug to every donor and board member for their donations and support to the UCC C&E Trust. To us, every dollar is important and is used wisely so it can impact our community where it matters most.

Thank you for believing in our work and our community!

Janine Kuzma, UCC National Fund Development Manager
COMMUNITY NEWS
Koliadas across Canada

Over the holiday break, many organizations thought of creative and engaging ways to sing koliady with each other.

Some organizations include:
  • SUSK
  • Oseredok
  • UFEST
  • Hoosli
  • POCA
  • PLAST
  • CYM
And many many more!

Viter Ukrainian Dancers and
Folk Choir Malanka

Soyuzivka Ukrainian Heritage Center



St. Vladimir Institute

Join the St. Vladimir Institute for their 2021 Virtual Malanka


Plast Winnipeg
Join the PLAST Winnipeg for their 2021 Virtual Malanka


Troyanda Dancers
Join the Troyanda dancers for their 2021 Virtual Malanka

If there is a Malanka we have missed please email us at: nationaloffice@ucc.ca
UPDATES FROM OUR COMMITTEES
UCC National Ukrainian Education Council
Запрошуємо до участі у ВСЕКАНАДСЬКІЙ КОНФЕРЕНЦІЇ УКРАЇНСЬКИХ ОСВІТЯН – 2021 «Українська освіта в Канаді: Нові реалії», яка відбудеться у травні 2021 року онлайн. 
 
Метою цієї конференції є підтримка співпраці та поширення знань серед вчителів української мови, культури та спадщини. Запрошуємо доповідачів подати заявки та тези виступу, які дадуть педагогам можливість ознайомитись з поточними навчальними підходами та ресурсами в галузі технологій, медіа, мистецтва, історії, традицій та дистанційного навчання учнів від дитячого садка до старшої школи. 

We invite you to participate in the National Conference for Ukrainian Educators – 2021, which will take place in May 2021 online.

The purpose of this conference is to support cooperation and dissemination of knowledge among teachers of the Ukrainian language, culture and heritage. We invite speakers to submit applications and abstracts that will give teachers the opportunity to learn about current learning approaches and resources in the field of technology, media, art, history, traditions and distance learning of students from kindergarten to high school.


ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies

The Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies is pleased to announce its call for applications for funding and awards opportunities in 2021–22.

A primary aim of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies is to foster, develop, and support Ukrainian studies in Canada and internationally. This is done in part by offering or administering post-doctoral fellowships, graduate fellowships (to master's and doctoral students), and scholarships to undergraduate students.

Recovering Indigenous-Ukrainian Narratives in East Central Alberta
The Kule Folklore Centre at the University of Alberta and the Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre at MacEwan University are pleased to invite you to a special event - presentation by Leah Hrycun entitled The Story of These Lands: Recovering Indigenous-Ukrainian Narratives in East Central Alberta. January 28, 2021

Ukrainian Institute 2021–2022
The Ukrainian Institute, the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, and EdEra are pleased to present you the first online course on Ukraine’s history and culture in English.
It aims to provide basic knowledge of Ukrainian history and culture as well as reveal Ukraine's role in European and world history and dispel stereotypes. 

Governor in Council appointments are public appointments by the Government of Canada to Crown corporations and federal entities (such as boards, agencies and commissions etc.)
We encourage qualified Ukrainian Canadians to put their names forward and to serve Canada and its people.
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