Deron Bilous, Alberta’s Minister of Economic Development and Trade, has declared “Alberta’s Year of the Ukrainian-Canadian” during celebrations of the 125th year of Ukrainian immigration to Canada. The minister made the announcement while speaking during Ukrainian Day celebrations at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village.
“Generations of Ukrainians overcame many challenges for a new start in Alberta. They helped build this incredible province and, as one of their many descendants, I take tremendous pride in honouring that contribution on behalf of the Government of Alberta.
“I therefore declare 2016-2017 as ‘Alberta’s Year of the Ukrainian-Canadian.’
“Today, more than 345,000 Albertans are of Ukrainian descent and our province continues to welcome newcomers from Ukraine, in this 25th year of Ukraine’s independence.
“This declaration recognizes and commemorates the accomplishments and contributions of Ukrainian Canadians to our society in every way from culture and the arts, to education, to business and public service.”
Minister Bilous also announced Alberta’s Year of the Ukrainian Canadian will be brought forward for proclamation during the fall session of the legislature.