UCC Congratulates Ontario on Ukrainian Heritage Day

Winnipeg, Manitoba- March 30, 2011-The Ukrainian Canadian Congress today congratulated the legislature in the province of Ontario and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Ontario Provincial Council (UCC-OPC) on the passage of Canada’s first Ukrainian Heritage Day.

“In the context of the 120th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada, it is appropriate for government’s to acknowledge the role of Ukrainians as nation builders in settling this country,” stated UCC National President Paul Grod.  “In this regard, I would like to congratulate Gerry Martiniuk, MPP (Cambridge) for introducing the bill, and co-sponsors Donna Cansfield, MPP (Etobicoke Centre) and Cheri DiNovo, MPP (Parkdale-High Park).  We are pleased that all parties supported this important legislation.”

Bill 155, the Ukrainian Heritage Day Act proclaims September 7thof each year as Ukrainian Heritage Day in the province of Ontario.  During the debate of the Ukrainian Heritage Day Act, MPPs of all three parties rose to voice their support of the bill and to reflect upon the many contributions that Ukrainian Canadians have made to Ontario.

“I would like to congratulate UCC Ontario Provincial Council president Yvan Baker and his executive on their hard work in making this very important initiative a reality,” said Grod.  “In this one hundred and twentieth anniversary of Ukrainian Canadian settlement, we encourage the federal government and provinces to take measures to properly recognize the contribution of Ukrainians to building Canada.”

About the Ukrainian Canadian Congress

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress is the voice of Canada’s Ukrainian community.  The Congress brings together under one umbrella all the national, provincial and local Ukrainian Canadian organizations. Together with its member organizations, the UCC has been leading, coordinating and representing the interests of one of Canada’s largest ethnic communities (1.2 million) for 70 years and instrumental in shaping Canada’s social, economic and political landscape.

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