Celebrating 125



Points of History

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125 Trivia

Celebrating Coast to Coast

125th Celebrations Launch
– Journey to Canada Exhibit at Pier 21

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Poster VERTICAL - Pier 21 draft 06-28-16


Journey 1 Journey 2 Journey 3


Ukrainian Artist and exhibit author Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn and Pier 21 Dan Conlin talk to CTV Atlantic’s Cyril Lunney about the new exhibit “Journey to Canada – Ukrainian Immigration Experiences 1891-1900”. To view the interview, please click here: http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/pier-21-canadian-museum-of-immigration


“CANADA- HERE WE ARE” Photo Project.


Canada has the third largest population of ethnic  Ukrainians behind Ukraine and Russia. Canadians born in Canada, of Ukrainian heritage, make up 3.7 % of our population. Where did they all come from originally?

The first major immigration  of 170,000 rural farmers  came primarily from Galicia and Bukovina in western Ukraine. Ivan Pylypiw and Wasyl Eleniak, who arrived in 1891, are generally considered the first two Ukrainian immigrants to Canada. Immigration grew substantially after 1896 as Canada promoted the immigration of farmers from Eastern Europe.

The second wave  of immigrants followed WWI,  who continued to settle in the Prairies. After the end of WWII many Ukrainians who were displaced in Europe found a home in Canada and settled in Ontario and Quebec. This made up the third wave of immigrants. With the fall of the USSR, many Ukrainians from all over Ukraine, decided to immigrate to Canada to reunite with families or look for a better future for themselves and their families.

Most Ukrainian Canadians can trace their roots back to one of these 4 major waves. Which one represents your family? Who in your family took the giant leap and moved to Canada? When and how did they get here?

Search through your photo albums and find the one photo that represents your families journey to the new country – Canada.

Our cumulative task is to find 125 photos of new Canadians , who decided to call Canada home. We are looking for one photo to represent various years and decades of this history. This will be a wonderful time capsule and a chance to have your family represented in this commemorative photo stream.


Please look for the “CANADA- HERE WE ARE” photo Project.
Search – for your favourite photo representing you or a family member arriving to Canada.

Write- tell us something about the photo- who, when, what were the circumstances, place of arrival and settlement.

Send – email this photo and information electronically to Lesia Demkowicz in Winnipeg at: ucc@ucc.ca or Lesia@ucc.ca


PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR the Photo Gallery to come.

Renata 125th Photo Project

The Logo

by Oleh Lesiuk. 
This logo commemorates 125 years of Ukrainian immigration to Canada. The logo consists of three parts. The bottom part symbolizes four Waves of immigration to Canada. These are the waves of the ocean to be overcome, the waves of people that brought new hopes and dreams to a new land. In the central part of the logo people transform into the three flying cranes. These powerful, intelligent and enduring birds appear often in Ukrainian music and folklore and are known in Canada as well. Zhuravli, as they are called in Ukrainian, are a long-standing symbol of migrating from one’s own nest to travel to far lands, possibly never to return again. The group of cranes symbolizes a family as a foundation of society. Once settled in a new land they strive to desired heights.  The national crest of Ukraine – the Golden Trident (Tryzub), superimposed on a blue crane, symbolizes the country of origin. The wings of the cranes ultimately transform into a Maple Leaf – the national symbol of Canada. The number “125” indicates 125 years of immigration to Canada.
About the Artist
Oleh Lesiuk
Born in 1959 in Lviv, Ukraine.
In 1981, graduated with honours from the Lviv National Academy of Applied and Decorative Arts. Commenced his work at the Sculpture Department of the Ivan Trush  College of Applied Arts.
Lives and creates in Canada since 1992. Works in studio (compositions and portraits) and on-site (monumental sculpture and murals).
Since 1980 has been a participant in numerous group exhibits in Ukraine, Russia, Italy, USA and Canada. Has had three solo exhibitions in Toronto.  Organized and participated in three symposiums in wood sculpture.
Created several monuments, monumental signs, park sculptures and memorial plaques in Ukraine, USA, Canada, France and Great Britain.
Earned numerous awards and grants.  Among them, in 2006, received a
Monument Builders of North America Civic/Public Award for the Monument in Rochester, NY, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Settlement.
Member of the National Artists’ Union of Ukraine, the Sculptors’ Society of Canada, President of the Ukrainian Association of Visual Artists of Canada and Vice- President  of the Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation.
Some of Oleh’s latest projects include: Gilding Restoration of the Canadian Parliament Library in Ottawa; Bronze sculptures for the BCU Foundation, World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations, Social Services Canada,  Restoration of the “Sacred Heart” sculpture for the St. Joseph Health Centre, Toronto, ON; Wood Crucifix and Reliefs for the Saviour of the World Chinese Catholic Church, Mississauga ON; Gilding Restoration of the Icon Wall of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Toronto, ON.
Oleh’s artwork is in private and public collections in Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Italy, USA and Canada.
Among them are:
Former President of Ukraine, Honourable Viktor Yushchenko;
Roy J. Romanow, Q.C., Commissioner and Former Premier of Saskatchewan;
Former Toronto Mayor David Miller;
Late Former Chicago Mayor Richard J. Dayle, USA;
Canadian Journalist and award winning Author Victor Malarek;
Senator of Canada A. Raynell Andreychuk;
Luba Goy, actress, “Air Canada Farce”