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125 years of Ukrainian settlement marked

By Derrick Kunz


SASKATOON — A cultural extravaganza of music, song and dance by Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools’ students, along with an historical look at the waves of immigration, was recently held in Saskatoon to mark the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada.

Adorned in traditional dress, students from Bishop Filevich Ukrainian Bilingual School, who spent weeks rehearsing, presented the show May 19 to a capacity crowd at Lakeview Church.

“It really was a whole-school effort,” said Shelly Lord, principal at Bishop Filevich. “We’re blessed to have a really strong, close-knit community, and everyone pitched in to make the evening a truly wonderful celebration. I extend a huge thank you to our teachers, our families and the entire Saskatoon Ukrainian community for their continued support.”

According to Library and Archives Canada, Vasyl Eleniak and Ivan Pylypiw were the first recorded Ukrainian settlers to arrive in Canada in 1891. Approximately 150,000 Ukrainian immigrants arrived between 1891 and 1914, with the vast majority settling in the prairie provinces where they obtained land to farm. This was the first of three waves of Ukrainian settlement in Canada.

With 44 schools and nearly 17,000 students, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools provides education from pre-kindergarten through Grade 12, rooting students in their faith, helping them grow in knowledge, and encouraging them to reach out and transform the world.

Bishop Filevich Ukrainian Bilingual School is Saskatchewan’s only Ukrainian bilingual school.

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