September 10, 2011

2011 | 120th Anniversary of Ukrainian Settlement in Canada • “KANADA- UKRAINA 120”

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress will be actively participating in an historical commemoration to be held on Victoria Day, May 23rd, as part of Opening Day festivities at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, east of Edmonton.

The event, spearheaded by the Alberta-Ukraine Genealogical Project, will celebrate the arrival in 1891/92 of the first settlers from the village of Nebyliv in Galicia, Austro-Hungary, to develop homesteads and create a Ukrainian colony at Edna-Star, Alberta.

Descendants of Iwan Pylypow, Nykola & Anna Tychkowsky and Anton & Magda Paish have been invited to this ceremonial installation of a replica homestead marker, which will become part of the Ukrainian Village’s permanent interpretive display. The Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association will be in attendance to add authenticity and a wider historical context to the occasion.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress National Executive chose this opportunity to officially launch their jubilee year, marking the 120th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada. The winning submission of artwork chosen as the official 120th Anniversary logo will be unveiled and inaugurated.

This special event will take place Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 11 am. The public and media are welcome to attend.

Description of the logo design
120th Anniversary of Ukrainian Settlement in Canada

by Oleh Lesiuk

This logo commemorates 120 years of Ukrainian Settlement in 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 “120” indicates 120 years of settlement.

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