Sharing your Stories of Our Ukrainian Canadian Journey
2016 marks the 125th Anniversary of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada. Vesna Festival is collecting stories and photographs to share with our community. 125 of these stories will be featured at Vesna Festival and many other community events during this commorative year.
In 1891, the first Ukrainian immi-grants made the difficult journey to Canada seeking a new life of cultural and economic freedom. Those original pioneers and the many waves of Ukrainians who have since made the same journey have contributed to building a strong, culturally rich and vibrant Canada.
The Ukrainian community in Saskatoon is marking this special anniversary at several special events in and around Saskatoon. The Government of Saskatchewan has also declared that 2016 is the year of Saskatchewan Ukrainians.
A big THANK YOU to all of you who shared their stories.
Information about the 125th Anniversary Logo
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress unveiled the official logo for the celebrations marking the 125th anniversary. The logo was designed by Ukrainian Canadian artist Oleh Lesiuk.
The artist explained that 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 are transformed into three flying cranes. These powerful, intelligent and enduring birds, “zhuravli” in Ukrainian, appear often in Ukrainian music and folklore and are known in Canada as well. They 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 the family as the 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.
Mr. Lesiuk was born in 1959 in Lviv, and since 1992 has been living in Canada, where he works in studio (compositions and portraits) and on-site (monumental sculpture and murals).