Fall 2016 - Bill 26: Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Day Act
MLA Jessica Littlewood introduced the Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Day Act in the Legislature on November 2, 2016.
This is from her speech introducing second reading. Bill 26 passed third reading the same day.
"Today there are approximately 345,000 Albertans of Ukrainian descent in Alberta.
Ukrainian settlers were among the first Europeans to arrive on the Treaty 6, 7 and 8 traditional lands that make up our province.
These settlers, many farmers, brought with them hardy strains of wheat that became a critical part of the growing economy of Alberta.
Over time, Ukrainian culture has become an integral part of Alberta culture.
There are renowned Ukrainian dance companies from Alberta that delight audiences worldwide.
Albertans of Ukrainian heritage have made tremendous contributions in every aspect of Alberta society.
From business and industry, to academia, public service, culture and sports, Ukrainian Albertans have made Alberta a better place for all.
Today, I am also happy to inform you of a number of significant anniversaries for the Ukrainian community this year.
It is the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada; and, the 25th Anniversary of Ukrainian independence.
Canada’s ties to Ukraine remain strong as on July 11 of this year, Canada and Ukraine signed the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement, or CUFTA."
Bill 26 establishes September 7 as Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Day in Alberta.
September 7, 2016 will be the first day celebrated in this manner.
That day also marks the beginning of Alberta's Year of the Ukrainian-Canadian.