The Ukrainian Canadian Congress, originally named the Ukrainian Canadian Committee, was established in November 1940 on the initiative of the Federal Government of Canada and non-Communist Ukrainian organisations to organise a broad Ukrainian community into an umbrella-like framework for a united war effort during the Second World War and Postwar period. Although politically and religiously neutral UCC has played a vital role in advocating for their resettlement in this country on behalf of the 200,000 Ukrainian refugees trapped in Western Europe after the conflict with the federal government of Canada. Later the post-war shifts in the image of the population, including urbanisation and the movement towards higher education, inevitably contributed to cultural and lingual assimilation.
Nowadays UCC has been establishing multilevel leadership through its regional and municipal affiliates and have been instrumental in raising matters of interest to the broader community including unique interests of the young generation of Ukrainian Canadians at the correct policy level.
Folklorama made a profound impact on Ukrainian Community. Folklorama was first held in August 1970.It was originally intended to be a one-time occurrence in celebration of Manitoba’s centennial. It was deemed such a success that it became an annual event. The first festival was only a week long, featuring 21 different cultures; it drew approximately 75,000 separate pavilion visits.
Ukraine-Kyiv Pavilion is among four of the original pavilions that still exists today and has participated in all 48 Folklorama festivals since 1970.
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