DID YOU KNOW:
5,000 Ukrainians were forcibly taken to internment camps scattered throughout Canada from 1914 to 1920 as “enemy aliens”?
They were stripped of their property?
80,000 Canadians, many Ukrainian, were required to register and report regularly to officials?
Men in camps were “hungry as dogs” and made to do back breaking work year round?
Others were discharged from work?
Women and children were left to fend for themselves on remote farms?
Some camps included women and children?
Many of your Ukrainian Canadian forefathers never spoke about this humiliating period of their life?
Projects the USF-BC has been involved in:
Recovery Room Documentary
This multi-award winning documentary directed by Adrian Luhovy captured viewers’ hearts and minds. It illustrated the devastating human toll of the Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine, however, Luhovy also demonstrated injured Ukrainian soldiers’ resilience and never ending hope for the future, as well as the compassion of the Canadian medical team volunteers in Ukraine. The Foundation co-hosted the screening in October 2018.
Taras Schevchenko School
The Foundation continues to give grants to the Taras Shevchenko School in Vancouver. The school has offered Ukrainian classes to adults for over 20 years, with materials prepared to meet the needs of students at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
Second Chance Documentary
The production of Second Chance, a documentary by young director Adriana Luhovy, was supported by USF-BC. In October, 2017, the Foundation co-hosted the screening of this moving portrayal of how orphaned children in Ukraine attending camps sponsored and staffed with Canadian and Ukrainian volunteers learn to push on with the challenges they face and help each other.
“SPADOK” Archive Project
Archives of the Ukrainian community in British Columbia have been catalogued, scanned and digitized through the archive maintaining program Spadok. USF-BC’s financial assistance has made early archival records, publications, letters and other documents from the Ukrainian Canadian Congress of BC available through Spadok’s website.
USF-BC’s generous support to the University of British Columbia allowed for Ukrainian language courses at the 3rd and 4th year levels to thrive for seven years. USF-BC also made possible the inclusion of Ukrainian at Simon Fraser University’s Language Training Institute.
Ukrainian Language Schools
Both the Ukrainian Heritage Language School, the Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian Language School in Vancouver and other schools were recipients of multiple grants from USF-BC. The schools offered a comprehensive program of Ukrainian language, culture, history and the arts for students from beginning to advanced levels.
Children of Maidan come to Vancouver
USF-BC and Ukrainians in Vancouver welcomed a group of 14 young students from Ukraine at a community dinner. These courageous young people presented personal accounts of their experiences in or the impact of revolutionary events that took place in Ukraine in 2014. USF-BC provided funds to host this welcome dinner. The youth participated in a summer program and ESL classes sponsored by OWL and the Vancouver Ukrainian community.
Echoes of Ukraine Series
USF-BC is funding the digitalization of Vancouver’s long-running Ukrainian community television series Echoes of Ukraine. Dancing the Dream is but one of many programs. USF-BC has also funded yet-to-be released documentary Children of Hope by Adriana Luhovy
Vakhtang Kipiani, speaker on Ukraine’s Historical Truth-July 2015, Vancouver USF-BC supported an evening with the editor of Istorychna Pravda (www. istpravda.com.ua). Mr. Kipiani’s work focuses on correcting deliberate historical untruths that permeate Ukrainian education and society
Dr. Lubomyr Luciuk, Lecture
Dr. Lubomyr Yaroslav Luciuk is a Canadian academic and author of books and articles in the field of political geography and Ukrainian history. USF-BC has funded and partnered with other organizations to bring to British Columbia’s communities interesting speakers on pertinent issues.
From Pacific to Atlantic
In 2014, USF-BC funded the Canadian première of a film montage on the history-changing events of Maidan in Kyiv, Ukraine.
A feature length English language documentary on the 1932-1933 Famine Genocide in Soviet Ukraine when millions were deliberately starved to death by Stalin’s regime; it also describes the accompanying destruction of Ukraine’s religious, academic, cultural and political leadership. USF-BC funded the English translation and hosted Vancouver showing.
A novel that brings the horrifying history of wartime Ukraine to life, USF-BC supported book launches in Vancouver and Surrey, B.C.
A Hunger Most Cruel
A Ukrainian short fiction translated into English about the terror-famine that ravaged Soviet Ukrainian territories in the early 1930s. The book features selected works by three authors whose unflinching honesty and complementary perspectives on the horrific events around which narratives are constructed create a compelling set of vivid, disturbing, and haunting images of the human toll that this ideologically motivated artificial famine exacted. USF-BC supported printing of the second edition
Maria: A Chronicle of a Life
A story about a village woman’s loves, losses, and daily toil, from the emancipation of serfs in 1861 to one of the most tragic periods in human history– the 1932-33 Holodomor, or Famine-Genocide. USF-BC supported and co-hosted the book launch in Vancouver.
A day in Hollywood, Night in Ukraine
A dinner event featuring a multimedia lecture by Dr. Denis Hlynka: Based on research conducted for over a dozen years, Dr. Hlynka examined how Ukrainian themes have infiltrated the mainstream of North American popular culture. USF-BC promoted and co-hosted this dinner presentation.