Ukrainians' Day will be annually celebrated in the Canadian province


The Canadian province of Alberta will now designate September, 7 as Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Day, starting in 2017. 

The date marks the day in 1891 when the first documented settlers from Ukraine, Ivan Pylypiv and Vasyl Yelyniak, came to the province. 

'Ukrainian culture has become a part of Alberta culture', Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous told.

There are 345,000 people of Ukrainian heritage in Alberta. Bilous said his own grandfather, a shoemaker, came to Canada from Ukraine nearly 90 years ago, '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 of us'.

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