AB-Ukraine Genealogical Project

AUGP to Celebrate 125th Anniversary of Ukrainian Settlement in Canada at Ukrainian Festivals across Alberta

By partnering with Ukrainian Festivals across Alberta, the Alberta-Ukrainian Genealogical Project (AUGP) is pleased to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada! The AUGP exhibit will be part of the Calgary Ukrainian Festival, Edmonton Heritage Festival, Ukrainian Day (UCHV), and the Babas and Borshch Festival in Lamont.

This summer, the AUGP exhibit will include pamphlets, finding aids, a demonstration of its Family History Portal website, and other materials relating to family history research. The final deadline has passed for applicants to the Centenary Pioneer Recognition Program, but we are prepared and look forward to assisting visitors with learning about their family history. We hope you have the opportunity to find us and discover some enlightening information!

Calgary Ukrainian Festival, June 3rd & 4th
This coming weekend, the AUGP is pleased to partner with Calgary’s annual Ukrainian Festival. Since its inception eight years ago, the Calgary Ukrainian Festival has been attracting thousands of Ukrainians and non-Ukrainians alike as participants and spectators. It has attracted people not only from Calgary and area, but from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the eastern Canadian provinces.

Edmonton Heritage Festival, August 5th - 7th
The annual Edmonton Heritage Festival is an opportunity to sample tasty food, watch performances, and learn about other cultures. Over 100 countries, including Ukraine, are represented at 71 pavilions. Admission to the festival is free and performances take place on more than 25 stages in Hawrelak Park. AUGP is pleased to partner with this festival and add a family history flavor to the event.

Ukrainian Day, Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, August 13th

AUGP is pleased to partner with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Alberta Provincial Council in this annual celebration of Ukrainian cultural heritage, including dance, food, music and demonstrations. This event marks the culmination of our year as plaques for 2016 nominees are unveiled and certificates are bestowed for 2017 nominees at the Bandshell. Take a tour of the historical farms, rural community, and town site and experience live interpretation or take part in crafts, displays, and performances.

The Babas & Borshch Ukrainian Festival in Lamont, August 26th and 27th
The annual Babas and Borshch festival takes place in Lamont this year, and features displays, demonstrations, its popular borshch cook-off, and a lively Zabava. Ukrainians and non-Ukrainians alike enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of Ukrainian culture throughout the weekend. The AUGP partners with this festival to engage the public in learning about their family history.
The Centenary Pioneer Recognition Program has been in operation since 2003. The AUGP is in its last year and the final unveiling of plaques will occur in 2018. Pioneers included on the monument were not required to be of Ukrainian origin, just residents of East Central Alberta prior to 1915.
For media inquiries please contact the Alberta-Ukraine Genealogical Project by e-mail at AB- Ukraine.Genealogy@gov.ab.ca, or telephone (780) 431-2324
Alberta-Ukraine Genealogical Project Room 123, Old St. Stephen’s College 8820-112 Street?Edmonton, AB T6G 2P8
Further information about the work of the Alberta-Ukraine Genealogical Project and its initiatives can be found on its website. A list of people who are already on the Centennial Pioneer Recognition monument can be found at https://sites.ualberta.ca/~ukrville/Family_History_Portal/centenary/plaque%20names.html.