Saturday, September 19, 2009

Ukrainian Pioneer Monument - Winnipeg Manitoba Canada - 1891-1943

Ukrainian Monument Ceremony, 5 September, 1943, St. Andrew's, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 6 September, 1943, page 3.

In September of 1943, members of Winnipeg's Ukrainian community celebrated the blessing of a new monument erected on the St. Andrew's Ukrainian Catholic Church grounds.

Reverend Canon P. Bozyk and Reverend J. Bala conducted the mass that morning, and Bishop Neil Sawaryn conducted the ceremony, with the assistance of Father Bozyk, Rev. S. Shewchuk and Father Bala.

Canon Bozyk said:

"For those who were much like you, and, who to build up our Canada, died in the tunels, in the mines, in the forests, in the rocky hills of Ontario, and during their many and varied wanderings in search of work, we pray and bow our heads to them in humble respect..."1

Joseph A. Dyma, of Winnipeg, a pioneer, unveiled the monument which read:

Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the settlement of Ukrainians in Canada. Wasyl Eleniak and Iwan Pylypiwsky, pioneer settlers, Sept. 7, 1891. Long live Canada. 2

Other pioneers reported as present on this occasion were:

J. Kowalchuk, J. Danyliuk, J. Sydor, T. Feduk, J. Zielkowsky, T. Oleskiw, J. Stepko, J. Swidiuk, Mrs. Chopek, Mrs. Tomkins, Mrs. Zahirna, Mrs. Krezanowska, Mrs. Panechak and Mr. and Mrs. Pylypshuk. Wasyl Elaniak was not able to attend, but sent a letter which was read by Mr. H. Kuz.

Alderman J. Stepnuk, M. Zaharnchuk and Peter Taraska, school trustees, also spoke at the ceremony.

Note: in 1942 a monument to Canada's Ukrainian soldiers had been unveiled on the Church grounds.


1. "Unveil Monument to Ukrainians", Winnipeg Free Press, Manitoba, Canada, 6 September, 1943, page 1, photographs, including one of Joseph A. Dyma. (Spelling of some of the pioneers' names varies from the Tribune article. The Tribune's spelling has been used here.)

2. "Ukrainian Pioneers Mark 50th Anniversary", The Winnipeg Evening Tribune, Manitoba, Canada, 6 September, 1943, page 3. Photograph above.

3. "Canadian Ukrainian Soldiers Honoured" and "Monument is dedicated by Ukrainians", Winnipeg Free Press, p. 1. Photographs. See also "Ukrainian Volunteers Join Army", same page.

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1 comment:

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

Thank you for this little bit of Ukranian/West Canadian history.
It's wonderful that people have shown such respect for the contributions made by those who came before.
Bravo to Winnipeggers!
Evelyn in Montreal