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Part 4: Why Do This?

Description: CIUS conference audio (Part 4 of 16)

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This is a political action by the Canadian Ukrainian community. Multicultural policy has faded. But an important part of our heritage were Ukrainian bloc settlements, Ukrainian areas of cities. The Ukrainian districts of cities are being dissolved. The monuments are markers that we existed and were a presence in Western Canada. These markers resist our erasure as a community. Help give us a sense of ourselves as unique and special, self-recognition.
It is getting harder and harder to justify the Ukrainian “group” to Ukrainian Canada. This project helps our recognition by others.
The distinctive Ukrainian churches on the prairies are attractive. People stop their cars to look at and investigate them. Consider that the French Canadians have a geographical place. Ukrainians need to have place too.
Also valuable as centers of religious, spiritual development. They have a power. We have to remember why these buildings were built in the first place.
Ukrainian Canadian Congress has not been a leader in heritage preservation, but it is interested in it. The heritage is endangered. People are throwing things out, valuable things, as they clean up.
Also there are all sorts of auxiliary activities and benefits that can come out of this project. This is a huge project.

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Author: CIUS
Publisher: CIUS
Date: January 26, 2008
Contributor: Ostap Skrypnyk
Language: English
Original Format: Digital audio recording

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CIUS, “Part 4: Why Do This?,” CIUS-Archives, accessed December 15, 2018, http://cius-archives.ca/items/show/2175.
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