Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 09, 2008 16:00 ET

The Government of Canada Promotes Historical Recognition for Ukrainian-Canadian Community's Wartime Experiences

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - May 9, 2008) - The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament (Provencher), on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity), today announced to the Ukrainian-Canadian community in Winnipeg that the Government will provide funding of $10 million to the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko. This funding will establish an endowment fund to support initiatives related to the First World War internment experience that affected a number of ethnic communities in Canada.

"I believe this approach will allow all communities affected by internment during the First World War to undertake meaningful commemorative and educational activities to ensure that the internment experience is shared and understood by Canadians, and that a sense of closure can be achieved," said Secretary of State Kenney. "The Government believes that it is important for all Canadians to understand our history, including the more difficult periods."

This funding is being provided under the Community Historical Recognition Program, which was first announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in June 2006. The Program will fund community-based projects that will allow communities affected by Canadian wartime measures and immigration restrictions to have their experiences acknowledged in a way that is meaningful to them. Eligible projects could include monuments, commemorative plaques, educational material, and exhibits.

"This represents a significant step toward fulfilling our Government's commitment to recognize past experiences and hardships and contribute to healing in the Ukrainian-Canadian and other affected communities," said Minister Toews.

Other components of the Community Historical Recognition Program will be announced in the days to come, as well as details regarding the National Historical Recognition Program, which will fund federal initiatives that educate Canadians about the history of wartime measures and immigration restrictions and the contributions of affected communities to the building of Canada.

Guidelines and application forms for the Community Historical Recognition Program will be made available in English and French on the website of the Department of Canadian Heritage at once program details are finalized.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Jason Kenney, PC, MP
    Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity)
    Alykhan Velshi
    Director of Communications
    Cell.: 613-867-0255