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We are excited to announce the new date and location for the East Coast Ukrainian Festival!
It will be held on
Sunday, October 1st
at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
1055 Marginal Rd, 2nd Floor, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7, 11am-5pm.
Visit the festival website ukrainianfest.ca and our Facebook page keep an eye on the updates. Skip the line and prepay your food (and also make donations) on our Eventbrite page. All proceeds will go to support Ukraine. Please help us spread the word by posting this poster on your social media and sharing this message with your friends and family. Hope to see you there!
Ukraine’s Independence Day: Flag Raising at Grand Parade, August 24, 2023 at 8:30am
On August 24, the Ukrainian Canadian community of Halifax and HRM Mayor Mike Savage marked Ukraine’s Independence Day by raising Ukraine’s flag on Grande Parade. The event was attended by representatives of all levels of Canadian Government and international dignitaries who delivered their remarks to show solidarity with the people who have been fighting for their statehood and independence against genocidal Russian war and occupation. We thank Mayor Mike Savage, Minister Jill Balser, Hon. Zack Churchill, Senator Stan Kutcher, MP Lena Metlege Diab, MP Andy Fillmore, Hon. Kelly Regan, Estonian Honorary Consul Mr. John Olaf Soosaar, and the US Consul General Lyra Carr for their support.
Ukrainian Dance Ensemble YAVIR and other performers
July 21, 2023
We hope everyone enjoyed the concert, we were happy to see all of you!
Huge thank you to Yavir School of Ukrainian Dance for incredible performances, to our talented musicians that gave us unforgettable night of Ukrainian dances and songs. Special thank you from all of us to the team of the Light House Arts Centre, it would not be possible without you and your support. We very grateful to you for hosting this event. All money raised at the concert will go for tactical medical supplies to the offence brigade Karadag that fight near Zaporizhzhya.
If you could not make to the concert but wanted to support soldiers at the frontlines you can make a donation via e-transfer to email@example.com. We also invite everyone to support our future events that promote Ukrainian culture in Nova Scotia and bring closer Ukraine’s victory.
UKRAINE. NATO. NOW. July 9th, 2023
500 days have already passed since Russia launched its full scale invasion of Ukraine, and everyday continues to see yet another war crime committed against Ukraine. The Ukrainian community and its supporters gathered in Peace and Friendship park to remember those who gave their lived defending Ukrainian land and Ukrainian freedom and to demand action during the NATO summit in Vilnius on July 11th towards Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
Mavka, a Ukrainian Animated Movie Screening, June 4th, 2023
Event Organizers: Ukrainian Canadian Congress Nova Scotia Branch with financial support from Buy Metro Pre-owned
Thank you all who attended the screening of Mavka, a Ukrainian animated film. The funds raised were transferred to a group of volunteers to repair their trusted van which have been used to transport equipment and packages to the soldiers on the frontlines.
Vyshyvanka (Embroidered Shirt) Day, Saturday, May 20, 2023
On May 18th, Ukrainians around the world celebrated Vyshyvanka Day. The embroidered shirt (vyshyvanka) has long been a symbol of Ukrainian heritage, dignity and unity, and this year it takes on an even greater significance. Amidst Russia’s war in Ukraine, the vyshyvanka serves as a symbol of resilience in the face of adversity. The Ukrainian community of Nova Scotia gathered on May 20th wearing vyshyvankas as emotional armour and a symbol of resilience and perseverance of Ukrainian people. The Ukrainian embroidery is sometimes called “a genetic code of the nation.”
UCC NS is grateful to each person who came today to celebrate the Vyshyvanka Day in Halifax. Special thanks to Tim Houston, Premier of Nova Scotia, for proclaiming May 18, 2023, the Vyshyvanka Day in Nova Scotia. We are grateful to Conservative MLA Melissa Sheehy-Richard, Liberal MLA Kelly Regan, and Mayor Mike Savage for standing in solidarity with Ukraine and for supporting Ukrainian culture. We were grateful to have Alexandra Chyczij, president of UCC National, with the community in Halifax on this day.
KOZAK SIROMAHA fundraising concert
A fundraising concert featuring KOZAK SIROMAHA, an authentic Ukrainian singer of folk Cossack music performed in a contemporary style on Sunday, April 16th was organized in support of Ukraine. Thank you to all who came and enjoyed the music! We are also grateful for online donations from those who couldn’t attend in person.
KOZAK SIROMAHA is a modern time free Ukrainian Cossacks who performs his compositions in an authentic style of Ukrainian Cossacks, with the origins in the 16th century. He offers reinterpretation of traditional Ukrainian Cossack culture in a modern way. KOZAK SIROMAHA is the only Ukrainian Cossack who plays the harmonium, a unique instrument not typical for Ukraine.
KOZAK knows the Hopak martial dance, which is more than a thousand years old, and uses the dance in his performances. He also fences with Cossack sabers and creates a shamanic ritual on stage. He lives according to ancient Cossack traditions and does not consume alcohol and meat.
365 DAYS OF RESISTANCE
February 24th marks one year since the full-scale russian aggression against Ukraine. The UCC organized a nation-wide candle-lit vigil to recognize 365 days of Ukraine’s resistance, to commemorate fallen soldiers and tens of thousands of civilians who died in the war.
The snow and cold did not prevent Ukrainians and friends of Ukraine from gathering together in Halifax to mark the year of the full-scale, genocidal war of russia against Ukraine. We thank everyone who showed up and sent messages of strong support to Ukrainians defending their land: Mayor Mike Savage, Minister Barbara Adams, MLA Zach Churchill, MLA John MacDonald, MP Andy Fillmore, MP Lena Metlege-Diab, MP Darren Fischer, and US Consul General Lyra Carr.
Observing Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day
Saturday, November 26, 5pm-6:30pm – “Food as a Weapon: Hunger Politics”. Presentation and documentary screening “Stalin’s Secret Genocide” (Saint Mary’s University, Atrium 101923 Robie Street). This event is organized by UCC and Ukrainian Canadian association Halifax-Dartmouth Region)
Saturday, November 26, 7:00pm – a Candlelight Vigil at Peace and Friendship Park organized by UCC and Ukrainian Canadian association Halifax-Dartmouth Region. Candles will be lit until 19:32-19:33 (military time) to commemorate the deadly Holodomor years of 1932-1933.
Sunday, November 27, 4:00pm — a Commemorative Panakhyda (Memorial Service) for Holodomor Victims at Saint Anthony’s Church, 26 Courtney Road, Dartmouth (organized by Saint Andrew’s Ukrainian Catholic Mission).
FOOD BANK DONATIONS ARE WELCOME
Holodomor Descendants’ Network was launched by the Ukrainian World Congress to continue the mission of our survivors for truth and recognition.
Unite Against Tyrannies Rally November 19, 2022.
Hundreds of people came to the Peace and Friendship park to protest against the oppressive regimes in russia and Iran which target people of Ukraine and Iran. They chanted “All together we will win! All together we will win!” This was also a message for the delegates of the international security forum taking place in Halifax. Representatives of the local Ukrainian and Iranian communities, the members of the provincial and federal government, and forum delegates who took the stage highlighted the importance of international efforts in standing united against tyrannies and supporting the ongoing fight for freedom of Ukrainian and Iranian people.
Support Rally for Ukraine
On October 15th, Ukrainians of Halifax protested the recent barbaric attacks by the terrorist russian state on Ukrainian cities. The attacks caused multiple deaths, injuries, and damage to the civil infrastructure. The protesters held photos of destruction in Zaporizhzhia and Kyiv and their message was clear — russia is using terror against Ukrainian civilians as one of its war tactics. While the Ukrainian community will always come together to show our position and support, we need a much stronger reaction from the Canadian government as well. The Nova Scotia branch of Ukrainian-Canadian Congress joins our voices with the protesters and urges the Canadian Parliament to recognize russia is a state sponsor of terrorism.
Independence Day Proclamation, Halifax, August 24, 2022
On August 24, Ukraine’s modern independent state is turning 31. It is also a day with a grim milestone — 6 months of russian genocidal war against Ukraine. UCC NS Branch will mark this day in Halifax by proudly raising Ukrainian flag with @Mayor Mike Savage and gathering together as the community to celebrate the resistance and bravery of the Ukrainian people.
Nova Scotians, let’s show our solidarity with Ukraine by flying its flag on our homes and businesses on August 24.
Glory to Ukraine!
Supporting Ukrainian Paracanoe Team at Canoe’22
Congratulations to Ukrainian Canoe and Paracanoe teams! The Ukrainian Paracanoe team is in the second place with two Gold and one Silver medals and the Ukrainian Canoe team is in the seventh play with two Gold, one Silver, and two Bronze metals. Thank you for all who came to support our Ukrainian athletes. We also thank Nova Scotians who stopped by our booth and made donations to support the Olympic Circle, the charitable fund created by Ukrainian athletes to support those affected by war, including athletes who volunteered to go to the frontlines and defend Ukraine on a battlefield.
Nova Multifest 2022, July 22, 23 & 24
Thank you everyone who supported our Fundraiser: all sponsors, visitors, and the organizer, Nova Multifest Society, for their support! The Ukrainian booth saw many visitors over three days. The festival was filled with music, food, and cultural activities. We are grateful to our sponsors for their support and donations, and we congratulate our raffle winners! All collected funds (close to $6000 CAD) will be sent to the volunteer paramedic organization, Medical Batallion Hospitallers, helping on the frontlines in Ukraine.
SALUTE TO UKRAINE — rain or shine!
SALUTE TO UKRAINE, a fundraiser to support Ukraine, was planned to be held during the final day of The Royal International Tattoo Festival on July 2 at the Grand Parade. Unfortunately, the festival got cancelled 2 hours before the start due to the weather forecast. However, it didn’t stop the team of Ukrainian volunteers to proceed with their fundraiser. Musicians from Balaklava Blues gave a short live performance to the cheers of the small crowd. Delicious traditional pies and cookies were popular! Besides baked goods, we also sold quite a few t-shirts with awesome and inspiring designs by Andriy Yermolenko. Next day, thanks to the organizers of the Harbourside Ribfest, we were able to set up a booth at Alderney Landing on July 3rd. Thank you, Chris and Ashley! In two days we collected $8,000 dollars that will be sent to the Medical Batallion Hospitallers, a volunteer organization of paramedics that works directly on the front lines since 2014. Thank you everyone for your support!