125th Anniversary
Celebrating 125 years since the first
Ukrainian Settlement to Canada
Courtesy of Karen Sopotyk-Pidskalny

1891 marks the first and largest wave of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada. The immigrants made the difficult journey to Canada seeking a new life of cultural and economic freedom. Those original pioneers and the many waves of Ukrainians who have since made the same journey have contributed to building a strong, culturally rich and vibrant Canada.

The Logo

The "Kanada-Ukraina 125" logo was designed by Oleh Lesiuk to commemorates 125 years of Ukrainian immigration to Canada.

The logo consists of three parts. The bottom part symbolizes four Waves of immigration to Canada. These are the waves of the ocean to be overcome, the waves of people that brought new hopes and dreams to a new land.

In the central part of the logo people transform into the three flying cranes. These powerful, intelligent and enduring birds appear often in Ukrainian music and folklore and are known in Canada as well. Zhuravli, as they are called in Ukrainian, are a long-standing symbol of migrating from one’s own nest to travel to far lands, possibly never to return again.

The group of cranes symbolizes a family as a foundation of society. Once settled in a new land they strive to desired heights. The national crest of Ukraine – the Golden Trident (Tryzub), superimposed on a blue crane, symbolizes the country of origin.

The wings of the cranes ultimately transform into a Maple Leaf – the national symbol of Canada.

The number “125” indicates 125 years of immigration to Canada.

Original article can be found here.

125 Stories

Vesna Festival has started a project called "125th Anniversary Stories".

Everyone is invited to share their family stories and photos of where they settled in Saskatchewan.

Deadline for submission is April 1, 2016.

Also read about two chances to win a trip to Ukraine with Cobblestone Freeway! (festival draw)

More details about the guidelines and submission are here: http://www.vesnafestival.com/125-Stories

The Logo
125 Stories

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