UCC eNewsletter – February 2017

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In this February issue:
  • Canadian Premiere of Bitter Harvest film in Ottawa
  • В пам’ять Героїв Небесної Сотні
  • UCC Launches Canada 150 Project Celebrating Canada’s Diversity
  • UCC Meets with Senior Government Officials to Discuss Canada-Ukraine Relations
  • Employment Opportunity: UCC Canada150 Youth Community Animator
  • Проходження тестування кандидатами до Національної збірної України Ігор Нескорених
  • 10 Facts your should know about Russian military agression against Ukraine
  • Atlantic Council Millennium Fellowship 2017

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Canadian premiere of Bitter Harvest film in Ottawa

March 1, 2017. OTTAWA. The feature-film Bitter Harvest, which is based on the events of the Holodomor Famine-Genocide, 1932-33 in Ukraine, premiered in Canada at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa on February 28.
Bitter Harvest takes place in Ukraine during the Holodomor – the Genocide perpetrated against the Ukrainian people by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and his regime. Bitter Harvest is a powerful story of love, honour, rebellion and survival, told through the eyes of two young lovers caught in the Holodomor.
Filmed in Ukraine, the film features a stellar cast, led by Max Irons and Samantha Banks and featuring Barry Pepper, Tamer Hassan and Terence Stamp. Director George Mendeluk co-wrote the screenplay with Richard Bachynsky-Hoover. Bitter Harvest was produced by Ian Ihnatowycz, a well-known Ukrainian-Canadian community leader, philanthropist and patron of the arts. Mr. Ihnatowycz is Vice-Chair of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) Advisory Council.

Mr. Ihnatowycz speaks ahead of the film screening

Among those in attendance at the premiere were Holodomor Survivor Dr. Julia Woychyshyn; Ukraine’s Minister of Culture Yevhen Nyschuk; Member of Parliament Borys Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke-Centre); Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada, His Excellency Andriy Shevchenko; President of the Ukrainian World Congress Eugene Czolij; Bitter Harvest Director George Mendeluk; Mr. Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of History; Andrew Hladyshevsky, QC, President of the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko; Paul Grod, National President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and representatives of many international diplomatic missions in Ottawa.
“My desire in producing Bitter Harvest was to reach the hearts and minds of viewers and draw attention to Ukraine and Ukrainian history,” stated Mr. Ihnatowycz. “The scale and magnitude of the Holodomor – where millions of innocent Ukrainians died in the famine genocide engineered by Joseph Stalin – is a story the world must hear and remember. It is considered one of the greatest crimes against humanity.”
“Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Ihnatowycz and the cast and crew, millions of people in dozens of countries will be able to learn about the Holodomor,” said Paul Grod. “For too long, this Genocide was hidden by the Soviet regime from the world. This moving and poignant film stands as a tribute to the millions of victims of the Holodomor, and to the Ukrainian peoples’ enduring struggle for liberty.”
Bitter Harvest premieres in theaters across Canada on Friday, March 3. The film is distributed in Canada by D Films, and more information can be found on the film’s website by visiting www.bitterharvestfilm.com
Ukraine’s Minister of Culture Yevhen Nyschuk shakes hands 
with Bitter Harvest Director George Mendeluk
For showtimes and to buy tickets across Canada please visit the Cineplex website:

https://www.cineplex.com/Movie/bitter-harvest-2017

In Ottawa, Bitter Harvest showtimes are available at the Bytowne Theatre website:
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In Memory of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred
В пам’ять Героїв Небесної Сотні

20-го лютого 2017. Оттава. 20-го лютого  українці по всьому світу вшаноаують День Пам’яті Героїв Небесної Сотні.
У листопаді 2013 року народ України піднався протестуючи проти авторитарного клептократичного режиму колишнього проезидента Віктора Януковича.
У Києві на Майдані Незалежності та по міських площах по всій Укоаїні  народ поставив перед урядом єдину вимогу: гідне ставлення до народу. Вони вимагали демократію, верховенство законів та повагу до прав людини. Революцію Гідності підтримали мільйони людей по всій Україні, вийшовши на вулиці відстоювати свої права. На що режим Янкуовичв відповів  силою, оголосивши війну проти власних громадян.
Култьмінаційним моментом зростаючого насилля з боку держави були дні 18-20 лютого 2014 року, коли, за наказом правлячого режиму  снайпери відкрили вогонь проти мирних демонстрантів на Майдані. Понад сто людей – Небесна Сонтя  – були замордовані на Майдані, захищаючи невід’ємне право українського народу на справедливість та свободу. Сьоогодні ми вшановуємо їх пам’ять. Найвища жертва яку вони заплатили ніколи не буде забута. Відважні патріоти Майдану та міських площ по всій Україні є вічним прикладом єдності, відваги і рішучості для всіх нас.
Сьогодні, три роки після перемоги Революції Гідності  народ України змушений захищати свою країну проти  зовнішнього агресора. Росія окупувала  суверенну територію  в Криму і  веде нещадну війну проти України на сході в Донецькій та Луганській областях.
Сьогодні, вшановуючи пам’ять Небесної Сотні ми зупиняємося щоб віддати шану тисячам українців які загинули  чи були поранені  в наслідок  вторгнення Росії в Україну. Ми віримо, що з Божою допомогою  вони переможуть.  Ми також знаємо, що правда завжди мусить восторжествувати, і що добро перемагає зло і що свобода завжди поборює насильство.  Ми молимося щоб мир знову запанував в Україні.

In Memory of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred
 

February 20, 2017. OTTAWA. On February 20, Ukrainians all over the world pause to mark the Day of Commemoration of the Heavenly Hundred (Небесна Сотня).
In November 2013, the people of Ukraine rose up in protest against the authoritarian, corrupt regime of former president Viktor Yanukovych.
On Kyiv’s Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti), and city squares throughout the country the Ukrainian people made of their government a simple demand – to be treated with Dignity. They demanded democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights. The Revolution of Dignity saw millions of citizens from all corners of the country take to the streets in defence of their rights. The Yanukovych regime responded with violence, declaring war against its own people.
Increasing state violence culminated on February 18-20, 2014, when the regime’s snipers opened fire against the demonstrators on the Maidan.  Over 100 people – the Heavenly Hundred – were murdered on the Maidan defending the Ukrainian peoples’ unalienable right to justice and liberty.
Today, we honour their memory. The supreme sacrifice paid by the Heavenly Hundred will never be forgotten. The brave patriots of the Maidan and city squares throughout Ukraine stand as an eternal example to us all of unity, determination and courage.
Today, three years after the triumph of the Revolution of Dignity, the people of Ukraine are forced to defend their country against an external aggressor. Russia occupies sovereign Ukrainian territory in the Crimea and wages ruthless war against Ukraine in the eastern oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Today, as we honour the memory of the Heavenly Hundred, we pause to pay tribute to the thousands of Ukrainians who have fallen or been wounded as a result of Russia’s invasion.  We know that with God’s help, they will be victorious. We remain secure in the knowledge that in the end, good always triumphs over evil, and freedom always defeats tyranny. And we pray that Peace soon returns to Ukraine.
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UCC Launches Canada 150 Project Celebrating Canada’s Diversity
 
February 13, 2017. OTTAWA. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) is pleased to announce the launch of its project, Celebrating the Strength of Canada’s Diversity: Youth Engaging Youth. The project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada’s Department of Heritage Canada 150 Fund.
With the Celebrating the Strength of Canada’s Diversity: Youth Engaging Youth Project, the UCC will work with its member organizations across the country to organize youth-led and driven Canada 150 celebratory events in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario.
Ukrainian Canadian youth will organize ten events in each province (ranging from sport to celebratory to cultural activities) working in partnership with youth from other ethnocultural, linguistic, and Indigenous communities.
The end goal is to focus on youth working together in the spirit of diversity and inclusion to share experiences and create actively engaging celebratory events for Canadians for Canada’s 150th anniversary. The project will result in 50 events, engaging 1250 – 2500 youth in actively designing and administering the events, and attracting up to 50,000 Canadians.
Paul Grod_ UCC President_ with Arif Virani_ Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage responsible for Multiculturalism_ and Alexandra Chyczij_ UFF First Vice President
“As Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage responsible for Multiculturalism, I’m very pleased to congratulate the Ukrainian Canadian Congress on the launch of its Canada 150 program, Youth Engaging Youth.  Youth, along with the environment, diversity and reconciliation with Indigenous persons, is one the key themes of our sesquicentenial year,” stated Arif Virani, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Multiculturalism). “By engaging youth across Canada we can celebrate our diversity, share our culture, engage our volunteers, and promote our shared heritage.  This fantastic initiative is part of the Canada 150 celebrations being funded by the Government of Canada.”
“As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of our great country, the UCC is proud to be working with our community’s youth and the youth of many other communities, in marking this important milestone in our shared history,” stated Paul Grod, National President of the UCC. “This project is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Canada’s diversity; to increase youth engagement across the country; to remember where we came from and look forward to the future. We are grateful to the Government of Canada for supporting this important initiative.”
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 UCC Meets With Senior Government Officials To Discuss Canada-Ukraine Relations
On February 3, 2017 representatives of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) met with senior government officials from the Departments of Global Affairs and National Defence to discuss the development of Canada-Ukraine relations.
The meeting of the Canada Ukraine Stakeholder Advisory Council (CUSAC), was hosted by the Department of Global Affairs, and co-chaired by Alison LeClaire, Senior Arctic Official and Director General, Circumpolar Affairs and Eastern Europe and Eurasia; and Paul Migus, UCC Director of Government Relations.
“We were so pleased to be able to host representatives of the Ukrainian-Canadian Community here at Global Affairs Canada. The Government of Canada remains committed to working with Ukraine, and there is no more important connection between our two countries than people-to-people ties,” stated Ms. LeClaire. “This connection can be seen across politics, business, and the arts. The opportunity provided by CUSAC to sit down and discuss such a wide array of issues is of great benefit to the government, and , I trust, our partners in the community.”
“We are thankful for the opportunity to meet with many high-level government officials who are responsible for implementing Canada’s many bilateral and multilateral programs in Ukraine,” stated Migus. “The CUSAC is an important occasion for our community to provide direct input, feedback and recommendations.”
The meeting began with the signing of Terms of Reference for the CUSAC, “a forum for consultations and cooperation between the Government of Canada (represented by Global Affairs Canada) and the Ukrainian Canadian community (represented by the UCC), to ensure the exchange of information and insight pertaining to the development and enhancement of Canada-Ukraine relations, recognizing the special partnership between Canada and Ukraine.”
Canada’s Ambassador to Ukraine, His Excellency Roman Waschuk, joined the meeting from Kyiv by videoconference to provide a strategic overview of recent developments in Ukraine. Senior government officials provided an update on Canada-Ukraine relations and an update on various aspects of Canadian programming in Ukraine; on international assistance; peace and stabilization; trade; and defence reform.
The CUSAC received a detailed briefing from Kevin Rex, Director, Eastern Europe and Eurasia Division; Pamela Rose, Director, Trade Negotiations Division; Jill Sinclair, Canada’s Representative to the Ukrainian Defence Reform Advisorty Board; Dave Metcalfe, Director General, Europe-Middle East Programming and Larisa Galadza, Director General, Peace and Stabilization Operations program.
The UCC delegation presented its perspectives on Canada-Ukraine relations and stated its priorities to the Government of Canada. The discussion focused on six themes:
– Foreign Policy
– International Assistance Policy
– Security and Defence
– Sanctions Policy
– Trade and Economic Development
– Immigration and Settlement
During the luncheon, which followed the meeting, the participants had an opportunity to hear from Ukraine’s Ambassador to Canada, His Excellency Andriy Shevchenko.
“We look forward to continuing, regular dialogue with Global Affairs Canada on these and other issues,” stated Alexandra Chyczij, First Vice-President of the UCC. “As Ukraine defends itself against Russian aggression, Canada has a pivotal role to play as one of Ukraine’s closest friends, and this meeting was a valuable opportunity to exchange views with our government.”
For the briefing note presented by the UCC, which outlines the community’s priorities, please follow the link below:

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Employment Opportunity: UCC Canada150 Youth Community Animator
Are you a Ukrainian Canadian with a passion for our community? Are you excited about sharing your culture, engaging with volunteers, and working with youth across the country?
To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress will work with our member organizations and community across the country to organize youth-led and driven Canada 150 celebratory events.
Community animators will organize events (cultural, entertainment, sport, etc.) and work in partnership with youth from other ethnocultural, linguistic backgrounds as well as Indigenous communities in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
Working with the Ukrainian Canadian community, you will partner with Canada’s ethnocultural, linguistic and Indigenous communities to promote our shared heritage.  Some of your responsibilities will include: choosing locations and events to explore, setting up and conducting interviews, shooting and editing video, writing stories and contributing to a nationwide blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with high-quality content that shows off the best of our diverse and inclusive Ukrainian Canadian community. You will need to be able to work well independently, since you will spend a lot of time creating programming and traveling to capture the events in your local community.
Who:  You!  We are looking for an enthusiastic, outgoing self-starter with a love for social media and a passion for the Ukrainian community in Canada.
When: We want you to live, work, and engage the Ukrainian community from May to end of August. You must be available to full-time for the duration of the contract.
Where:  Projects will be taking place in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia
How to apply: Applicants are encouraged to submit a video, 2 minutes maximum, outlining their suitability for the position along with their resume to Canada150@ucc.ca by Friday March 10, 2017
All applicants will receive an email of confirmation upon the submission of their application. Interviews will be conducted throughout the month of March. Due to a high volume of applications, only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.
Key competencies and abilities required:
  • Demonstrated experience in leadership, event organizing, public speaking and social animation.
  • Work independently and as a contributing member of a variety of teams
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as required, and ability to travel within province.
  • A valid driver’s license is required; access to a vehicle would be an asset.
  • Required fluency in English. Fluency in French and Ukrainian is an asset.
  • Staff will be required to complete a Canadian criminal record check and vulnerable record check, as well as any relevant provincial background record checks related to working with youth.
Postulez à un emploi d’été inoubliable !  
CUC Canada 150 – Animateur(trice) de la communauté des jeunes
Vous êtes un(e) Ukrainien(nne)-Canadien(nne) passionné(e) par notre communauté ? Vous êtes enthousiaste à l’idée de partager notre culture, de travailler avec des bénévoles et des jeunes à travers le pays ?
Pour célébrer le 150ème anniversaire de la Confédération, le Congrès des Ukrainiens-Canadiens, en collaboration avec ses organisations membres et sa communauté à travers le pays, mettra en œuvre des festivités commémoratives du Canada 150, organisées et menées par des jeunes
Les animateurs communautaires organiseront les événements (culturels, sportifs, de divertissement, etc.) et travailleront en partenariat avec des jeunes issus d’autres milieux ethnoculturels et linguistiques, ainsi que des communautés indigènes en Ontario, au Manitoba et Saskatchewan, et en Alberta et Colombie Britannique.
En collaboration avec la communauté des Ukrainiens Canadiens, vous vous associerez aux communautés ethnoculturelles, linguistiques et indigènes du Canada afin de promouvoir notre patrimoine partagé. Vous serez notamment responsable : du choix des lieux et événements à explorer, de mettre en œuvre et mener à bien des entretiens, de filmer et monter des vidéos, d’écrire des articles et de contribuer à un blog lu à l’échelle nationale, mais aussi sur Facebook, Twitter et Instagram à l’aide de contenus hautement qualitatifs qui mettront en avant le meilleur de ce qui constitue la diversité et la force inclusive de notre communauté ukrainienne-canadienne. Vous devrez être capable de travailler de manière indépendante, puisque vous passerez beaucoup de temps à créer le programme des festivités et à voyager pour couvrir les événements dans votre communauté locale.
Qui ? Vous ! Nous sommes à la recherche d’une personne enthousiaste, sociable et avec l’esprit d’entreprise, cultivant le goût des réseaux sociaux et une passion pour la communauté ukrainienne du Canada.
Quand ? Nous avons besoin que vous viviez, travaillez et vous mobilisiez pour impliquer la communauté ukrainienne de mai à fin août. Vous devrez être disponible à temps plein pour la durée du contrat.
 ? Les projets se dérouleront en Ontario, au Manitoba, au Saskatchewan, en Alberta et en Colombie Britannique.
Comment postuler ? Les candidats sont invités à envoyer une vidéo de 2 minutes maximum, décrivant leur capacité à remplir ce poste ainsi que leur CV à Canada150@ucc.ca d’ici vendredi 10 mars 2017.
Tous les candidats recevront un courriel de confirmation une fois leur demande soumise. Les entretiens se feront tout le long du mois de mars.
En raison du nombre de candidatures, seules les personnes sélectionnées pour un entretien seront contactées.
Compétences clés et capacités requises :
  • Expérience démontrée de leadership, d’organisation d’événements, de prise de parole en public et d’animation sociale
  • Capacité à travailler de manière indépendante, mais aussi en tant que membre actif de diverses équipes
  • Flexibilité horaire et possibilité de travailler les soirs et fins de semaine en cas de besoin, et d’être en mesure de voyager à travers la province
  • Permis de conduire valide requis ; la possibilité d’avoir accès à un véhicule serait un plus
  • Les membres de l’équipe feront l’objet d’une vérification de leur casier judiciaire canadien et d’une vérification de leurs antécédents en vue d’un travail auprès de personnes vulnérables, et de toute vérification de leurs antécédents en lien avec un emploi avec des jeunes qui serait requis dans la province de résidence.
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UCC Invictus Organizing Committee update on Team Ukraine
Tryouts for Ukraine’s Invictus Games team were held on January 28th in Kyiv for Ukrainian armed forces veterans.  The Invictus Games will take place in Toronto in Sept 2017. The Invictus Games are an international sports competition in which wounded, ill and injured military personnel and veterans take part.
Armed forces veterans were welcomed at the Ministry of Defences main Kyiv sports complex by members of the Invictus Games Ukraine organizing committee including Vice Prime Minister Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, and Ihor Zhdanov, Ukraine’s Minister of Youth and Sport.  UCC was represented at this event by Bohdan Kupych, chair of the UCC Ukraine Advisory Council.
Всього було отримано 177 анкет в період з 01 листопада по 31 грудня 2016 року.
Інформація щодо проходження тестування:
Загалом з’явились на тестування – 104 людини
  1. Львів – 28
  2. Київ – 43
  3. Одеса – 33
Решту учасників складають ветерани: 61
Розподіл за видами спорту:
  • Атлетика: 50
  • Пауерліфтинг: 47
  • Плавання: 51
  • Велоспорт на шосе: 63
  • Веслування на тренажерах: 69
  • Стрільба з лука: 79
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Atlantic Council Millennium Fellowship
The Millennium Fellowship is open to rising leaders and innovators around the world committed to achieving transformational change in their communities, countries, and professional fields with a global impact. Fellows will be at the forefront of the Atlantic Council’s work to promote constructive leadership and create a more secure and prosperous world. Through a competitive application process, the Atlantic Council will accept approximately twenty exceptional leaders who are thirty-five years old and under into the third class of Millennium Fellows this spring.
The Millennium Fellowship is a two-year program. Throughout the fellowship and beyond, fellows will join a global network of outstanding peers, have unparalleled opportunities to meet with world leaders at flagship Atlantic Council events, go behind the headlines to discover issues at the cutting-edge of key global trends, and lead the debate on the issues that will shape the 21st century.
The fellowship focuses on how a rising generation of leaders around the world can renew a values-based social compact at the beginning of a Millennium marked by dramatic change and upheaval. Fellows share a common belief in the power of constructive international engagement, democracy, human rights, vibrant civil society, trade and economic development, and sustainability as catalysts for good, while bringing a range of policy views from across the political spectrum to discussions on how to protect and strengthen these values. In this regard, the fellowship seeks to combat isolationism as well as visions for globalization not anchored in these values.
Application Process
The fellowship is a highly competitive program, with hundreds of applications each cycle for approximately twenty fellowship spots. The application process includes reviews by senior Council experts from different programs and centers and interviews with finalists.
Millennium Fellowship Time Commitment
Fellows commit to attending both the 2017 and 2018 fellowship conferences in full (each conference is approximately one week long). The 2017 conference is scheduled for June 17-25. Fellows also commit to attending at least one other Atlantic Council flagship event in 2017-2018 (events and schedule to be confirmed).
Millennium Fellowship Dues
2017 fellowship annual dues are $450 for public, nonprofit, and academic sector members, and $950 for private sector and corporate members. Dues cover all flights, lodging, and group meals for both trips during the first year (an estimated total cost of more than $5,000 per fellow). The Council offers a limited number of subsidies to cover part or all of the dues for fellows with demonstrated financial need.
 
 
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Orest Zakydalsky
Telephone: (613) 232-8822
Email: ucc@ucc.ca
Website: www.ucc.ca
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