November 6, 2010-Edmonton, Alberta-The Ukrainian Canadian Congress welcomed the announcement by the Government of Canada to provide support for the Ukrainian Canadian Archives and Museum of Alberta.
“We are excited that the rebuild of the Ukrainian Canadian Archives and Museum of Alberta (UCAMA) can now begin in earnest and appreciate the government of Canada listening and responding to the 1.2 million Canadians across the country,” stated Ukrainian Canadian Congress Alberta Provincial Council President Daria Luciw. “The museum is home to archives showing both the 120 year history of Ukrainian Canadians and the history of settlement of this country we call Canada. Our community has worked hard to ensure this funding was allocated for this project and for that we also thank the Ukrainian Canadian community and our Edmonton area Members of Parliament.”
The announcement, made by Minister Rob Merrifield at the Triennial Congress of Ukrainian Canadians, of $6.25 million of joint federal-provincial funding will allow for better display of artifacts, create a permanent exhibit space, develop public programming and expand UCAMA’s collection. UCAMA is a not-for-profit society devoted to the preservation of Ukrainian Canadian history and culture.
“I commend the efforts of UCAMA and Ukrainian Canadian Congress Alberta Provincial Council in seeing this long-standing request through to fruition,” stated UCC National President Paul Grod. “The funding announced today will allow the museum to move forward and is an acknowledgement by the federal government by providing funding through the infrastructure program that recognizes that the Ukrainian institutions constitute a vital part of the fabric of Canada.”
For more information on the announcement, please see www.infc.gc.ca.