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Rally in Support of Nadiya Savchenko

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Manitoba Provincial Council organized a rally in support of Ukrainian pilot and member of parliament Nadiya Savchenko, who is currently in the fifth week of a hunger strike protesting her illegal detention by Russian authorities.
This event took place on Monday January 26, 2015 in the Manitoba Provincial Legislative Building Rotunda beginning at 6:00 PM.

Follow the links below to see how local Winnipeg media covered the UCC-MPC rally in support of Nadiya Savchenko.

And photographs by Norbert Iwan.
Thanks to everyone who could make it out to the Legislative Building!
Слава Україні!

Manitoba Provincial Legislative Building

6:00 PM

26 January 2015


Конґрес Українців Канади підтримує акцію та заклик від СФУЖО та СКУ на підтримку Надії Савченко.


Як відомо, народний депутат України, Надія Савченко уже п’ятий тиждень голодує, протестуючи своє незаконне утримання в російському СІЗО.  Надія звернулася до українців з проханням вийти на акції підтримки, які відбудуться по світі 26 січня під гаслом “#FreeSavchenko“. 


Закликаємо Вас, долучитися до акцій підтримки, мітингів, демонстрацій у ваших громадах, та бути активними в медіа просторі, створюючи якомога більше розголосу про справу Надії Савченко.




 The Ukrainian Canadian Congress supports the Call for Action issued by the World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations and the Ukrainian World Congress in support of Nadiya Savchenko.


As we all know, Nadyia Savchenko, a Member of Ukraine’s Parliament, is in her fifth week of a hunger strike, in protest of her illegal detention in a Russian jail.  She has appealed to the Ukrainian community to participate in a support campaign to be held worldwide on January 26, under the slogan “#FreeSavchenko”. 

We urge you to demonstrate your support of Nadiya Savchenko by organizing demonstrations, rallies, etc. in you communities, as well as informing your media on this issue in order to create as much publicity as possible in the case of Nadiya Savchenko.

We further ask that you send us pictures and reports on your participation in this extremely vital event.   



The first female military pilot in Ukraine, Nadiya Savchenko (34yrs), was illegally captured on Ukrainian soil in June 2014 by Russian-backed rebels and handed over to Russian forces, who deported her against her will to Russia, where she is jailed.  A Ukrainian MP and a delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), [she] has been on a hunger strike since Dec 13, 2014.  She was recently moved into solitary confinement and is not being passed letters.

Through my protest – my hunger – I wish to achieve common sense from the Russian authorities and an awakening of conscience from the Russian Investigative Committee. There is irrefutable evidence of my lack of involvement and innocence of the crimes they accuse me of.” – Nadiya Savchenko, Jan 12, 2015, an open letter.



Support rallies are scheduled to be held across the world on January 26 to coincide with the opening of the next PACE session, which Savchenko has been formally invited to attend.


Hashtag  #FreeSavchenko on Twitter

Sign a petition in support of Nadia:  https://www.change.org/p/president-pace-anne-brasseur-president-of-pace-anne-brasseur-pace-urge-russia-to-release-nadiya-savchenko-2 


Oseredok Festival of Carols

On January 11, 2015 a Festival of Carols, organizaed by Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre took place at SUkrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga. For photographs of the event, visit Norber K. Iwan’s page on Facebook.

У канадському місті Вінніпег відбувся щорічний фестиваль колядок. Мелодії традиційних колядок, щедрівок та різдвяних народних пісень у виконанні українських хорових колективів лунали під куполом Українського католицького кафедрального собору святих Володимира і Ольги.

Вінніпезький фестиваль колядок був заснований Володимиром Климковим більше двадцяти років тому. Ідея полягала в тому, щоб об’єднати українську громаду і поділитися зі світом багатою спадщиною різдвяної музики. Сьогодні фестиваль колядок є щорічною традицією Вінніпега. http://vidia.org/2015/32736

Ukrainian evening

Come out and enjoy a beautiful summer evening – join us to learn more about ancient summer rituals and traditions, an evening of song and dance with Рожаниця / Rozhanytsya .


Kildonan Park – Picnic Site, North Shelter 2B


6:00 – 9:00 PM

Show Starts at 7:00 PM

Motanka (Knot Doll) Making Workshop
6:00 PM
Limited to 15 Registrants
Email wpgukrevent@gmail.com to reserve a spot

Event Sponsors:

Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble
Verba Ukrainian Dance Company
Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Manitoba Provincial Council
St.Andrew’s College – University of Manitoba

Avramenko and Ukrainian Dance in Canada

Avramenko and Ukrainian Dance in Canada: on at Oseredok now to September 16, 2015. Exhibition catalogue available in Oseredok Boutique, $15.00.
Exhibition presented by the Shevchenko Foundation.

Learn more about Avramenko:

Orest T. Martynowych, The Showman and the Ukrainian Cause. Folk Dance, Film, and the Life of Vasile Avramenko. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2014.

Shortlisted for the 2016 Kobzar Literary Prize. Available in Oseredok Boutique, $27.95.