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UCC Launches Parliamentary Internship Program


UCC Launches Parliamentary Internship Program
for Canadian Youth

June 15, 2017. OTTAWA. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) today announced the renewal of the UCC Parliamentary Internship Program aimed at providing Ukrainian Canadian youth with meaningful political experience. UCC is pleased that the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada (UNF) is a founding sponsor and will provide the interns training through the Paul Yuzyk Institute for Youth Leadership.
Interns will work in Ottawa with Members of Parliament for 10 months on policy research, communications, legislative affairs and constituency work. They will learn firsthand about Canada’s Parliament and all aspects of the legislative and governmental process. Upon completion of the internship, UCC will work to place the interns in full-time rolls with MPs, in Ministerial Departments, or other public service roles within Government of Canada.
“We are very proud to launch our internship program, which will provide young Ukrainian Canadians with the opportunity to work with Members of Parliament and learn about public service,” stated Paul Grod, National President of the UCC. 
“I’m very pleased that the Ukrainian National Federation has agreed to be a founding sponsor of this program, and provide the necessary training and support to best prepare the interns for their work on Parliament Hill. Our objective with this program is to help ensure that the Ukrainian Canadian community continues to play a significant roll in shaping Canada’s political landscape and policies for decades to come.”
“UNF is proud to partner with UCC National as a founding sponsor of its Internship Program,” said Taras Pidzamecky, UNF National President. “As part of our commitment, we look forward to taking on the task of intern orientation through the UNF’s Paul Yuzyk Institute for Youth Leadership (PYI), named after the revered Ukrainian Canadian Senator who was a founding leader of our organization.”
UNF Canada will be making a $25,000 contribution to the Parliamentary Internship Program in its first year, in addition to providing training for the interns.
In order to bring more interns to Parliament Hill, we ask individuals and organizations to assist with financially support the UCC Parliamentary Internship Program. We estimate the cost to be $28,000/intern/year. You can make an online tax-deductible contribution byclicking here or at or by mailing at cheque to UCC C&E Trust (re Internship) to 203-952 Main Street, Winnipeg MB, R2W 3P4.
Beginning in September, this program will provide Members of Parliament with 
highly qualified assistants, and gives post-secondary graduates an opportunity to supplement their knowledge of Parliament with practical, hands-on experience. In the months of December and January, interns will work at the UCC National Office in Ottawa, learning about community advocacy.
Intern responsibilities include working with Members of Parliament in a variety of areas, including parliamentary committees, correspondence and constituency duties. Graduates of the program will be better able to significantly contribute to Canadian public life.
This internship program is for recent post-secondary graduates. To be eligible you must be a permanent resident or citizen of Canada, have recently completed a post-secondary degree and have a demonstrated interest in public affairs. 
Compensation is $20,000 for the 10 month program.
Interested candidates must complete the application form which is available on the program website and follow instructions in the form.
Application Deadline – June 30, 2017 
For any questions 
– email 
– call 613-232-8822 
– visit our website at the  UCC Parliamentary Internship Program website 

UCC-MPC provides assistance to wounded Ukrainian Veteran

The UCC-MPC Euromaidan Committee, using donations from the community, is proud to support the Ukraine War Amps Adopt a Soldier project. Community groups or individuals wishing to participate, can contact the UWA through the information noted below.


“Adopt a Soldier” provides monthly stipends of approximately $50 USD to as many Ukrainian heroes as it can. One hundred percent of the proceeds go towards Ukrainian veterans. “Adopt a Soldier” establishes a unique bridge between the donor and the amputee. The donor helps on a monthly basis and both parties are always connected!

Thanks to the financial aid coming from UCC Manitoba Provincial Council – КУК Манітоба with Lesia Szwaluk,Ostap Skrypnyk, Yuriy Hlukh, Den Volk, Іванка Баб’якand many others Ukraine War Amps had an opportunity to deliver $600 to Hero Oleksandr Darmoros! This is Oleksandr’s January – December 2017 stipends. Oleksandr and his family thank to UCC MPC for the support as it will help for the blind amputee, who last his leg and sight defending our beloved Ukraine, to go through difficult times and get better treatment.
“Daddy, I just wanna you to see again”, telling their heartbreaking story Olena, the Hero’s wife recalling their small daughter’s words.

Please spread the word about Ukraine War Amps, its deeds, as well as share UWA’s page with your contacts, friends, and family!
To join UWA and support wounded HEROES of Ukraine please visit the following link: or get in touch with us here or through the following email:

Container of Aid Sent to Ukraine

On June 3, 2017 a container of medical supplies to assist wounded and displaced victims of Russian aggression was sent to Ukraine by the UCC-MPC Euromaidan Committee. The bulk of the medical equipment was collected and donated by International Hope Canada. Costs for shipping the container to Ukraine were covered by a $5000 donation from the  Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada branch at St. Anne’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Winnipeg, as well as from proceeds of the Ukrainian Women in Politics dinner sponsored by the Winnipeg branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Women’s Council. The container will stop in Toronto where additional supplies will be added, and then sent to a hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine.  Mariupol is located on the front lines of the current war and is an important strategic center.

UCC-MPC thanks everyone involved in the shipping of the this, the second container of aid it has sent to Ukraine, but especially is grateful UCWLC for their generous gift. UCC-MPC also highly values its close relationship with IHC without which the much needed medical assistance would not be able to reach Ukraine.

UCC-MPC Statement on the Anniversary of the Deportation by Joseph Stalin of the Crimean Tatars

Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Manitoba Provincial Council Statement on the Anniversary of the Deportation by Joseph Stalin of the Crimean Tatars 

On May 18, 2017 the world marks the 73rd anniversary of the 1944 deportation of the entire Crimean Tatar – the indigenous people of the Crimean Peninsula – population from their homeland to far-flung regions of the Soviet Union. This criminal act of ethnic cleansing was initiated on the orders of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin as punishment for their alleged collaboration with the Germans during the Second World War. Of the 230,000 Tatars subjected to this crime, some 100,000 perished as a result.

Despite the injustice of the charges leveled against them as a group, and the horrific suffering they had to endure in exile, the Crimean Tatars were only allowed to return to their ancestral homeland in the late 1980s. Upon Ukraine gaining independence in 1991, the Crimean Tatars achieved a level of cultural and ethnic equality they had not experienced under Soviet rule.

With the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in 2014, the fate of the Crimean Tatars has once again become tenuous. Persecution based on ethnic, social and religious grounds has become common, with Tatar language media outlets being banned and local self-government institutions curtailed. Thousands of Crimean Tatars have fled to safe haven in Ukraine. Many leading members of the Crimean Tatar community have been subjected to harassment and even imprisonment.

An extremely disturbing development, according to Amnesty International, is that the Crimean Tartar’s principle representative organisation, the Mejlis, has been banned arbitrarily by the Russian occupational government as an “extremist organisation” and any association with it has been criminalized. 

On November 12, 2015, the parliament of Ukraine adopted a resolution recognizing the deportation of the Crimean Tatars as genocide and declared 18 May as a Day of Remembrance for the victims of the Crimean Tatar genocide.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Manitoba Provincial Council (UCC-MPC) urges all Canadians to remember at this time the injustices suffered by the Crimean Tatars during their deportation and exile. Additionally, we call upon the Canadian Government to maintain sanctions against the Russian Federation until such time that the Russians end their illegal occupation of Crimea. The UCC-MPC also demands that the Russian authorities respect the ethnic and community rights of the Tatar population of Crimea and that they immediately cease the policy of discrimination and repression of the indigenous population of this occupied Ukrainian region.

Minister Ron Schuler, Minister Cathy Cox, MLAs Nic Curry and Blair Yakimoski at the Family Picnic

Nice seeing Minister Ron Schuler, Minister Cathy Cox, MLAs Nic Curry and Blair Yakimoski at the Family Picnic tonight!

Special Thanks to Minister Ron Schuler for amazing speach !!!
Message from Nick Curry-MLA Kildonan : “Great night celebrating the 25th year of Ukraine Independence at #Kildonanpark
Happy to be joined by Minister Ron Schuler, Minister Cathy Cox and MLA Blair Yakimoski”


ЄвроМайдан Winnipeg

Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Manitoba Provincial Council as an act of solidarity, called our community to join in a rally in support of Ukraine.

Ми дякуємо всім, хто прийшов на зустріч на підтримку Euromaidan. Ми знаємо, що народ України цінуємо наше моральну підтримку їхньої боротьби!

We would like to thank everyone who came out  in support of the Euromaidan. We know that the people of Ukraine appreciate our moral support of their struggle.

Below are pictures of the rallies (many by Norbert K. Iwan)