Unprovoked actions by Russian forces are a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We react emotionally to such aggression, as we would if our territory were violated.
In this fluid situation, with much information and misinformation circulating — the fog of war — it’s not easy to know the true situation.
The Red Cross Canada has a Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal and the Government of Canada will match all eligible tax deductable donations—not exceeding $100,000—made by individual Canadians between February 24, 2022 and March 18, 2022, up to a maximum of $10 million.
On to genealogy.
I was pulled up short by Saturday morning’s OGS eWeekly stating that “Canada is home to the third-largest Ukrainian population in the world, largely responsible for early settlement of our Prairie provinces.”
I knew many Ukrainians settled on the Prairies. Were they”largely responsible for early settlement”?
A little Googling found an article Explainer: Why the Ukrainian diaspora settled in the Canadian Prairies in Pique news magazine out of Whistler, BC. It includes the “facts”
- In 2016, there were 1.36 million people in Canada that said they had Ukrainian ancestry (verified at StatsCan), about four percent of the population.
- Of those, almost 700,000 live in the three Prairie provinces (verified at StatsCan), where they make up around 11 percent of the population. (More than half are in Alberta)
- According to official sources, the first Ukrainian settlers to come to Canada were Ivan Pylypiw and Wasyl Eleniak in 1891.
That first Ukranian arrival was in the fall of 1891. The 1891 census showed a population of 67,000 in The Territories (the Prairies);48,000 Canadian-born; 12,000 UK and Ireland-born.
The Explainer states 150,000 immigrants came from the area of present-day Ukraine pre WW1. Data from the 1921 census show the majority came in the early 20th century just before the Great War.
So it’s stretching the truth a bit to claim Ukrainians were responsible for early settlement of our Prairie provinces.
Another 70,000 arrived post WW1; 34,000 between 1947 and 1954; 40,015 from 2001 to 2016. Those stats give a total Ukranian immigration to Canada of nearly 300,000.
The 1,36 million in 2016 is probably an underestimate. People who only have one quarter or one-eighth Ukranian ancestry. particularly those living away from Ukrainian settlement areas, may well not report it as an ethnicity.