BCU Foundation: Building the Ukrainian StoryApril 20, 2017
Many of the millions of visitors to the Canadian Museum of History will remember the Ukrainian church — an artifact, not a replica, an actual full-sized building — right in the middle of the former Canada Hall. As a powerful symbol of late 19th and early 20th century settlement across the Prairies, the church of Saint Onuphrius, originally from Smoky Lake, Alberta, will remain a focal point of the new Canadian History Hall.
The church provides a strong reminder of the Ukrainian pioneer story as well as a link to the Ukrainian-Canadian community. Visitors are able to step inside the consecrated church to learn more about the first wave of 170,000 Ukrainian settlers who helped shape a more diverse Canada beginning in the early 1900s.
This link was important to the BCU Foundation (BCUF), a leading charitable institution that promotes the vibrant growth and long-term development of the Ukrainian-Canadian community. Launched in 2006, BCUF delivers substantial assistance to noteworthy community-based cultural and educational endeavors in Canada.
BCUF’s generous gift of $100,000 to the Museum supports their common goal: to explore the circumstances and celebrate the people who built and continue to create our country. “BCU Foundation’s gift is our tribute to Canada, the country the Ukrainian-Canadian community has called home for over 125 years,” states BCUF Chair Roman Medyk. “This is a celebration of a Ukrainian-Canadian story and a symbolic mark of our ongoing contribution to the enrichment of Canada’s diversity and prosperity.”