Ukrainian Diaspora in Canada.
A story about what the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada is like. The opinion of an outsider.
Hello, dear friends! I hope you all have a great mood. Be strong, only one day remained until the weekend. And the theme of today’s video is the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada. What do I know about her?
I can say right away that I do not know anything about it from the inside. I only know what I see and hear. And let’s share this very information that I have.
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Let’s start with the story. To date, the Canadian diaspora is, according to various estimates, from one and a half to two with a penny of millions of people. Counting is different, I do not know, some kind of adology, so there is such a wide range of figures. However, nevertheless, it is the eighth largest diaspora in Canada.
How did she even come here? At the end of the 19th century, in the territory of the Austro-Hungarian Empire there was a very long period of crop failures, plus persecutions against Orthodoxy, persecutions in Russian or in the dialect of the Russian language, South Russian, spoken by the inhabitants of the then Austro-Hungarian Empire. There were attempts to Germanize the population that lived there, and, accordingly, this led to the fact that a very large number of people, I think, about 100 thousand people, anchored, and whole villages went to the territory of Canada. Canada seemed such a paradise, because they gave the land, how much you want, taxes, in fact, there was not any, full cultural autonomy – nobody forced you to speak English, profess Catholicism or Lutheranism, believe what you want. Therefore, people in search of a better share went to the territory of Canada.
Of these 100 thousand then, respectively, grew and several million. And what was negative in Canada, not the good side of the medal for which the Canadian government apologized, is that during the First World War, Ukrainians, as subjects of Austria-Hungary, were sent to special camps where the deceased were hungry, from cold, from disorder, etc. Except, perhaps, this black side of the medal, more precisely, the black page in history, with the Ukrainians everything was fine.
To date, the centers of population, compact living, let’s say, the descendants of the same immigrants from Austria-Hungary in the late 19th century, is the province of Manitoba, a little bit of the province of Alberta and a little province of Ontario. Mainly, after all, it’s Manitoba. I forgot to tell Saskatchewan. So, mainly, of course, this is Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Why these provinces? Because these provinces are strictly agrarian, by and large, and are in many ways granaries in terms of grain and in terms of livestock throughout North America. And, in fact, people who came from the agrarian regions of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, naturally, were doing what they wanted to do. And their descendants live in the same place.
It was a little such historical reference. Now, what is the modern Ukrainian diaspora? The modern Ukrainian diaspora is divided into two parts. On those who are descendants of those who arrived in the 19th century, and those who came in large numbers recently. Type me. Those who have come in large numbers recently are, relatively speaking, people who came to Canada within the last 20-25 years. There are two big differences between them. What is it? Those who arrived in the 19th century, they are perfectly integrated, they are one hundred percent Canadians. A very large number of people with Ukrainian roots are members of provincial governments, members of provincial parliaments, deputies, and even there are some who came to the federal level.
As for the second category, these are people who have recently arrived, they are not up to politics, by and large, they are engaged in the organization of their lives. And, by and large, between these two categories there is not even any connection. What I mean? I mean that people who arrived earlier, who are descendants of those from the 19th century, have their churches, their societies, where they go. They take there and newcomers, but the attitude towards them is a bit different, as far as I know. Although they are extremely happy to all the fellow countrymen, whom they consider fellow countrymen. And they are very hospitable, very open people. I talked with them, they really liked me.
The second category, which just arrived recently, they have their own schools here, but these schools, they are, in fact, such folklore circles. This folklore group is very actively represented on absolutely all the holidays that are held. I do not remember a single big holiday, whether it’s Canada Day or St. Patrick’s Day, that is, the Irish national holiday, always on these holidays there is a part of the column that is represented by the Ukrainian diaspora. There, people dress in trousers, girls dress in sundresses, kokoshniki, something else is there, I do not remember what they have there. But something very ethnic, very rural, very rural, everything is as it should be. And against the background, of course, the local Ukrainian part, it always looks very colorful. And in terms of outfits, and in terms of appearance. I believe that, of course, our Slavs, they will give the Anglo-Saxons and the Irish a head start for many, many points.
Further that. I know that it is possible to receive letters of support through the Ukrainian diasporas, which are, in fact, equivalent to the job offer, but, unlike the Jewish diaspora, it is much more difficult to do. This is a more painful procedure, and much more is the number of refusals for those people who turn to the Ukrainian diaspora next so that they receive such a support letter.
What else? And in the first category of the Ukrainian diaspora, and in the second category of the Ukrainian diaspora, everything that is connected with history, culture, traditions, etc. is actively supported, cultivated. The Ukrainian diaspora – both the first and second categories, they are active lobbyists, promoters, advocates of Ukraine’s interests in Canada. That is, everything connected with the policy of Canada, one way or another, with respect to Ukraine, keep in mind that this is not because the government of Canada so wanted, or they came up with such an idea. No, it’s because there is this very Ukrainian lobby within the government of Canada, which promotes this or that position, this or that policy at the government level. This is an important point that you should all understand.
Okay, back from high to simple, ordinary. What else is happening here? Besides these ethnic schools – ethnic circles, there are all kinds of different associations to support Ukrainian entrepreneurs, those who want to open their own business. There are all kinds of different societies that are engaged in trade between Canada and Ukraine, that is, in principle, they can be contacted, and they can help with finding partners here in Canada.
That is, the diaspora is very active. And, in my opinion, among all the Slavic diasporas that are on the territory of Canada, the Ukrainian diaspora is the most amicable, the richest. This can be seen from the parades, it can be seen on holidays, which national, folklore festivals try to arrange here. This is evident from the political demarches that I will not talk about right now, because I do not want to spoil this video. It’s all super, it’s all wonderful. And if you come from the territory of Ukraine, then, of course, you will not be left alone here, because, firstly, as I have already said, there are a lot of Ukrainians here. Secondly, Ukrainians here are constantly holding some kind of activity, some activities in which you can start new useful acquaintances, in which you can plunge into your home environment, which is not enough here. Here, again, there are Ukrainian shops, and you can buy here Ukrainian products, or which are brought from Ukraine, from the territory of Ukraine. Or the products that are made according to recipes are authentic as absolutely what is usually done on the territory of Ukraine.
Approximately such a picture. I probably missed something, but, I hope, in general, you are more or less clear what the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada is like.
I’m taking my leave. I wish you all good luck! And good-bye!
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