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Culture Trivia

During the great European migrations to Canada in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, 170,000 people of which origin settled in Saskatchewan?

A) Russian

B) Ukrainian

C) Polish

D) French


B)Ukrainian. Over 170,000 individuals of Ukrainian origin set out for Canada during the period 1891–1914 as part of the Canadian government’s effort to recruit agriculturalists from east, central and south Europe.   

To celebrate their heritage, Ukrainian-Canadians have festivals throughout the year that are high-energy events that feature nimble dancers, colourful costumes, great traditional music, and of course, fantastic Ukrainian food. These festivals may feature group or individual dance competitions or entertaining demonstration of particular dances in showcases. Festivals also often include arts and crafts sales, bands, choirs and more.

Here are some of Saskatchewan’s upcoming Ukrainian festivals:  

Svoboda Ukrainian Dance Festival, North Battleford
April 26-28, 2013

Kalyna Festival of Ukrainian Dance, Yorkton
May 9-12, 2013

Vesna Festival, Saskatoon 
May 10 & 11, 2013

Veselka, Foam Lake
May 11, 2013 

Ukrainian Day in the Park, Saskatoon
August 31, 2013