Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Ukrainians in Canada
A travelling exhibition by the Royal BC Museum
250 square feet
This exhibition, designed and produced with support from Ukrainian Canadian communities, celebrates the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada and the contributions of Ukrainian Canadians to BC and the nation.
The story begins with the arrival of the first Ukrainians in Canada on September 7, 1891, and leads the visitor through the early years of settlement and hard work to experiences of war and internment. The final panels highlight the ongoing contributions of Ukrainians to British Columbia and the continuing celebration of Ukrainian traditions. The exhibition also has a listening station, featuring archival recordings of the Polowy family, who owned a delicatessen in Vancouver, and a recent recording of Roman Herchak describing his family’s experiences in BC. The panels are bright and richly embellished with enlarged details of traditional embroidery, archival images and maps, and narrative paintings by Peter Shostak interpreting the Ukrainian Canadian experience. The exhibition also offers two small matching display cases, allowing communities to tell their own stories through the inclusion of relevant objects.