I started this site to help highlight Ukrainian culture, issues and events in North America and beyond. I was born and raised in Canada and consider myself Canadian, and with its mosaic culture as opposed to the American-style melting pot I am still free to learn and connect with the vast richness of my Ukrainian heritage.
Both my parents and grandparents emigrated to Canada in the aftermath of World War 2 as refugees like many others, as the third wave in the history of Ukrainian immigration to North America. They came mainly from Germany, where millions were kidnapped from their Nazi-occupied homeland and forced to work as slave labourers during the War. After the war Europe was left in rubble and their native homeland was handed over from their previous Austral-Hungarian and Polish rulers to the USSR by the Allies during the Yalta conference. These former prisoners of wars and slave labourers under the Nazis could not return to their newly-occupied Soviet state, which branded those opposed to Soviet rule as fascists and collaborators who would be ‘repatriated’ as enemies where they would be sent to the camps in frigid Siberia or executed.