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History of Ukrainians in Canada

Oleksandr (Sasha) Kondrashov

Last Updated: October 2020

Course History

The course I kept developing after completing my MSW work in 2008. There is a hope that the course might be offered at the University of Manitoba one day at the history department. I will be looking forward to see more universities in Canada offering courses on Ukrainian-Canadian history.

Course Description

The course will survey several main themes in the history of Ukrainians in Canada since the initial immigration in the 1890s to the present. These themes will be explored in the context of both the Ukrainian and Canadian historical backgrounds. Emphasis will be on the nature and elements in the integration of this large ethnic Group into Canadian society, exploring landmark events in the past one hundred and twenty five years affecting this process.

Educational Objectives/Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able:

  1. Identify five waves of Ukrainian immigration to Canada
  2. Examine socio-economic and social-cultural adaptation experiences of Ukrainian immigrants in Canada
  3. Describe the role of community in Ukrainian-Canadian history
  4. Analyze the impact of prominent Ukrainian-Canadians in historical development of community in Canada

 

Course Materials

Aponiuk, N. (2015). Ukrainian Canadians, Canada, Ukraine, and the popular imagination. Canadian Ethnic Studies, 47(4), 1-10.

Cipko, S. (1991). In search of a new home: Ukrainian emigration patterns between the two world wars. Journal of Ukrainian studies, 16(1), 3.

Dench, J. (n.d.). A hundred years of immigration to Canada 1900 – 1999. Retrieved from https://ccrweb.ca/en/hundred-years-immigration-canada-1900-1999

Gulka-Tiechko, M. (1991). Ukrainian Immigration to Canada under the Railways Agreement, 1925-30. Journal of Ukrainian Studies, 16(1), 29.

Hudyma, K. (2011). Ukrainian language in Canada: From prosperity to extinction?. Working Papers of the Linguistics Circle, 21(1), 181-189.

Katchanovski, I., Kohut, Z. E., Nebesio, B. Y., & Yurkevich, M. (2013). Historical dictionary of Ukraine. Scarecrow Press. (Chronology and Dictionary)

Kondrashov, O. (2008). An exploratory study of the fourth wave Ukrainian immigration in Winnipeg: Problems and perspectives of immigrants’ adaptation. Unpublished MSW thesis, University of Manitoba. Retrieved online from http://mspace.lib.umanitoba.ca/handle/1993/8039 (Chapter 2)

Kondrashov, O. (2018). Famous Ukrainian Canadians Видатні Українці Канади. Youtube Playlist. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBkb7GcuZ8m_QPYsW59Zprqmjk1W3JCPx

Kuromiya, H. (2015). Ukraine and Eurasian History in the Twentieth Century. Harvard Ukrainian Studies, 34(1/4), 195-213.

Lalande, J. (2006). The Roots of Multiculturalism-Ukrainian-Canadian Involvement in the Multiculturalism Discussion of the 1960s as an Example of the Position of the” Third Force”. Canadian Ethnic Studies, 38(1), 47.

Lalande, J. (2007). Building a Home Abroad–A Comparative Study of Ukrainian Migration, Immigration Policy and Diaspora Formation in Canada and Germany after the Second World War.

Ledohowski, L. A. (2008). Canadian Cossacks: Finding Ukraine in Fifty Years of Ukrainian-Canadian Literature in English (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from http://diasporiana.org.ua/wp-content/uploads/books/12772/file.pdf  (conclusion).

Lehr, J. (1978). The process and pattern of Ukrainian rural settlement in Western Canada, 1891-1914. Retrieved from https://mspace.lib.umanitoba.ca/bitstream/handle/1993/3525/Lehr%2C%20The%20Process.pdf?sequence=1 (introduction and conclusion)

Lynn, S. M. (2014). Ethnic identity discourses of recent Ukrainian immigrants to Canada: Interactions between new Ukrainian-Canadians and the established Ukrainian-Canadian diaspora. Retrieved from https://era.library.ualberta.ca/items/5444b331-e92d-401b-ab20-e2ef97cbe944/view/1e9616b1-d294-493c-a99c-dbe11d63ee42/Lynn_Susanna_M_201409_MA-20.pdf (Chapter 4 and conclusion)

Martynovych, O. (1991). Ukrainian-Canadian History, 1891– Present: A List of English-language Secondary Sources (Monographs, Book chapters, Col- lections, Articles). Retrieved from https://umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/departments/ukrainian_canadian_studies/media/Ukrainian_Canadian_History_biblio.pdf

Nedashkivska, A. (2018). Identity in Interaction: Language Practices and Attitudes of the Newest Ukrainian Diaspora in Canada. East/West: Journal of Ukranian Studies, 5(2).

Satzewich, V., Isajiw, W. W., & Duvalko, E. (2006). Social networks and the occupational settlement experiences of recent immigrants from Ukraine in Toronto. Journal of Ukrainian Studies, 31(1/2), 1.

Wayland, S. V. (1997). Immigration, multiculturalism and national identity in Canada. International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, 5(1), 33-58.

Student Evaluation & Assessment

EvaluationPercentageDue Dates
Prominent Canadian-Ukrainian30 %3-minute presentation and Brief Profile
Class Project Part 125%Canadian-Ukrainian Historical Research Concern Selection and 1 Resource Post for Asset Map
Class Project Part 245 %Canadian-Ukrainian Historical Research Concern Poster, Brief Research Paper and 2 Resource Posts for Asset Map
Total100%  

Topics Covered/Course Content

•             Waves of Ukrainian immigration to Canada over 125+ years: Socio-Economic and Socio-Cultural Integration
•             Push Factors: History of Ukraine and factors that influence the decision to immigrate to Canada
•             Pull Factors: History of Canada and its immigration policy to attract immigrants 
•             Prominent Ukrainian Canadians
•             First Wave of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada: Socio-Economic and Socio-Cultural Experiences (1896-1917)
•             Second Wave of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada: Socio-Economic and Socio-Cultural Experiences (1918-1940)
•             Third Wave of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada: Socio-Economic and Socio-Cultural Experiences 1: DP and UCC (1941-1960)
•             Third Wave of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada: Socio-Economic and Socio-Cultural Experiences 2: Multiculturalism (1961-1990)
•             Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Waves of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada: Socio-Economic and Socio-Cultural Experiences: (1991-present)
•             Ukrainian-Canadian Literature and Language Across Waves of Immigration
•             Ukrainian-Canadian History Concerns
•             The future of Ukrainian Canadian Diaspora


Course Schedule

WeekTopic(s) Required ReadingsAssignments
1Waves of Ukrainian immigration to Canada over 125+ years: Socio-Economic and Socio-Cultural IntegrationChapter 2 from Kondrashov (2008); Martynovych (1991) 
2Push Factors: History of Ukraine and factors that influence the decision to immigrate to CanadaKuromiya (2015). Katchanovski,Kohut, Nebesio, and Yurkevich, (2013). (Chronology and Dictionary) 
3Pull Factors: History of Canada and its immigration policy to attract immigrants Wayland (1997); Dench (n.d.)Canadian-Ukrainian Profile is Due
4Prominent Ukrainian Canadians: 3M Video PresentationsKondrashov (2018). Aponiuk (2015).Three minute Video presentation, Canadian-Ukrainian Profile is Due
5First Wave of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada: Socio-Economic and Socio-Cultural Experiences (1896-1917)Lehr (1978) Introduction and Conclusion 
6Second Wave of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada: Socio-Economic and Socio-Cultural Experiences (1918-1940)Cipko (1991); Gulka-Tiechko, M. (1991).Class Project Part 1 is due
7Third Wave of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada: Socio-Economic and Socio-Cultural Experiences 1: DP and UCC (1941-1960)Chapter 3 and 5 from Lalande (2007)Class Project Part 1 is due
8Third Wave of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada: Socio-Economic and Socio-Cultural Experiences 2: Multiculturalism (1961-1990)Chapter 6 from Lalande (2007); Lalande (2006) 
9Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Waves of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada: Socio-Economic and Socio-Cultural Experiences: (1991-present)Nedashkivska (2018); Satzewich,  Isajiw,and Duvalko, (2006). 
10Ukrainian-Canadian Literature and Language Across Waves of ImmigrationHudyma (2011); Ledohowski (2008).  
11Ukrainian-Canadian Concerns: Poster PresentationsChapter 4 and 5 from Kondrashov (2008);Poster Presentation Class Project Part 2 is due
12The future of Ukrainian Canadian DiasporaChapter 4 and conclusion from Lynn (2014)Class Project Part 2 is due
 Check your final grades: Two weeks after the last day of classes.  
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