The Ukrainian Labour Temple viewed from
the corner of Selkirk and McGregor (AUUC),
The Association of United
Ukrainian Canadians has evolved through
a number of organizational stages due
to conditions and climate of the time.
It came on the scene as the Ukrainian
Labour Temple Association (1918 - 1924),
followed by the Ukrainian Labour-Farmer
Temple Association (1925 - 1946), the
Ukrainian Association to Aid the Fatherland
(1941 - 1946); and finally, the Association
of United Ukrainian Canadians (1946).
The Association of United
Ukrainian Canadians is a progressive Organization
with strong and durable roots in the people
and history of Canada. The Association
and its community, from the turn of the
century, constitute the progressive wing
of the Ukrainian ethnic group in the population.
They are the offspring and heir to those
beginnings that grew out of the early
formative years of community development
and the struggle to survive.
What began as an organization and community
of immigrant labour, typical of its time,
is an Association today with a broad popular
base and contemporary democratic goals
in a changing social culture and lifestyle.
The Association and its predecessors have
always been committed to change and progress
in the interests of the people. This commitment
remains as a trust and a duty.
The Association embodied the dream that brought
countless thousands to this country with the future
in their eyes. They came here as builders, to
the frontiers of nation building and they helped
to transform this land and their own lives in
the process. The Association has a vested interest
in peace on that road to the future.
Generations of those born to the pioneers and
their children found "a home away from home"
in the network of temples across the land. These
were places to grow and learn, and to acquire
and enjoy the precious heritage of their birthright.
The new generations deserve no less.
The Association and its predecessors always sought
to establish and maintain creative contacts and
living ties with the ancestral homeland and the
mother root of Ukrainian culture. The Association
has always promoted tourism and cultural exchange
as a means of strengthening ties and building
bridges of friendship and peace between peoples
of one historic family. The future of a new and
expanding culture depends upon continued nourishment
from the mother root.
CHRONOLOGY of the AUUC
1907 - The first Ukrainian language newspaper
in Canada, Chervony Prapor (Red Banner) was published.
Viewpoints expressed set the stage for humanistic
thought in Ukrainian Canadian circles.
1918 - The Ukrainian Labour Temple Association,
predecessor to the Association of United Ukrainian
Canadians, is founded in Winnipeg on March 1,
1918. On that date, a joint meeting of the Ukrainian
Social Democratic Party, the Volodymyr Vinnichenko
Drama Circle and readers of the newspaper Rabochy
Narod (Working People), decided to build Canada's
First Ukrainian Labour Temple. On May 24, 1918,
volunteers arrive with shovels and picks and begin
digging the basement of their new hall, triumphantly
completing it in February, 1919. This Ukrainian
Labour Temple was recently designated as a historic
resource of Manitoba.
1920 - At its first annual meeting, in
January 1920, the ULTA has representation from
12 localities from Calgary to Montreal, effectively
making this the first national convention of the
1922 - The ULTA (forerunner of the AUUC)
implements its far-reaching social program and
organizes the Workers' Benevolent Association
of Canada, to help those in need.
1924 - The ULTA is renamed Ukrainian Labour-Farmer
Temple Association which is incorporated as a
dominion-wide organization with 73 branches in
30 communities across Canada. Many string orchestras,
brass bands and folk choirs, flourish and tour
extensively throughout the towns and communities
1928 - The ULFTA organizes Workers' and
Farmers' Cooperatives in Ukrainian towns and cities.
1929 - By its tenth convention in February,
the ULFTA grows to 187 branches, including women's
and youth branches, two newspapers and two magazines,
63 libraries, a network of children's schools,
and adult education classes. In this year, the
Student Institute of the ULFTA (Ukrainian Labour-Farmer
Temple Association) is established in Edmonton,
with facilities for 50 students from across Canada.
1939 - The cultural high point in this
decade for the ULFTA and a vivid demonstration
of its strength is the First National Festival
of Ukrainian Song, Music and Dance, staged in
Toronto. Numerous spectacular national festivals
followed to the present.
1940 - 1945 - The tremendous contribution
of approximately $700,000 (a significant sum of
money in these years) is collected by our members
for Victory Bonds, the war effort and war orphans
of Ukraine. Over 40,000 Canadians of Ukrainian
descent serve the Allied cause.
1940 - The new name of the Association
of United Ukrainian Canadians is adopted for our
1946 - The Second Canadian
Ukrainian National Music Festival is held in Edmonton,
in July, before a collective audience of 15,000,
involving 1,000 performers, including performing
guests from Ukraine.
1950 -The AUUC is one of the founding groups
of the Canadian Peace Congress and emerges during
the decade as one of the strongest and most consistent
supporters of the peace movement. Three students
are sent to Ukraine to study Ukrainian song, music,
dance and language.
1951 - The Ukrainian Canadian Jubilee Festival
is held in Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, on June
30th commemorating the 60th anniversary of Ukrainian
immigration to Canada. It was attended by 10,000
viewers. The following day, in the presence of
an estimated 45,000 people, a monument to Ukraine's
bard, Taras Shevchenko, is unveiled at the AUUC
Summer Children's Camp in Palermo (now part of
Oakville, Ontario). This was the first such monument
to Taras Shevchenko, on the North American continent.
1952 - The Taras Shevchenko Museum near
Palermo, Ontario, opens.
1956 - A festival is held in Winnipeg.
A monument is unveiled and a museum is opened,
dedicated to the 100th birth anniversary of Ukrainian
writer Ivan Franko.
1961 - A National Shevchenko Festival is
held in Toronto. Approximately 300 people participate
in the first tour to Ukraine, jointly organized
by the AUUC and our sister organization, the Workers'
Benevolent Association, on the occasion of 150
years since the birth of Taras Shevchenko. 20
National Ukrainian Centennial Celebration 2005.
1967 - Ten AUUC cultural groups from across
Canada perform at Expo '67, in Montreal.
1970 - The Shevchenko Ensemble, consisting
of the Shevchenko Male Chorus (formed by the West
Toronto branch of the AUUC), the Toronto Mandolin
Orchestra and dancers, is the first Ukrainian
Canadian musical group to tour Ukraine.
1986 - Combined cultural, forces of the
AUUC from across Canada perform in various cities
in Ukraine as part of Heritage Tour II, organized
by the AUUC and WBA in co-operation with Society
Ukraina. Chornobyl erupts and participants are
first Canadians to donate.
1991 - Auuc and WBA mem' bers respond to
the crisis in Chornobyl and raise over $100,000
in aid, for the people of Ukraine. The AUUC celebrates
the Ukrainian Canadian Centenary with three festivals
in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto. Ukraine achieves
1997 - The Auuc and WBA raise funds and
provide medicine amounting to over $500,000, to
the afflicted children of Chornobyl being treated
2000 - We provide our unstinting support
to the United Nations and UNESCO, in declaring
2000 as the International Year for the Culture
2000 - The Millennium Festival that
projects the AUUC into the 3rd Millennium,
a future in peace, was held in Edmonton.
Year 2000 was a significant historical turning
point, an appropriate time to both reflect
on the social and cultural history of the
AUUC and envisage its future direction.
As Ukrainian Canadians enter a new century
in Canada and a new millennium globally,
the Millennium Festival allowed us to commemorate
and celebrate this historical milestone
from the AUUC unique perspective.
2005 - An AUUC National Ukrainian Centenial
Festival celebrating 100th anniversary of provinces
of Saskatchewan and Alberta was held in the Regina's
Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts. The Festival
featured AUUC performing art participants from
Vancouver, BC to Welland, Ontario and internationally
reknowned violinist Vasyl Popadiuk. The Festival
was honoured by the presence of Provincial Governor
Generals of Saskatchewan and Alberta.