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S.M. 2011, c. 17
Bill 27, 5th Session, 39th Legislature
The Manitoba Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Day Act
(Assented to June 16, 2011)
WHEREAS in 1891 Ukrainians began immigrating to Manitoba where they pioneered and engaged in agricultural activities;
AND WHEREAS Canadians of Ukrainian descent, of which there are at least 167,000 in Manitoba, constitute a greater proportion of Manitoba's population than of the population of any other province or territory of Canada, and Winnipeg has become the home base for the organized cultural, educational and religious activities of the Ukrainian Canadian community;
AND WHEREAS in 2008 the Legislative Assembly enacted The Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day Act to mark the anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine and Genocide of 1932-33;
AND WHEREAS during World War II, a disproportionate number of Ukrainian Canadians registered in the Canadian armed forces to fight for the rights and liberties of Canadians;
AND WHEREAS for over a century Ukrainian Canadians have made invaluable contributions in many fields of endeavour, and their success continues to encourage immigration, which enriches the economic and social well-being of all Manitobans;
AND WHEREAS it is important to recognize and celebrate the Ukrainian Canadian heritage and achievement as part of Canada's multiculturalism;
AND WHEREAS every year for the last 46 years, Canada's National Ukrainian Festival, at which thousands of people proudly celebrate their Ukrainian culture and heritage, has taken place at Selo Ukraina near Dauphin, Manitoba;
AND WHEREAS the National Ukrainian Festival takes place each year on the last weekend before the civic holiday (the first Monday in August);
THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:
1 In each year, the last Saturday before the first Monday in August is to be known as Manitoba Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Day.
2 This Act may be referred to as chapter U7 of the Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba.
3 This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.