MP Stubbs Highlights Lakeland’s Deep Ukrainian Roots


Two Hills, AB — On Wednesday, Member of Parliament Shannon Stubbs rose in the House of Commons to speak about the rich Ukrainian history in the riding of Lakeland Alberta.

The video of the statement can be found here:

This is the text of her statement:

“Ukrainians help build Canada, especially Lakeland. In 1891, they first came to Lamont County where I grew up, the “Cradle of Ukrainian Settlement in Canada” that celebrates the arrival of the first 125 families.

In 1903, my father in -law's family by train to lnnisfree to clear land and plant crops likely before they built houses, like so many others. By 1930, over 50,000 Ukrainians called Alberta home, the biggest community outside Ukraine.

This fall, Lloydminster and Nikopol became sister cities to observe and advance shared past and future. From churches, festivals, the Ukrainian village, the Victoria Settlement near Smoky Lake, the “Garlic Dome” in St. Paul, to the world's largest pysanka in Vegreville, a giant pierogi in Glendon, and kielbasa in Mundare, symbols of Ukrainian food, faith, family, language and culture dot Lakeland. So we remember Holodomor, the communist genocide against Ukrainians, and the people of Maidan who began a movement for a just and free democracy five years ago Canada can and must fight with Ukraine against ongoing threats and for its sovereignty.”