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Suggested Programs and Activities for Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Month

Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Display

  • Prepare a display of literature (books, magazines, and newsletters), videos, artifacts,
    and/or bulletin board(s).
  • Locate display in a prominent place in the school or work site (e.g., library, office, central display case).
  • Showcase contributions from members of the Ukrainian Diaspora (local, national, international) through pictures, posters, photographs, etc…
  • Encourage educators and staff to decorate classrooms, hallways and/or walls with examples that reflect curricula outcomes, current or historical events that speaks to the commemoration of the month.
  • Provide resources in staff rooms and libraries to assist where necessary.


Education through Announcements

  • Set aside three to five minutes a day for a public announcement in schools and worksites on the subject of Ukrainian Canadian Heritage during the morning, as part of the general announcement period.
  • Say a prayer in Ukrainian
  • Designate a student (or staff) daily, reflective of the diversity of the demographic of the school or worksite, to read information pertaining to Ukrainian Canadian Heritage (e.g., a quote from a writer on social justice; an excerpt from the work of a Canadian of Ukrainian descent; historical data that reflects struggles and victories; a short poem that reflects the subject).
  • Research and articulate information pertaining to the life and times of saints or clergy of Ukrainian descent (e.g., St. Josaphat)

Curriculum Initiatives

  • Engage students in research on elements pertaining to the Ukrainian Canadian Diaspora with connections to individuals and themes in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, and the Continent of Africa.
  • Have students analyze the messages behind the leaders and the applicability in today’s world.
  • Integrate students’ work as part of various subjects (e.g. (gun powder) - review its origins and people responsible for the development of the subject; research the location of the first university and contributions to the world; Science - review inventors and inventions – e.g., paper, silk, compass, parachute, seismograph and other contributions to the world.
  • Review Canadian settlements (e.g., Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg and connections with the Ukrainian Diaspora throughout the globe.
  • Develop interactive activities for students and staff by utilizing models such as “Reach for the Top” or “W5H” through ‘friendly’ competition based on historical facts and reward students for their work.
  • Have students create songs, spoken word, puzzles, displays, literature that speaks to the commemoration of the month.


Suggested Curricular Activities for Classes and Schools

Ukrainian Heritage Display

In a prominent place in the school, such as a hallway or library, prepare a table or bulletin board to celebrate the month. Arrange pictures, posters, photographs, magazines, newsletters, books, videos, artifacts, or students’ projects to highlight Ukrainian history, culture, and achievements. Encourage teachers to decorate the walls outside their classrooms with students’ work, reflecting their learning about Ukrainian countries and people and Ukrainian- Canadian heritage.


​An Ukrainian Heritage Moment

Ask students to organize and provide information related to Ukrainian and Ukrainian-Canadian heritage every morning on the announcements during May. The information could take the form of a short biography of a prominent Ukrainian or Ukrainian-Canadian person, a poem or an excerpt from a novel, or a brief description of an important moment in history that reflects the struggles and victories of Ukrainians in Canada.


Ukrainian Images in the Media

How are Ukrainians portrayed in the media, particularly in movies and on television? Are stereotypes being perpetuated about Ukrainian people? Are specific Ukrainian groups or other groups omitted or misrepresented in the media? How have these stereotypes, omissions, or misrepresentations affected the way nonUkrainian- Canadians think about Ukrainians? Discuss issues of stereotyping and racism in the media with staff and students.


Folk Tales and Legends

Find and share stories and legends from Ukrainian. Discuss with students the myths that explain natural phenomena. How are legends and myths similar throughout the world? How are they different? What is the role of women, workers, the poor, and children in these stories?


​Researching Prominent Ukrainians

Have students research prominent Ukrainian women and men. Encourage them to consider people from all walks of life (sports, politics, science, history, entertainment, education, or the professions) in choosing a subject. Ask students to share their information through written reports, dramatic role-playing, or portraits.


Storytellers and Artists

Arrange for storytellers or artists to visit the school and make presentations about Ukrainian Heritage Month. For storytelling, encourage staff and students to share their own stories with others.​


Community Initiatives


  • Host a Mass in commemoration of the contributions of the Ukrainian Diaspora towards religion.
  • Invite storytellers and local artists to your school to share expertise and knowledge.
  • Contact specialty bookstores to display resources and give readings to students, as well as presentations to community members.
  • Involve Catholic School Parent Council members to host speakers on the subject of Ukrainian Canadian Heritage.
  • Utilize resources, such as the Consular Corps Association, and invite representatives to present information from countries that speak of the demographics of Ukrainian Canadian students within the TCDSB.
  • Invite local media to showcase school activities in commemoration of the month.