A Debt of Gratitude

Straw Jumper: Running the line of hay bales

Between the years of 1891–1914, approximately 170,000 people of Ukrainian heritage immigrated to Canada. Roughly 30 percent of those immigrants settled in Saskatchewan. The Ukrainian agriculturists were attracted to Canada by the promise of free land: homesteads of 160 acres.

Sadly, because of cultural differences including language, customs, manner of dress, etc., the new immigrants were not always treated well in their new country of choice.

Fast forward to 2016, and we see the positive results of that early immigration of the Ukrainian people. Those early settlers, along with many other European immigrants, built up our nation to what it is today. They were salt-of-the-earth, hard working contributors to our great nation and we owe a debt of gratitude to them. Let us, as Canadians, celebrate the achievements of those who worked so hard to provide this generation with the abundance that we possess as citizens of our nation.


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