Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Ukraine's Independence Day August 24

In 1991, on August 24th, in the city of Kiev, the Ukrainian parliament adopted The Act of Declaration of Independence of Ukraine, establishing it as an independent and democratic state.  The act was supported overwhelmingly by the House.  A national referendum on independence was held on December 1, 1991, and the electorate voted in favor (90%). 

Since 1992, August 24th is celebrated in Ukraine and its diaspora as Independence Day.  On December 2, 1991, Canada became the first western country to recognize Ukraine's independence.

In 2006, there were an estimated 1,209,085 persons of full or partial Ukrainian origin residing in Canada (mainly Canadian-born citizens) comprising the ninth largest ethnic group in Canada, giving it the world's third largest Ukrainian community, behind Ukraine and Russia.  Western Canada is the home of most self-identified people of Ukrainian heritage. 

the Verkhovna Rada of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic solemnly declares
the Independence of Ukraine and the creation of an independent Ukrainian state – UKRAINE.The territory of Ukraine is indivisible and inviolable.
From this day forward, only the Constitution and laws of Ukraine are valid on the territory of Ukraine.
This act becomes effective at the moment of its approval.
—VERKHOVNA RADA OF UKRAINE, August 24, 1991
 
 
Having looked everywhere, I have not found any information about whether Calgary will honor this event in any public way.  If you have information to share, please leave a comment for the readers of this blog. Diakuyou!                                                 
 
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