The Ukrainian National Federation (UNF) Montreal branch, founded in 1933, held its annual traditional “Kutia” on Sunday, February 10, 2019 attended by over seventy members of UNF, their family and guests as well as members of UWO (Ukrainian Women’s Organization) and members of the independent theatre group “Stozhary” and organization “Zustrich” representing the most recent arrivals to Montreal.
Welcome remarks were given by UNF executive member Evhen Osidacz. Present were Rev. Yaroslav Pivtorak of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Iberville, Rev. Petro Rudnyk and Rt. Rev. Dr. Ihor Kutash, Parish Rector of St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church and current president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress –Montreal branch.
Special surprise guest attending the “Kutia” was Ms. Jasmine Louras, the Conservative candidate for Montreal’s Outremont riding in the upcoming federal elections. It was her first time to meet members of UNF and the Ukrainian community in the area, to become familiar with the history and contributions of Ukrainians in Montreal and Quebec, an integral part of Outremont’s and Quebec’s cultural mosaic. A program of Ukrainian carols and dancing was presented by youth of Shevchenko Ukrainian Saturday School, their young dancers and members of “Stozhary” and “Zustrich”.
Every year throughout the month of January, the long-held tradition of “Spil’na Kutia” continues on Sundays in numerous Montreal Ukrainian organizations and church parishes. Although the UNF branches in Val d’Or and Rouyn-Noranda in northern Quebec closed in the 1960’s, the two remaining Ukrainian churches in the area continue to hold Christmas mass for the families that still remain.
Among the main events of the Montreal branch this term was the first-time visit by newly elected UNF National president Renata Roman on December 7. Her visit took place when the national board members of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) held their annual general meeting and leadership banquet at the Sheraton-Montreal from December 7-9. National UNF president Renata Roman’s visit to the Montreal branch provided an opportunity to meet with the executive and UNF-Montreal members, and exchange ideas for future programming by the UNF National. UNF is one of the founding members of UCC National in the 1940’s.
On March 23, 2019 the UNF-Montreal Literary Circle will hold an evening commemorating the 250th anniversary (1769-2019) from the birth of Ukrainian writer Ivan Kotliarevsky regarded as the pioneer of modern Ukrainian literature, organized by Rostyslav Nemtsev and his committee.
UNF-Montreal executive for 2018-2019 include Dr. Artem Luhovy, president; Katrusia Smolynec, vice-president; Darya Naumova, secretary; Adrian Kowryha, treasurer; as well as Evhen Osidacz, Anastasia Kyva, Petro Zelenko representative to UCC-Montreal, and Rostyslav Nyemtsev, chair of the UNF Literary Circle. For further information regarding upcoming events contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.