Our Collections

We have been building our library, archival and artifact collections since the 1930s. Our collection includes Ukrainian schoolbooks, records from some prominent Ukrainian Canadians, and extensive textiles, as well as numerous other items. Click HERE to learn more.

The Gift Shop

The Museum's Gift Shop is a popular area for our guests to browse with its large variety of authentic Ukrainian clothing, giftware and books. Whether visitors are from far away or local residents, there is a gift, souvenir or personal item for everyone. Click HERE to learn more.

 

Our Mandate

The purpose of the Ukrainian Museum of Canada (UMC) is to acquire, preserve, study and interpret, on a national basis, representative artifacts which depict the Ukrainian heritage and its contribution to Canada.


We are actively involved in promoting ethnographic arts and history locally, provincially and nationally!



Financial Support

We gratefully accept financial donations throughout the year to help support our museum. Monetary donations help us maintain and develop our collection and the museum. The Ukrainian Museum of Canada is a registered charitable organization (Registration # 119275063RR0001), and can issue charity receipts for donations. We can also work with you to arrange bequests; and are available to discuss options for corporate donations with businesses. 

All donations are acknowledged in our Newsletter.
Cumulative donations over $1,000 are posted on our reception area donor board. Individual plaques are moved up in categories as the donor's historical amount increases.
Categories include:
Friends ($1,000+)
Supporters ($2,500+)
Benefactors ($5,000+)
Sponsors ($10,000+)
Patrons ($20,000+)
Supporting Patrons ($35,000+)
Sustaining Patrons ($50,000+)
Honourary Patrons ($100,000+)
Philanthropists ($500,000+)

Naming opportunities also exist through the Tree of Life Campaign. Please contact the Museum for information.

 

During most months, the cost of operating UMC exceeds $30,000.00. This includes ongoing maintenance of the facility and the priceless collection. We make many efforts to cover these expenses through gift shop sales, fundraising campaigns, grant applications and careful budgeting. 

However, with the changing economic situation, the life of our Museum may be in jeopardy within a few years if we do not take very serious measures to save it. Most of us consider ourselves blessed and, as caret
akers of this legacy, we owe it to our Babas and Didos, and to ourselves, to preserve these beautiful gifts. We must ask for financial support to ensure that the Museum will remain for future generations. Please consider a financial or memorial donation or a bequest to the Ukrainian Museum of Canada. Thank-you!


Download a printable donor card here.


One of the Ukrainian Museum of Canada's most successful fundraisers is our yearly Yalynka Christmas campaign. The museum relies on the generosity of our Yalynka donors to help us provide financially for operations and ongoing exhibits and programs for the coming years as well as protecting the great cultural treasures contained in our collection.

Every year, ornaments returned to us from the campaign card are placed on our Yalynka (Christmas tree) in the reception area. These ornaments represent personal wishes that celebrate individual heroes and champions in our donor's lives. The light that radiates in our hearts is reflected in our gallery tree.


Tree of Life Spadshchyna Legacy
- Connecting past, present and future generations

The Spadshchyna honour roll was initiated in 2012 to recognize and thank individuals who have included the Museum as a beneficiary or who have left a donation through some other form of planned giving.

For information on making a bequest download the attached form. If you have named the Ukrainian Museum of Canada as a beneficiary, or wish additional information, please contact the Museum.

 

Corporate Funding

Continued operations are made possible in part through grant funding from the following:  

     

Exhibition Funding

Exhibitions are made possible in part through funding from the following:  

Hanka Romanchych Ukrainian Women's Association of Canada, Saskatoon

Daughters of Ukraine, Ukrainian Women's Association of Canada, Regina

Olha Kobylianska Branch, Ukrainian Women's Association of Canada, Saskatoon



UMC Newsletter

We produce a newsletter which is mailed out to our membership and also available online. You can view our latest newsletter by clicking HERE.

Our archive of past newsletters is HERE.


Board of Directors

Our volunteer board is elected biennially at our AGM. These members bring their backgrounds as businesspeople, archivists, craftspeople/artists, and their enthusiasm and support for our mandate to our organization.

The following is the 2017-2018 Board of Directors as elected at the Annual General Meeting held September 9, 2017 in Saskatoon.

Past President    Sonia Korpus  
President   Alicia Klopoushak
 
First Vice-President   Elaine Harasymiw
 
Second Vice-President  Mary Humen
 
Treasurer  Adele Trischuk
 
Board Secretary Anita Slobodzian
 
Executive Sec & Fundraising Campaign Chair
Sonia Mysak  
Members at Large Irka Balan
 
  Christine Chayka
 
  Randy Evans
 
  Dan Huzyk
 
   
 

Governance

As a registered non profit, Industry Canada requires that governance be regulated by the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. (NFP Act) To meet the requirements of the new NFP Act, the By-laws were revised as necessary, voted on and approved at the UMC Annual General Meeting held on September 26, 2014 in Regina, Saskatchewan. By-laws of the Corporation and Articles of Continuance (transition) were then filed with Corporations Canada to meet the October 18, 2014 deadline. To view the current By-laws, click here.

 

The Annual General Meeting of the Ukrainian Museum of Canada (UWAC) will be held at the museum on Saturday September 15th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m, by the order of the Chair of the Board of Directors Alicia Klopoushak.


UMC Staff

Director and Chief Executive Officer Janet Prebushewsky Danyliuk
Business Manager  Valentyna Mahina
Collections Administrator
Khrystyna Hudyma
Visitor and Donor Services Administrator Sharon Boyko Morley
Museum Designer
Jennifer Losie

History of the Museum 

The Ukrainian Museum of Canada was founded by the Ukrainian Women's Association of Canada (UWAC) in 1936 in Saskatoon. It was Canada's first Ukrainian museum and served as a center dedicated to the advancement of the knowledge of and the preservation of Ukrainian heritage in Canada. From its humble beginnings and with much community support the museum has developed into one of Canada's major Ukrainian Collections.

 

1975 Letters Patent

Originally, the official name was ‘Museum of Ukrainian Arts and Culture of the Ukrainian Women’s Association of Canada.’ In 1978, a Supplementary Letters Patent was issued by Special By-Law A changing the name of the corporation to 'Ukrainian Museum of Canada of the Ukrainian Women’s Association of Canada.’

 

In 1976, the Museum was given Letters Patent under the seal of the office of the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs; it was legally incorporated and remains an independent and separate legal entity onto itself and autonomous, as defined by federal legislation. It is governed by a Board of Directors and Administrated by a Director who is its Chief Executive Officer. The Museum is a Federally Incorporated Not For Profit Corporation which by its very definition, does not have an owner. This was confirmed by the Government of Canada following extensive legal research during the mandatory filing of Articles of Continuance in compliance with the new Not For Profit Act of October 2014.

 

The first gallery space was located at the Petro Mohyla Institute (401 Main Street) and opened to the public in 1941. In 1965, gallery space was also provided in the new Mohyla Institute when they moved to 1240 Temperance Street. Rapid growth in the late 1960s and early 1970s resulted in the need for expanded space to house the museum's growing collection.  

A new museum building, at our current location of 910 Spadina Crescent East, was completed in the summer of 1979. The museum's staff and summer students began to move in artifacts beginning on Monday, July 9, 1979. It took two weeks to move everything from the old location to the new. Unpacking and set-up, however, took the rest of the summer. The first displays opened in early 1980. The official public opening took place on Saturday, May 24, 1980. 

Heritage Doors in Bronze
, by Bill Epp, were unveiled on Sunday, June 15, 1986. These doors are currently in use as doors for the Special Collections Gallery inside; they were proved impractical as outside doors due to the moodiness of our Saskatchewan weather. 

There are currently four branches and an associated collection connected to this museum. The Ontario and Alberta branches were established in 1944, Manitoba in 1950 and British Columbia in 1957. The associated collection was established in Calgary in the 1970s.

 

Become a Museum Member!MembershipForm

Being a member of the Ukrainian Museum of Canada has its benefits! Free admission to any UMC branch, 10% off Saskatoon Gift Shop purchases, 'Museum News' newsletter delivered to your mail box, voting privileges according to the Museum's constitution, and, especially the knowledge that you are supporting the Museum's ongoing vital work!

Annual membership fee is $20 for individuals and $45 for families (includes dependent children to the age of 18) and is valid to December 31 of each year. Renew early each year!

 

Download our Membership form here.

 

The Dianne J. Ortynsky Scholarship Fund

In 2003, the family of Dianne J. Ortynsky and the Ukrainian Museum of Canada announced the establishment of a scholarship fund in Dianne's memory made possible through donations by her family and friends. This scholarship is administered by the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Saskatoon. For scholarship information and  application details please click here or contact the Museum.