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The Ukrainian National Federation is a national organization established in Edmonton, July 19, 1932. The organization has its roots in the Ukrainian War Veterans’ Association but, the Ukrainian community felt a need for an rganization of a general, nationalistic character – one which could encompass all Ukrainians who were conscious of their heritage. Although the organization had the greatest appeal for Ukrainians who had immigrated to Canada during the interwar period, UNF had success in drawing the Canadian born into its ranks. It grew throughout the l930s and l940s and eventually established 92 branches, with major bases of strength in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. It didn’t take long to organize an affiliate: the Ukrainian Women’s Organization (UWO) and, somewhat later, the Ukrainian National Youth Federation (UNYF). In 1930 the UNF printed its official newspaper the New Pathway.
OBJECTIVES OF THE UNF OR OUR CREDO
– To unite all Ukrainian Canadians, regardless of their political, religious or other beliefs;
– To promote good Canadian citizenship;
– To strengthen and expend of their political, religious or other beliefs;
– To promote the place of the Ukrainiancommunity in Canadian society;
– To serve Ukrainian Canadian community by representing its common interests, protecting its reputation and to be wellspring out of which the best of our rich cultural heritage will flow into Canada;
– To inform fellow Canadians about Ukrainian history and culture and promote accurate information about Ukraine;
– To support constructively the independence of Ukraine.