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Canada was the first western country to recognize Ukraine’s independence. The historic ties of friendship and shared values have made Ukraine a major trade and investment partner of Canada. Ukrainians continue to travel and immigrate to Canada in significant numbers– in fact, Canada is home to more than 1,200, 000 people of Ukrainian origin, with 120,000+ residing in Toronto. York is working to further develop and maintain its ties within the country through environmental initiatives, research projects and academic exchange programs. York welcomes Ukrainian students to its diverse, multicultural community.

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  • York undergraduate and graduate students from Ukraine in 2015-2016: 98
  • York alumni worldwide from Ukraine: 8
  • York has 440+ student clubs and organizations; The Ukrainian Students’ Club is an association of students motivated by their cultural background to promote tolerance and understanding among various other ethnic groups through the prism of their own culture
  • Education professor Karen Krasny has a grant for a three-year project on “Diasporic narratives and national identities: Contesting historical writing in post-Soviet Ukraine.” In this study, she investigates how Ukrainian diasporic narratives might inform conceptualizations of an independent and democratic national identity in Ukraine.
  • History professor Orest Suubtelny’s work is based on the history of Ukraine and the Cossack era, especially the revolt of Hetman Ivan Mazepa against Tsar ‘Peter the Great’.
  • York history PhD student Karlee Sapoznik has travelled to Ukraine to conduct research on “Holocaust by Bullets”.  As a result of her efforts to bring the light an aspect of the Holocaust that has not been well documented, she was recently approached by B’nai Brith’s League for Human Rights and asked to become a sitting member.
  • Psychics & astronomy professor Roman Koniuk has travelled to Ukraine as a Canadian observer to monitor the rerun presidential election.
  • Languages, literatures & linguistics professor Romana Bahry is the author of Shliakh Sera Val’tera Skotta na Urainu (The Path of Sir Walter Scotto to Ukraine) (Kyïv: Vsesvit, 1993) and Echoese of Glasnost in Soviet Ukraine (Captus University Publications, 1989).
  • York’s Department of History offers a course Modern Ukrainian History focuses on the integration of Ukrainians into the Habsburg and Russian empires, socio-economic change, cultural and ideological development and the emergence of a modern Ukrainian nation.