Albertans were relishing in the past Sunday, remembering the pioneers from Eastern Europe that started a life in Canada more than a century ago.
Many across the province celebrated Ukrainian Day by visiting the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village.
Names of the many Ukrainians that came to Canada in the late 1800s were etched on a monument at the village. Norman Diletzoy had nine family members recognized Sunday.
“It’s a pleasure because you figure you accomplished something by remembering what your forefathers did years back when things were a lot different than they are today,” Diletzoy said.
It wasn’t just Ukrainian immigrants being remembered — the houses that they raised their children in were also given a special place at the Heritage Village.
Former premier Ed Stelmach’s had his granparents' third home moved to the village. It has been restored and will be open to visitors.
“It’s an important day for our family, but it’s also important for the whole community in northeast Alberta,” Stelmach said.
“We want to tell our story, the story of the tremendous challenges, the hardships and the regions that various pioneers came from.”