At 12:00 pm, 6 March 2014, the University of Saskatchewan Ukrainian Students Association will organize a candlelight vigil in the shadow the Lesya Ukrainka statue on the university campus. The vigil is being held to demonstrate solidarity with the people of Ukraine during the current political crisis.
Victoriya Kalchenko, an International Studies major and chief organizer of the event, states: “Students at the University of Saskatchewan, as well other concerned citizens, are invited to come together on campus to express solidarity with the people of Ukraine. There is a real threat of war and we want peace for Ukraine. This ceremony is a small gesture, on our part, in support of the people of Ukraine who both desire and deserve peace. It is symbolic. But it shows what is in our hearts and minds.”
The purpose of the university-based student group is to provide a social context in which interest in Ukrainian culture and issues are nurtured and encouraged amongst students on the University of Saskatchewan campus.
This event is sponsored by the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage (PCUH) at St. Thomas More College. The PCUH enthusiastically promotes the activities of the University of Saskatchewan Ukrainian Students’ Association through financial assistance and institutional support.