MA Thesis on Canada-Ukraine Relations Successfully Defended

Defence Committee (l-r): Roy Romanow (member); Colleen Bell (Chair); Charles Smith (member); Mitch Dowie; Bohdan Kordan (supervisor); Natalia Khanenko-Friesen (member)

On December 1 2017, Mr. Mitchell Dowie, a graduate student in the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Political Studies, successfully defended his MA thesis titled “A Dangerous World: Stephen Harper’s Post-Maidan Ukraine Policy.” Focusing on Canada’s relations with Ukraine in the immediate post-Maidan period, the thesis seeks to explain the fervency in Canada’s support for Ukraine under the Conservative government of Stephen Harper. The study examines and assesses the ways in which various factors at the system, domestic, and individual levels helped shape the Harper government’s response, emphasizing the role that ideology played in lending a particular quality to the government’s position at the time.

Mr. Dowie was awarded a PCUH Graduate Thesis Scholarship to write the thesis.  The study was undertaken as part of the PCUH’s Canada-Ukraine Initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to nurture and encourage a wider understanding of current Canada-Ukraine relations at the governmental and non-governmental level.

HOLODOMOR AWARENESS ON THE UofS CAMPUS

USUSA Students at Holodomor Awareness Event

As part of Holodomor Awareness Week at the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Saskatchewan Ukrainian Students’ Association (USUSA) in association with PCUH cohosted the showing of the feature film “Bitter Harvest” on campus, November 21. All UofS students and members of the community were invited to the event. An information display created as part of a national campaign “The Holodomor Education Project” was also showcased so that patrons might learn more about the artificially induced famine that claimed the lives of millions in Soviet Ukraine during 1932-33.