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The UCRDC produces documentary films, prepares educational materials, and sponsors lectures, conferences and exhibits on various topics related to Ukrainian issues.

It also functions as a resource centre with catalogued archives, oral histories (audio and video), photographs, memoirs and personal archives.

The UCRDC depends on voluntary donations – both individual and institutional - for its financing.

It provides receipts for tax purposes.

The one-hour documentary deals with the 1932-33 Famine-Genocide in Ukraine

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Harvest of Despair

Between Hitler and Stalin: Ukraine in World War II, the Untold Story

The one-hour documentary recounts events in Ukraine on the brink and during the course of World WarII.

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UCRDC Archive, established in 1988, acquires, preserves, and makes available documentary sources relevant to the Ukrainian Canadian Community. Access to the archival holdings is provided for legitimate researchers, academics and students. Materials available include ─ video and audio interviews, videos, films, photographs, documents, and books.

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“In its archives, the UCRDC has a collection of oral history testimonies of Ukrainian Canadians who served in the Canadian Armed Forces during WWII ...

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Oral History – Canadian Armed Forces

Travelling exhibit about the internment of Ukrainians in Canada, 1914-20, includes  full text of the exhibit panels.

Exhibit included the showing of Yuri Luhovy’s film about internment, Freedom Had a Price

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The Barbed Wire Solution

The UCRDC cooperates with Leonid Finberg of the Center for Studies of the History and Culture of East European Jews, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, on the project "I am my brother's keeper."

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Ukrainian - Jewish Relations

The groundbreaking oral history project Children of Holodomor Survivors Speak consists of interviews with children of the survivors of the Ukrainian Holodomor (genocidal famine) and is the first such project to address its impact on the lives of the second generation of survivors in the diaspora.

We are grateful to the Temerty family for their gift of support which made this project possible.

The 21 interviewees for this project are:

Olena Bulat

Walter Daschko

Natalia Diduch

Luba Goy

Miroslawa Hec

Alexander Ilchenko

Alexander Jemetz

Tamara Koszarny

Victor Koszarny

Valentina Kuryliw

Victor Lahoda

Dr. Alexander Melnyk

Walter Melnyk

Mykola Moros

Valentina Noseworthy

Iryna Revutsky

Natalia Shchturyn

Rev. Peter Shumelda

Wasyl Sydorenko

Ludmilla Temertey

Olexander Wlasenko

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Children of Holodomor Survivors Speak

Holodomor researcher and demographer Dr. Oleh Wolowyna from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill visited UCRDC at St. Vladimir Institute on September 15, 2016, prior to his lecture "What do we really know about the Holodomor: new research results" given at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto and organized by the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium.

Dr. Wolowyna currently is completing his second Fulbright Research Grant in Ukraine on the Holodomor working with a team of demographers at the Institute of Demography and Social Sciences, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Kyiv. 

The main purpose of Dr. Wolowyna’s visit was to deposit with the UCRDC videos of 10 interviews of Holodomor survivors, professionally produced by the Ukrainian Studio of Chronical-documentary films (“Ukrkinokhronika”) in Kyiv, and donated by the Studio for the Ukrainian diaspora to use and inform about the Holodomor.

Dr. Wolowyna was welcomed to UCRDC by Prof. Jurij Darewych, President, Iroida Wynnyckyj, Archivist, and Bozhena Gembatiuk, Executive Administrator who showed him the Centre's Holodomor section, including supporting documents, materials and videos used for the award winning documentary film Harvest of Despair produced by UCRDC in 1984.

In conjunction with his visit, Dr. Wolowyna also met Marta Baziuk, Executive Director at the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC),  and Bohdan Onyschuk from the Holodomor National Awareness Tour, a mobile learning classroom to engage/educate students and the public across Canada about the Holodomor - Famine Genocide organized by Josef Stalin and carried out in the Ukrainian S.S.R. and adjoining regions of the Russian Federation populated primarily by Ukrainians, particularly the Kuban Region during 1932-33. Group discussion centred on Dr. Wolowyna's analysis,  which questions traditional views of numbers of life losses and victims, based on recent demographic research results, discovered documents, and available data. His comparative quantitative analysis of regional famine losses in Ukraine and in Russia, he contends, provides a new perspective on the Holodomor in Ukraine and the 1932-1934 famine, generally, in the Soviet Union. 


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Dr. Oleh Wolowyna visits UCRDC

Left to right: UCRDC President Jurij Darewych, Iroida Wynnyckyj, Dr. Oleh Wolowyna

were and are active in the development and the vitality of a Ukrainian Canada. To date, 60 interviews have been recorded as this project continues. Today, we announce the website launch of this project, which includes video clips and information from selected interviews that can be viewed through this link: ucrdc.org/ohuc  

These interviews focus on the person’s life story and how they adapted to Canadian society. This focus includes their motivation for participation in the life and organizations of the Ukrainian Canadian community, and what principles, worldviews and beliefs guided them in their accomplishments. The interviews discuss their contributions to the development of the social, cultural, economic and political affairs of Ukrainian Canada and the Canadian community in general. And they also ask how they became interested in Ukrainian-related issues if they are not Ukrainian.

These collected oral histories will ensure that present and future generations are connected to their cultural heritage and its contributions to the larger society. They will help to promote lifelong Ukrainian Canadian learning and foster a stronger and more meaningful continuity of contemporary Canadian and Ukrainian life. UCRDC is dedicated to preserving the past and present for future generations!

A project of this caliber requires a significant investment. If you are interested in sponsoring this program, please visit our website to make a donation online, or mail your contribution to the UCRDC office. For more information, contact UCRDC’s Executive Administrator at office@ucrdc.org.

During this 125th anniversary year of Ukrainian settlement in Canada, the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre has embarked on a grand new oral history project collecting audio-visual interviews with persons from all walks of life that

Outgoing UCRDC President Prof. Jurij Darewych announced that as of the New Year 2017, Prof. Nicholas Derzko now heads the UCRDC as its new President in a planned succession of leadership approved at the last UCRDC Annual General Meeting in June 2016.  Prof. Darewych remains on the UCRDC Board as Past President.

“Mykola” Derzko was UCRDC Vice President and has been a member for many years.  Prof. Derzko is Associate Professor Emeritus in Mathematics at the University of Toronto where he lectures in

New UCRDC President Nicholas Derzko

mathematics with applications to management science and law.  He is also a practising barrister and solicitor, and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Prof. Nicholas Derzko has full support from UCRDC Board Members, as well as that of the Documentation Centre’s group of archive volunteers who meet on Wednesdays.  In one of Prof. Derzko’s first official functions, he accepted a donation from the volunteers - winning lottery proceeds.

Photo: Prof. Nicholas Derzko - New UCRDC President, receives donation from UCRDC Volunteer Marta Waschuk

Oksana Zakydalsky Awarded for Excellence
by UCC, Honoured by UCRDC

Left to right:  Paul Grod - UCC National President, Oksana Zakydalsky,Taras Bahriy - UCC Toronto President, Jurij Darewych - UCRDC President

At the year-end UCRDC Board Meeting on December 5, 2016 in a festive holiday spirit, members shared their joy in congratulating long-time member Oksana Zakydalsky, who on November 22 at a UCC Toronto meeting was presented theUkrainian Canadian Congress Leadership Award of Excellence for her significant contribution to the broader Ukrainian community and the betterment of Canada.

Oksana Zakydalsky is a valued UCRDC Board Member who has contributed since 1988, collecting and archiving documents, developing educational materials and writing numerous press releases and articles. In particular, she conducted oral history interviews with former World War II Canadian Ukrainian servicemen archived in the oral history collection and formatted for internet access, and now a resource for the UCRDC documentary film project “Ukrainian Canadian Military Contributions in World War II”. Currently, Oksana is a member of the film production committee.


On April 19, 2017 Ambassador Waschuk visited UCRDC and shared the latest news from Ukraine.  As a university student, Mr. Roman Waschuk,  Canada's current ambassador in Ukraine,  was involved in preparatory production work on the UCRDC film "Harvest of Despair". 

In signing the UCRDC visitors' book he wrote:

"Happy to join in the non-stop activity of the mega-volunteers at UCRDC!"

Ambassador Waschuk - second from left