The mission of the University of Manitoba is to create, preserve and communicate knowledge and, thereby, contribute to the cultural, social, and economic well-being of the people of Manitoba, Canada and the world.
The Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies, as a part of the University of Manitoba, operates, therefore, within this rubric. Specifically, the mission of the Centre is to create, preserve and communicate knowledge relating to Ukrainian Canadian culture and scholarship. While our focus must by definition maintain a Ukrainian flavour, nevertheless, the Canadian dimension must be paramount in our thinking. Likewise our audience begins with those of Ukrainian Canadian heritage, but then extends to those who are interested in things Ukrainian Canadian, and ultimately extends to all the people of "Manitoba, Canada and the world".
The Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies, established in 1981, provides undergraduate courses and interdisciplinary programs of study in areas relating to Ukrainian Canadian culture. The Centre also encourages and promotes research and scholarship in all areas relating to Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Studies.
The Centre offers nineteen courses in such areas as Ukrainian language, Ukrainian Canadian literature and folklore, the history of the Ukraine and of the Ukrainians in Canada, the geography of the Ukraine, the government and politics of Ukraine, Eastern Christianity, Byzantine art, and the Ukrainian arts in Canada. These courses can be taken singly, for general interest, as options, or as components of programs in various departments in the Faculty of Arts or in the School of Art.
For students interested in specializing in the area, the Centre offers interdisciplinary programs in Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Studies leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a general major, an advanced major, or a minor in this field. The University of Manitoba is the only university in Canada which offers undergraduate degree programs in Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Studies.
The Centre offers courses on the University of Manitoba campus, during the day and in the evening, and at off-campus locations in Winnipeg. From time to time, the Centre is also able to offer courses at other locations in Manitoba and through teleconference, as well as specialized programs during the summer.
Although the Centre does not offer graduate courses, it is possible to pursue graduate work in Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Studies at the M.A. and Ph.D. levels through Interdisciplinary Programs in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba. Several fellowships are available.
According to pp. 2-4 of the 1981 agreement between the University of Manitoba and St. Andrew's College, the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies shall be concerned with the following functions: (here excerpted)
3) Community Service
The Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies is a creation of St. Andrew's College in Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba.
St. Andrew's College in Winnipeg - a parent institution and a home base of the Centre - was incorporated by an Act of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly in April 1946 and was first located in the former St. John's College, corner of Church and Charles, in North Winnipeg.
The Charter of the College provided for two faculties: Arts and Theology, as well as for eventual affiliation of the College with a university.
In July, 1964, St. Andrew's, as an Associate College, moved to its present quarters built on the University of Manitoba campus - the university of its choice - and proceeded with its gradual integration into the new academic family.
To facillitate this process of integration and, especially, the development and accreditation of an appropriate slate of Arts courses, as a basis of the forthcoming affiliation, the College procured the services of the Reverend O. A. Krawchenko - then a lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina campus - and in 1973, appointed him its Dean of Arts (later, in 1974, Dean of Studies). His mission was to prepare the college academically toward its full affiliation with the University.
In January 1981 St. Andrew's College in Winnipeg officially signed an Agreement of Affiliation with the University of Manitoba, based on its - accredited by now - Arts program, consisting of 17 courses in language, fine arts, history, geography, religion, literature, folklore and political studies. These became the basis of the newly created Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies, housed at St. Andrew's College in Winnipeg at the University of Manitoba. The Reverend O. A. Krawchenko assumed the temporary (1981/82) leadership of the Centre. In January 1982, Dr. Natalia Aponiuk was appointed Director of the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies. The current Acting Director is Dr. Orest Cap, since 2016.
Directors of the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies
Dr. Orest Cap
Dr. Natalia Aponiuk
Dr. Alexandra Pawlowsky
Dr. Denis Hlynka
Dr. Roman Yereniuk