Th collection contains information about the establishment of the Ukrainian Bilingual Program (UBP) in the Edmonton Catholic and Public School systems. Starting as a three-year pilot project, the UBP was finally established in 1978 and further extended in the following years. Parental groups played an essential part in the existence of bilingual programs in general, and for the UBP in particular, because they lobbied governments and actively engaged in local school boards in order to convince them to establish the bilingual program in their schools. The collection contains records documenting various parental groups’ activities, including the Ukrainian Bilingual Association (UBLA), assisting the UBP’s establishment in Edmonton Public Schools, and the Parent Advisory Committee/Society (PAC/PAS), serving the UBP’s needs in Edmonton’s Separate School System.
The collection contains documents concerning the Alberta Parents for Ukrainian Education Society (APUE), an umbrella organization for the existing parental groups founded to coordinate support, promotion, and expansion of Ukrainian language education in Alberta schools, covering their events and activities from 1984 to 1994. There are also records of related organizations such as the Ukrainian Community Development Committee - Alberta section; Alberta Ukrainian Dance Association and others. There is also information about parental organizations in other provinces, and in particular the Manitoba Parents for Ukrainian Education (MPUE). The documents include correspondence, incorporation materials, statutes, financial statements, reports, applications, publications, booklets, etc.