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Ukrainian Bilingual Education in Alberta collection
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1913-1997, predominant 1970s-1990s (Creation)
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220 cm of textual records (17 boxes)
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The Alberta Parents for Ukrainian Education Society (APUE) is a non-profit organization and was incorporated in September 1984 – exactly 10 years after the foundation of the Ukrainian Bilingual Program (UBP) – with a goal to provide opportunities for parents of students in the province's varied Ukrainian programs. It is a provincially incorporated body of six parental groups involved in Ukrainian bilingual education in six of Alberta’s school districts: UBLA = Ukrainian Bilingual Association - Edmonton Public Schools, PAC = Edmonton Catholic School Parental Advisory Society, Brentwood Ukrainian Bilingual Committee, Bilingual Ukrainian Catholic Parent Society of Sherwood Park, Bonnyville Ukrainian Cultural Society, and LUBA = Lamont UBLA.
APUE acts as an umbrella organization in the province of Alberta of these parental organizations and is “a spokesman”, “a coordinated voice for the continued support, promotion and expansion of Ukrainian language education in Alberta’s schools”. APUE serves as a subcommittee of the Ukrainian Canadian Committee (UCC) and deals exclusively with educational matters. APUE’s primary objective is to ensure that each child in the Province of Alberta can acquire Ukrainian language and cultural knowledge through access to Ukrainian Bilingual Programs.
APUE’s activities include recruitment campaigns, organizing events, for instance, conferences, festivals, and the Ukrainian Daycamp, promotion, ministerial correspondences and meetings, and assistance of the UBP’s establishment in Calgary.
APUE has one staff member – the Ukrainian Bilingual Coordinator, who is hired under the auspices of the Ukrainian Canadian Committee - Alberta Provincial Council (UCC-APC). Seconded to APUE, the Bilingual Coordinator acts as their facilitator, and coordinates their efforts in continuing the program's growth and expansion, liaising with parents’ groups associated with the program throughout Alberta, and maintaining contacts with school divisions and the provincial government.
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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.
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Created on 2022-03-10 by MM
Updated on 2022-07-06 by MK
Updated on 2022-08-18 by MC