Alberta Legislature

10820 – 98 Avenue, Edmonton

In the early 1900s, Ukrainian workers provided unskilled labour during construction of the Alberta legislature. A century later, Edward Stelmach, descended from that same generation of Ukrainian immigrants, became Alberta’s 13th premier. On the grounds, prominently located near the fountain, the sculpture The Commitment commemorates the centenary of Ukrainian immigration and settlement. 

Ukrainian workers provided much of the unskilled and undocumented labour for the construction of early Edmonton’s infrastructure, ranging from streets and sewers to buildings like the Alberta legislature. Recorded Ukrainian interaction with the provincial seat of power dates from 1913 when Andrew Shandro, running for the Liberals in the rural Whitford constituency, became the first Ukrainian elected to the Alberta Legislative Assembly. In 2006 a farmer and the sitting member from the same area, Progressive Conservative Edward (Ed) Stelmach became the first premier of Ukrainian origin, sparking a cartoonist in the local press to replace the dome on the legislature building with a Ukrainian Easter egg. Stelmach resigned as premier in 2011; his official portrait, unveiled in the legislature building beside those of his predecessors in 2012, includes an Easter egg in the bottom left corner. When Ukrainian Canadians celebrated the centennial of their immigration and settlement in 1991, Ukrainians in Alberta debated where best to erect a commemorative statue for maximum public impact. One option would have been in the old bloc settlement east of Edmonton where the great majority of immigrants had homesteaded. The second option, ultimately chosen, was a much more accessible and politically symbolic location on the recently revamped grounds of the Alberta Legislature. The bronze statue, The Commitment, by Edmonton sculptor Danek Możdżeński, occupies a prominent spot near the central fountain. It features a young immigrant family flanked by an array of emotionally charged objects. On one side, representing Ukrainians’ old-world cultural heritage, are musical instruments, ritual breads, an Easter basket, a sheaf of wheat, an embroidered runner and dancing shoes. On the other side, representing the prairie immigrant and pioneer experience, are several trunks, a plough, sacks of grain and the hand tools needed for breaking and harvesting the land. 

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mozde TY BANDYTO TY GNOJU ! - 20 Mar 2018

ty skurwiala mordo ty kryminalisto ty LUDZKI GNOJU !! nikt ci tej bandyckiej mordy nie obil ! ale jeszcz przyjdzie ten czas! wielka szkoda ze ta bandycka -rwa kosinska zdachla i chyba jej pierdolony maz ! ten gestapowiec co nogami i rekoma zabieral mi moje biedne dolce , zebys zdech ty bydlaku !- udajesz przyjemniaczka NADAL ! ty skurvielu ty kidnapper , and fucken buster ! udalo ci sie porvanie mnie z Pan -Am motelu ale rurom po bandycklim -ryju ! dostales ! - ale zes skurviel SKONCZONY to dalei grales ! i porwales mniety bydlaku do twojej hlewni swin ! close to White ave. - ty bydlku TY BYDLAKU TY BUDLAKU I TAZ TWOJA KURVA KOSINSKA TA STARA ANALFABETKA ! ta twoja ulubiona kurva ! polska pierdolona ras ! co za szkoda ze ta twoja mamusie ta stara kryminalista nie skonczyla swojego fucken life ! w obozie concentracyjnym - i wyadala TAKIEGO PIERDOLONEGO SKURVIALEGO KRYMINALISTE PRZEBRANEGO ZA PIERDOLONEGO HYPER KICZOWNIKA ( un vrai sculpteur de merde ! ) ZBEREZNIKA I GNOJA I KRIMINALISTE KTORY ZABRAL MI ZYCIOWOM SZANSE ZYCIA W KANADZIE !!! zabierajac MI POMOC RZADU KANDY BY SYCIC TWOJA PODLOM DUPE NIENAZARTEGO GNOJA !

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MOZDZENSKI DANEK FUCKEN NAZI ganster ! - 20 Mar 2018

AND HIS MOTHER THE CRIMINAL GANGSTER WHO HAD ESCAPED FROM GERMAN CONCERTATION CAMP!!! what a shame FOR ANY CANADIAN - TO SPLIT THE CANADIAN SOILE AND SHARE IT WITH GANGSTERS LIKE MOZDZENSKI DANEK AND KOSINSKA MARYTKA , MOZDZ CO- gangster ! oh gays in Canada I tell you §! - shame on all of you who - DO RECOGNIZE THESE CRIMINALS , pretending art-peopol ! and gangsters and f. busters to be hunged like bloody dogs ! In the past it used to be like that ! -what a pity never more ! - because THEY HAD HAVE HUNGED MY LIFE ! - and I was ONLY 20 years old !

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mozdzenski danek - 29 Mar 2018

ce sale type de mérde qui pretedé toujour d"etre artiste ! MAIS A OUBLIé de replé qu'il sois comme sa sale maman ( qui s'enfuie du camp de concentration allemend ! ) gangster et sale criminel , qui ne s'hesite de kidnapé" un jeune de 20 ans ! pour qu'il pay ce sale déponses de NEVER WORKING MAN ! NeVER ASSIMILATED buster ! ! ! quelle espace de canail ! le vomis social !

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danek mozdzenski - 29 Mar 2018

AND YOUR CANADIAN LEGISLATION GOES WITH THIS BUSTER AND GUNGSTER ! congratulation ! than !

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Rouen people in roken places like Edmonton - 27 May 2018

The gangsters kosinska plus mozdzenski strongly Backed the first so calle de treaching staff ! Do you know if thèse would travail to te acheter in Europe? They would be jailled !

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Mozdzenski ganster - 27 May 2018

Your very pour culture , the real discuter says that some idiots like kosinska ,mozdzenski best friend can te acheter,

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To continue - 27 May 2018

Android nobady have

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mozdzenski ........... how strange , they say that - 18 Sep 2018

he'd been in so many places like england , poland BUT YOU FORGOT TO MENTION THAT MUNICIPAL PRISON SHOULD HAVE SEND HIM AN INVITATION AND DO NOT OMIT KOSINSKI 'S NAME AS WELL . WILD PLACE LIKE EDMONTON AND UNIVERSITY OF BUSTERS AND KIDNAPERS - THAT'S ALL WHAT YOU ARE !

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Era: Urban Settlement
Themes: Government
Cultural Groups: Ukrainian
Area: Central

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