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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To continue - 27 May 2018

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Messages to historica society - 13 Nov 2019

Concernig mozdzenski ten debil i idijota staru zbeznik gole cycki i dupy jak moe to kitch ten debil mozdzenki

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Kitch producer - 13 Nov 2019

Obidupa i nierob, mozdze ty gnoju wez sie wypierdol do Ukraine i nie okradaj kanady i ludzimi nie hards ty gnoju bos sale vide d’ordure voor za szkoda ze sasiedzi cie nie zatlukli bo JA BYM CiE powiesil ! Ty sukindynie pietdolony budlaku

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Mozdze the shit like you AMD your criminal - 13 Nov 2019

Family should have been exterminated that Amy of you would-be never existing

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ANywith you your bloody kosinski - 13 Nov 2019

That schit woud be worth a drunket’s piss!

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kosinski leszek marytka - 20 Apr 2021

do have the legislature , or you DO the same bloody dirt like both criminal kosinskie had doone to me! ! ! ! cause Canada must be a bloody place ! - three days of Condor - that' was kosinski had doone to me !! three days - ONLY- after my arrivel to Edmonto n as statles refugee 36 heuers roud flith ; i'd been bearly woking! bearly brithing, spend one year waiting for that bloody visa ! would know WHAT CANADA (+UK HER MAJESTY ON THE TOP) me a n s ! WOULD rather OR for shure go russia !! who knows ,THEY would NOT be SO BLOODY RUTHLESS AS FUCKEN CANADIANS WHO HAD ADMITTED THAT SHIT KOSINSKI TO UNIVERSITY OF ALTA ;

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KIDNAPPING NOT TEACHING !!! IS IT UNIVERSITY OR BI - 16 Jun 2021

if the Legislature is so closly related to that > curapted criminal < >lowjacker< that something MUST BE VERY BAD IN THAT PLACE CALLED EDMONTON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TEACHERS TEACH ! AND KOSINSKA HAD BEEN KEDNAPPING THE NEW COMERS TO EDMONTON !!!! TRUSH THEM IN THE DREAM LIKE HOUSE ON THE SASKATCHEVAN DRIVE , JUST BEHINDE UNIVERSITY BUILDING !!!!!! AND

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WHO HAD ATTREBUTED THAT HOUSE TO THE BLOODY - 16 Jun 2021

BUSTERS KOSINSKI LESZEK AND MARYTKA THAT DIRT THAT STUPID MOB !!! AND TEACHING AT THE UNIVERSITY IN NORTHERN AM . THAT 'S A REAL BIG s. STORY !!!!!!!!!!!!!! THESE BUSTERS COULD BEARLY PRONUNCE A FEW WORDS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT KIND OF LAW DO YOU HAVE IN cANADA ???????????? IF IT SO , THAT ANY GIPSY CLAMSY IDIOT CAN BECOME A UNIVERSITY DEAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO TO THE HEL!!!!!!!!!!

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AND THEN , HOW COME THAT THESE >SO ELEGANT PEOPLE - 16 Jun 2021

HAD BEEN DRESSED LIKE LORDS ?????????????????????? WHY UNIIVERSITY PEOPLE , ANYBODY ..... DID NOT REACT! WHAT KIND OF ROTTEN PLACE EDMONTON AND UNIVERSITY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY HAD SOME KIND > A VERY CLOSE RELATIONS WITH THE LOCAL SHIT LIKE MAN MOZDZENSKI DANEK , A REAL DIRT FROM THE GURBIGE STYKING ASS ALWAYS USED WEAR SHOSE SO USED THAT YOU COULD SEE HIS DIRTY TOES !!! - POLISH NOBILITY < HAD ALWAYS SAYING !!!! A REAL FUNY FARM !!!!!!!!!

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$$ - 07 Jul 2021

then great since you had published these words , then some body has got to PAY FOR IT ! tTHE ERRORS - > SONT À VOTRE CHARGE < ! >MES ENAIMIES <FROM THE UNIVERSITY THE BOTH KOSI FOR CRIMINALITY HAVE HAD 50 TH. $ PAR ANUM ! SO , WHO OF YOU HAD BEEN SPENDING ... SO MUCH MONEY ! ! for these analphabets ! you own ME AT LEAST ONE MILION $ ! ! ! SO GO AHEAD AND PUBLISH THAT AS WELL , SO iCAN SEND YOU , MY ACCOUNT N°!! i'M starving ! ! I'M STARVING ! ( KOSINSKI NEVER HAD !!! ) BECAUSE OF THESE CRIMINALS ! ! SO , HURRY UP , BECAUSE YOU DO SAY ! THAT UNIVERSITY OF EDMONTON HAS THAT MUCH , FOR EVERY YEAR EXPESIS !!

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kosi bloody busters colabo is LEGISLATURE ? - 13 Jul 2021

SO YOU HAVE THREE ROTTEN GUYS : KOSI + MOZDZE + LEGISLATURE !!! KEEP GOING THAT WAY , YOU BLOODY BUSTERS !!! FUCKEN S. OF THE B. MOZDZE IS STIIL ALIVE !!! THAT SHIT !!

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

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