The Mossey River Municipality is home to many Ukrainian families who immigrated to this area in the early 1900’s. They were drawn here for many reasons but the lure of 160 acres for ten dollars was seen as an opportunity to better their lives.
These courageous Ukrainians brought with them a rich culture, strong faith and a desire to have their children receive a good education.
It is a testimony to their faith when we see, despite the hardships and lack of easy monies, one of their first ventures was to built churches and help establish schools throughout the municipality.
Yes, the schools were government public schools, to which they faithfully sent their children. They understood that a good education was important even though it was difficult. There were the barriers of language, distance and the constant need of their children’s help on the farms.
The many churches throughout the municipality are an outward sign of their desire to praise God for their blessings and have the opportunity to maintain their rich culture. These churches were built through their own physical labour and beautifully decorated with hand carvings and embroidered linens.
In the museums we have gathered a number of pictures and histories of these remarkable Ukrainian immigrants and are always striving to add to the stories. Tell us about your families experiences. This municipality is fortunate to have such strong Ukrainian roots.