Alberta is taking steps to show its support to Ukraine.

Wednesday evening (Feb.24), the provincial government pledged they would contribute $1-million to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress to help coordinate and deliver much-needed humanitarian aid.

“Our government will always stand by Ukrainians and their elected government. I have been clear that we support Ukraine’s sovereignty and its right to defend its borders – and its people – against adversaries," said Premier Jason Kenney.

Russian forces invaded Ukraine early Thursday. 

Alberta is home to more than 345,000 people of Ukrainian descent. Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Jackie Armstrong Homeniuk spoke at the press conference as a representative of the largest Ukrainian population in Alberta (located in Lamont County) and as a descendant of the first Ukrainian settlers in Canada. 

She thanked the government for supporting Ukraine and said she looks forward to furthering discussions about the situation.

"Ukrainian Albertans have contributed so much to our province’s communities, culture and economy, so I’m glad we can contribute to the humanitarian effort in Ukraine when it is needed the most. I invite all Albertans to stand with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress,” said minister of culture, Ron Orr.

Formed in 1940, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress represents the interests of more than 1.4-million Ukrainian Canadians to all levels of government. The Congress preserves Ukrainian heritage, history, culture and language, and helps settle newcomers from Ukraine.