On Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Day, Lamont County revealed a plaque with the names of the first 125 Ukrainian families to settle in the area.
 
Researching all the names for the plaque took about a year.
 
"All the names were researched and assembled by a great crew at the Ukrainian Genealogical Project. They also were the people that did all the research that did all the names at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village where they have 7,000 names. So a very respected group who have done an amazing job," said Heather Atkinson from Lamont County.
 
The county donated $15,000 for the project. The donation included funding for research, the plaque and the creation of maps that show where the first 125 families started.
 
Since the area has some of the oldest Ukrainian roots in Canada, the culture still plays a large role in Lamont County. The county is home to one of only two schools in the Elk Island Public Schools district that teach Ukrainian to their students. The county also has the most Ukrainian churches per capita than anywhere else in North America.
 
About 175 descendants of the families watched the unveiling. MP Shannon Stubbs, MLA Jessica Littlewood and Former Premier Ed Stelmach also attended the ceremony.
 
"We've spent the last year planning the plaque unveiling and getting the ceremony together. It was nice to see a really great turnout," added Atkinson.
 
One of the families in attendance was the Hryniw family, who settled back in 1897. The family said that it was an honour for them to see their name on the plaque and get recognition for their family's long history.
 
"I think it's really touched a lot of people and I hope that the community is aware that we are very full of pride of that heritage," said Atkinson.

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