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Presence of more than 85,000 Manitobans of Polish descent has enriched province: Curry
The Legislative Assembly today unanimously passed a private member’s resolution by Nic Curry, MLA for Kildonan, titled Celebrating Over 200 Years of Polish Culture in Manitoba. Through the resolution, the Legislative Assembly recognizes the celebration of more than 200 years of Polish immigration to Western Canada, the preservation of Polish culture and the enrichment of Manitoba by the Polish community.
“During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, tens of thousands of Polish immigrants came to Western Canada and especially Manitoba in search of a better life,” said Curry. “Our province has benefited greatly from the more than 85,000 people of Polish descent who now live in Manitoba.”
The passing of Curry’s resolution comes after Polish people in Manitoba and around the world celebrated 100 years of Poland’s independence this past Nov. 11.
The first Polish people to come to Manitoba were former soldiers from the Des Meurons Regiment who arrived in 1817 with the Lord Selkirk expedition. Waves of immigrants from Poland followed decades later.
Holy Ghost Parish, now the oldest Roman Catholic parish of Polish heritage in the western provinces, was established in 1899 in Winnipeg. In 1933, the Canadian Polish Congress was formed in Manitoba as the “federation of Polish societies,” uniting Polish organizations throughout Canada.
Polish culture and language have been preserved in Manitoba through the activities of numerous Polish associations. The province has several Polish dance groups known for colourful and hand-crafted costumes.