Regional Ethnicity: Ukrainian Experiences on the Canadian Island of Newfoundland

Mariya Lesiv (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

This paper in devoted to Ukrainian immigrants who settled on the Canadian island of Newfoundland before Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Unlike numerous other regions of Canada known for their prominent Ukrainian presence, prior to the war the island was home to a very small number of Ukrainians. What identity formation processes do newcomers undergo in places that supply very few like-minded co-ethnics? I engage with this question through the prism of the material objects of “belonging” versus those of “being” in migrants’ homes (Povrzanović Frykman 2019), problematizing the notion of ethnicity via a narrow and nuanced regional prism.

Part of 04-03 Uprooting Ukraine: Resistance and Identity in North American Ukrainian Communities [Hybrid], Friday, November 03, 8:30 am–10:00 am