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Ukrainians in Canada
A newspaper for Ukrainian Youth


EDITORIAL

STUDENT is free! We don't tow anybody's line. Although sponsored by SUSK, we are not their official mouthpiece.

STUDENT is open! We are a forum of fact and opinion. We will print all facts and anybody's opinion. We have no rigid doctrine which we are trying to vindicate in our pages.

STUDENT is communications! With students, workers, professionals,
hippies. We want to get to vou. It's your newspaper,

so dig in.

The Ukrainian community in Canada is caught between two worlds: "one dead, the other powerless to be born". The Ukrainian student movement must stand on the side of life. Many Ukrainian organizations have become irrelevent to today's youth. Thev are becoming a fatality of the generation gap. Their approach is outdated. They try to teach their youth unquestionable obedience. Today the thing is involvement... Knowledge by involvement, not by passively acquiescing. Youth have to have an opportunity to stay in existing organizations on their own terms. Unfortunately many organizations do not prepare us for living in the community at large, there bv alienating a large portion of Ukrainian youth. Those that stay in the system do not develop competence in controlling their own situation.

Ukrainians throughout their history have actively rejected the yoke of oppression. In Canada we are challenged by the force of assimilation. Only by a radical revamping of present organizations and a strong stand against this threat can we change the course of our history in Canada.

The national SUSK executive has drawn up a very ambitious programme. They have hopes of revitalizing and developing the°stagnant Ukrainian culture in Canada. What they need are people who are interested in actively participating in these programmes or initiating their own. SUSK can only be as strong as you students make it. Change can only come through mass participation.

The course that is open to SUSK is quite clear. Programmes such as field workers are only the first step in the right direction. Hopefully this and other programmes will give Ukrainian youth the opportunity to become active in their communities. SUSK must offer them a meaningful alternative to alienation.

Volume 1 Issue 3, October 16, 1969 (pdf)


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