"Saving Heritage": Stakeholders, Successes, and Project SUCH

  • Author / Creator
    Oneschuk, Nadya
  • Project SUCH (Save the Ukrainian Canadian's Heritage) was conducted in the summers of 1971 and 1972 in the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. Young, largely untrained fieldworkers were tasked with interviewing Ukrainian pioneers in the target areas about their immigration and settlement experiences.This study explores Project SUCH as an example of popular folklore, a term referring to the trend of communities that were formerly under study as they began to study themselves. This work is the first study about the SUCH Project, providing a thick description of the project, then looking specifically at the five key stakeholder groups in its success and how they viewed this notion differently. These stakeholders are: the Government of Canada (the granting agency for Project SUCH); SUMK (the Ukrainian Orthodox youth organization which conceived of the project, applied for funding, and acted as administrator for the project); the student fieldworkers hired as summer employees; the pioneer informants; and current and future researchers who might access the project for a variety of research interests. A particular focus was placed on those who worked as fieldworkers on the project, since they were interviewed for this study over four decades later. I assert that Project SUCH was a partial success in the eyes of each of the stakeholder groups.

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    Spring 2018
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    Doctor of Philosophy
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