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Memorable Manitobans: Cyril Genik (1857-1925)

Click to enlargeImmigration agent.

During the first wave of Ukrainian immigration to Canada between 1896 and 1914, Genik helped thousands of his compatriots to settle in the western provinces and to develop the area’s resources. Shortly after arriving in Winnipeg in 1896, he was named an immigration agent, thereby becoming the first Ukrainian to serve in the federal civil service. For 18 years he provided practical advice and assistance to immigrants as they tried to adapt to life in their new country. His leadership in cultural matters also helped strengthen Canada’s Ukrainian community.

See also:

The First Ukrainians in Manitoba by Paul Yuzyk
MHS Transactions, Series 3, 1951-52 season

Historic Sites of Manitoba: C. Genik Plaque (25 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg)


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 December 2011

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