FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • What is SUSK Congress?
    • The Ukrainian Canadian Students’ Union (SUSK) Congress provides students from across Canada and internationally with the opportunity to learn more about the Ukrainian Canadian community, as well as ways to grow personally and professionally. With leadership workshops followed by the ability to meet motivated students, SUSK Congress offers a unique experience for Ukrainian and non-Ukrainian students alike. This year’s SUSK Congress will have a special component to teach delegates about the internment of Ukrainian and other ethno-cultural groups during WWI in Canada.

 

  • How much does it cost? What does it include?
    • Early bird delegate fees are $140. This will include meals provided throughout the conference, the program, shuttles between the Calgary airport and the Banff Centre, excursions, and the Zabava ticket.

 

  • Is there funding available for me?
    • There is a possibility for each delegate to receive funding based on the distance from their home institution. Partial funding is provided in the form of reimbursement after the Congress.

 

  • How will I benefit from attending Congress?
    • You’ll learn about a part of Canada’s hidden history — the internment of Ukrainian and other ethno-cultural groups people during WWI lasting until 1920. Thousands of people were wrongfully imprisoned because of their ethnicity. Public records of this dark moment of history were destroyed and SUSK along with our partners hope to raise awareness over this issue.
    • You will also have the opportunity to partake in leadership workshops, learning how to better run your Ukrainian Student Organization (USO)
    • You’ll also be able to meet a number of fantastic people from across the country and make lifelong friends.

 

  • What do I pack?
    • For days of the sessions, pack some business casual clothing. For the excursions, pack comfortable shoes that you are able to walk through unpaved paths. For the Zabava (dance) pack some semi-formal clothing (dress, dress pants, dress shirt, suit, tie etc).  Don’t forget to pack some comfortable clothing and perhaps some hiking shoes for your free time.

 

  • What if I don’t know anyone or have someone to share a room with?
    • This is no problem at all. Make sure to note on the registration form you are looking to share a room with someone and SUSK can coordinate this on your behalf.

 

  • Do I need to speak Ukrainian?
    • There is no requirement to speak Ukrainian. All sessions will be conducted in English.

 

  • How will I get to Banff?
    • If you are not in Alberta, you should arrange to fly into Calgary. From the Calgary airport, we will have some shuttles available to transport you to The Banff Centre.

 

  • Do I need to be 18 to attend?
    • You are not required to be 18 to attend. SUSK Congress does not allow for underaged drinking, and you will be ID’d at any occasions where there is alcohol present (ei: zabava).

 

  • What is a USO?
    • A USO is a Ukrainian Student Organization, which are local clubs located at post-secondary institutions across Canada. Events organized by local USO Executives are aimed at promoting Ukrainian language, community, culture, and fostering a sense of belonging for Ukrainian students.  Some events hosted by a USO could include an Annual Sports Tournament, a Holodomor/Genocide 1932-1933 commemoration, as well as various Ukrainian themed events such as a Varennyky Night or Pysanky Making Night.
    • Individuals who attend from USOs are considered delegates.

 

  • Do I have to be a part of a USO to attend?
    • No, you are able to attend Congress as an observer.

 

  • Is there a maximum amount of delegates that can attend per USO?
    • There is a maximum of 3 official delegates from your USO who will have official voting rights, but all of your members are welcome to participate fully in as observers.

 

  • Do I have to be a student?
    • It isn’t necessary to be a student to attend the Congress. It is necessary to be a student if you choose to run for the SUSK Executive.

 

  • Do I have to be Ukrainian?
    • No, you do not have to be Ukrainian to attend. All that is required is the interest of the topics at Congress.

 

  • How can I join the SUSK Executive?
    • In order to join the Executive, you must be a student from a registered USO. Someone must nominate you for a position by 11:59pm on Friday night. Elections will take place on Saturday, where you will have a few moments to speak about why you are the best for the position. Election results will be released later that evening.