“Today we stand with Albertans of Ukrainian descent in celebrating Ukraine’s Independence Day.

“We stand with Ukrainians against Russia’s aggressive actions and military invasion of Ukraine.

“The very history of Ukraine is one that highlights the tenacity of a people who have stood against adversity and oppression to step forward as united people and a sovereign nation.

“Across Alberta, their impact is seen and known – from the onion-domed churches that dot our prairies to the countless Ukrainian Albertans who have helped build the province we know today. Their story is an integral part of who we are and where we have come from.

“My best wishes to all Ukrainians and Ukrainian Albertans celebrating. May you have a happy Independence Day.”