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2013 - Current News & Events of Doukhobor Interest

December 17, 2013 -
First Annual Spiritual Meeting and Video Broadcast

The USCC Standing Committee on Spiritual and Cultural Development (SCD) is pleased to announce the first Annual Spiritual Meeting scheduled to take place on Sunday, January 26th, 2014 after Molenya which will begin as usual at 10:00am. The Annual Spiritual meeting is being held in response to a recommendation that came forward from the 2012 USCC Annual Convention.  Read more about this event and the video broadcast ...

December 17, 2013 -
Youtube Video - Archangelskoye Choir Concert in Moscow

View recently posted video of this excellent performance at the Great Hall of the Gnesin Academy of Music. The video is about 20 minutes long and the first twelve minutes or so features a performance of traditional Doukhobor music by the non-Doukhobor music students at Gnesin. This remarkable accomplishment was the result of one year's preparatory work by Elena Minulina (see article below) and was the main component of her defense of her dissertation. The final eight minutes or so of the video features the Doukhobor choral ensemble from the Archangelskoye settlement in Tula Oblast.

View this same video on Youtube ...

December 11, 2013 -
Archangelskoye Choir Performs in Moscow

Earlier in 2013, a traditional Doukhobor choral ensemble from the settlement of Archangelskoye, Tula Oblast, Russia, performed a selection of Doukhobor singing at the Great Hall of the Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow. Many of the participants in the ensemble are familiar to Canadian Doukhobors, notably Fred Plotnikoff, formerly of the West Kootenay area of BC, the Baturin family and others.

An email about the concert was recently received by the USCC Website from Elena Minulina, who is presently working on her dissertation about Doukhobor music, entitled, "Doukhobor psalms: the performing aspect". Ms Minulina states that the Gnesin Academy organized several research expeditions to the Doukhobor settlement in Archangelskoye, and that, in her own work, she has also made a study of the Doukhobor Song Library on this Website, as well as the writings of Dr. Kenneth Peacock, who did an extensive study of Doukhobor music in the 1960s, on behalf of the National Museum of Canada and published the definitive book on the subject, Songs of the Doukhobors (Ottawa, Canada 1970).

Ms Minulina has expressed interest in continuing her studies of Doukhobor music among Doukhobors in Canada - which she feels is important to Russian culture. She has also kindly shared some excellent photos of the concert in Moscow.  View Photos ...

November25, 2013 -
Kelowna Christmas Celebrations

The Kelowna Doukhobor Group would like to invite all of our family, friends, and new friends to join us for our annual Christmas celebrations. Our celebration features a prayer service, potluck luncheon, Christmas activities, performances, a Christmas themed raffle and a visit from our very own Russian Santa!

Date: Sunday December 8, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location : Kelowna Senior Center - 1353 Richter Street, Kelowna BC

Please help us to share the warmth of the holiday season with others - a non-perishable food item, or cash donation for the Kelowna Community Food Bank would be greatly appreciated!

November20, 2013 - Send Your Global Christmas Message

Dear USCC Members and friends,

Every year during our Christmas Eve program at the Brilliant Cultural Centre we feature photos, messages, and short videos (under one minute*) from people who aren't able to be there but would still like to pass along their Christmas greetings. Please forward this message to your family and friends who either live outside of the Kootenays or who are unable to attend the program in person and encourage them to compose messages and send us their Christmas photos!

To have greetings shared during the program**, photos and messages should be sent to Marissa Kalmakoff at: by the 10th of December. Thank you for helping to make our Christmas Global Messages a hit and we hope to see you all at the Christmas Eve program.

Warm wishes, The Union of Youth Council

*The Youth Council reserves the right to edit footage for time management purposes.
**By sending us your family photos and messages you are giving permission to have them as part of the multi-media publication during the Christmas Eve program at the Brilliant Cultural Centre


"Help Russian Doukhobor young people visit Canada"

Dear Friends,

Earlier this spring, the USCC Doukhobor Cultural Roots Fund, endorsed by the Russian Liaison Committee, has been set up to help two Russian Doukhobor women visit Canada. The purpose of the fund is to raise enough money to pay for travel expenses for Marina Kariva (38 years old) from Rostov-on-Don and Kristina Foflina (26 years old) from the village of Tambov to visit the Kootenay/Boundary area for the 2014 Union of Youth Festival and experience, even if briefly, life in Canada.


Doukhobors from Russia cannot afford travel expenses to visit Canada. The objective is to raise a total of approximately $5,000.00 – $6,000.00 to ensure that travel costs, incidentals as well as a monetary gift for shopping are covered. Preliminary plans and arrangements are based on a three week visit in Vancouver, Grand Forks and the Kootenay area.


Many Canadian Doukhobors have travelled to Russia and received a warm welcome and gracious hospitality while visiting our Russian Doukhobor brothers and sisters. We hope to reciprocate this friendship by hosting these two young women. Exchange visits help strengthen ties to our ancestral homeland, both spiritually and culturally, while at the same time provide an opportunity for young Russian Doukhobors to experience the rich multicultural mosaic of Canada as well as connect with relatives.


We ask for your group's support. Donations can be made to the Doukhobor Cultural Roots Fund at the Brilliant or Grand Forks USCC offices. Personal donations are tax deductible. Please make cheques payable to: Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ, re: Doukhobor Cultural Roots Fund.


When the travel plans and dates are confirmed, we will have a meeting to plan the itinerary for our guests. All those who are interested in inviting the women to their home, please let us know so that your requests are considered. Also, we are planning on assembling a variety of small gifts and tokens from our Doukhobor community. If anyone or any group would like to contribute to this collection, please let us know.


As an additional fundraising project, we invite you to purchase a Christmas tree from Blagodatnoe. We thank Champion Creek Forest Management for the complimentary trees as well as to all who planted the seedlings about 5 years ago.


To preorder please contact:
Kootenay area:
Eileen Kooznetsoff at 250-399-4240 or email or
Steve Denisoff at 250-399-4264 or email
Slocan Valley: Peter Relkoff at 250-226-7678 or email

Grand Forks
Ken Harshenin (Grand Forks)
250-442-2375 or email


The trees are $25.00 each. Preorder deadline is November 30 with pick up at the USCC
Brilliant Cultural Centre on Saturday, December 7, 2013 (10 AM – 2 PM) and the
USCC Grand Forks Community Centre on Saturday, December 14, 2013 (10 AM – 2 PM). Delivery to the Slocan Valley can be arranged


Let us all make Marina's and Kristina's visit to our area memorable, a once in a lifetime opportunity for two Russian Doukhbor women.


We wish you success in all your endeavors.

Kind regards,
Ken Harshenin and Eileen Kooznetsoff
Doukhobor Cultural Roots Fund



November 7, 2013 - USCC Pre-Convention Meeting Schedule
Sunday, November 10 – 11:00 a.m. GF Community Centre
Sunday, November 17 – 2:00 p.m. Kootenay South and North Communities – Brilliant CC
Sunday, November 24 – 11 :00 a.m. GF Community Centre
Monday, November 25 – 6:00 p.m. Kootenay North Shoreacres Hall
Thursday, November 28 – 6:00 p.m. Kootenay South - Brilliant Cultural Centre

View Events Calendar....

October 28, 2013 - Mir Centre Lecture and Continuing Education workshop: Dr. Jimmy Juma, Nov 16

A reminder that the Mir Centre for Peace will be hosting Dr. Jimmy Juma of the African Peace Building Institute as part of the Fall Mir Lecture Series, on Saturday, Nov 16. Dr. Juma's lecture is entitled "Peacebuilding in Africa: Challenges and Hopes" and will be held at the Shambhala Centre for Performing Arts at the 10th St Campus in Nelson. Tickets are $16 for the public and $13 for students and seniors and will be available at the door. For lecture description and details, please follow the link below:

Correspondingly, don't miss out on Dr. Juma's Continuing Education workshop held at the Mir Centre for Peace earlier that day (Nov 16) entitled "Conflict Transformation and Cross-Cultural Perspectives." This workshop will be of particular interest to Selkirk peace studies, anthropology and sociology students and instructors or anyone interested in conflict transformation. Only $80 for the public and $40 for students. To register for this fantastic learning opportunity, please call 250.365.1208. Please bring a lunch! For workshop description and details, please follow the link below:



October 23, 2013 - Brilliant Bridge Receives Heritage BC's Highest Award for Outstanding Achievement

Read the Boundary Sentinel News Story


October 16, 2013 - Make Some Extra Spending Money for the Holidays!

October 11, 2013 - Georgian Doukhobor Benefit Concert at BCC

October 7, 2013 - Seeking volunteers for Verigin Memorial Park
USCC Committees and designated volunteers are seeking additional volunteers to help with the annual fall clean-up at the Verigin Memorial Park in Brilliant (Castlegar, BC). A beautiful setting that is the interment site of Doukhobor leaders and an important venue for various Doukhobor traditional spiritual gatherings, the Memorial Park has been designated as a provincial Heritage Site, and attracts thousands of tourists and other visitors each year.

"A work party to carry out the annual fall clean-up is scheduled for 9:00 AM, Saturday, October 19, 2013, and will require up to several dozen volunteers. Everyone is welcome, from teenagers to all ages. Those wishing to help out may register with the Secretary at the Brilliant Cultural Centre during regular office hours, Tuesday through Thursday. See "Contact" information, elsewhere on this site.

September 25, 2013 - Doukhobor Discovery Centre
Community Appreciation Open House - Sunday, September 29, 2013
The Kootenay Doukhobor Historical Society is inviting all members of the community to a "Community Appreciation Open House" on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre (Doukhobor Village Museum) from 10 am to 5 pm. Come and see the fully restored grist mill and all the other improvements that have taken place over this past summer. Bring family, friends, a picnic lunch and enjoy a leisurely day viewing the various displays in and around the grounds of the museum. An open mic will be available – admission is by donation. Thanks to Kootenay Market for the donation of cookies and light refreshments.

Lisa Poznikoff - DDC Administrator     Link to - DDC Website       Link to - DDC Facebook

September 18, 2013 - International Day of Peace Schedule

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
International Day of Peace is just around the corner. On September 21st thousands will gather around the world to state clearly that we are working together as one family to say that Peaceful Living is the common quest, need and desire of the world's people. This peace does not involve military interventions, attacks, occupations; nor does it involve abuse or violence by anyone against anyone.

The Boundary Peace Initiative, along with our co-sponsors, The USCC Working Groups and KRUNA, ask you to join us on Saturday, September 21st at 2:00 PM in Grand Forks, B.C at the Slavonic Senior Citizens Center on 72nd Ave and 7th St for a program with the theme - "Defining Peace and Exploring How to Live it". Admission for this event is by donation to cover cost of rent. Also, the Slavonic Seniors hold their monthly vegetarian potluck that day and they are inviting all to come share time and food together by either bringing a vegetarian dish or contributing $6.

Later on that same day, Saturday, Sept. 21st, at 6:00 PM in Castlegar at the Mir Center for Peace on the campus of Selkirk College there will also be a gathering. After the gathering, those present will be welcome to attend a Mir Lecture by Tiffany Easthom, 2012 Civilian Peacekeeper of the Year. For more information, see

We look forward to seeing you and ask that you spread the word to all your family and friends to join us either in Grand Forks or Castlegar for these planned events or you can take the initiative and organize a gathering in your community - the gathering can be big or small, but the idea is to join all our voices together in calling for a cessation of war and violence. Peace lives because we live it.

In Universal Kinship and Loving Peace,
Laura Savinkoff, Boundary Peace Initiative

August 27, 2013 - Grand Forks Lapsha Ladies celebrate a quarter century!

In 2013, the Grand Forks Lapsha Ladies are celebrating their 25th consecutive year of service to the community. Not only have they fed thousands of appreciative people with their delicious noodles, but they have also contributed thousands of dollars in support of numerous worthy causes. As the grateful beneficiary of some of that generous support, the USCC Website is happy to have a special page added in recognition of this inspiring group of women.
View our Lapsha Ladies web page ...


August 24, 2013 - Doukhobor Discovery Centre Receives Significant Infrastructure Grant - from the Castlegar News

The Kootenay Doukhobor Historical Society is pleased to announce the presentation of a $68,000 infrastructure grant by the Honorable John Duncan to the Doukhobor Discovery Centre on behalf of The Honorable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for the Western Economic Diversification Fund. The much needed funding will make a significant difference in the implementation of infrastructure improvements at the Doukhobor Village Museum.

President, Peter Perepolkin along with Museum Administrator, Lisa Poznikoff had the opportunity to showcase the museum and grounds to the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State, the Chief Government Whip and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North along with his wife Donna Richardson by taking them on a tour of the facility after the official presentation at the Castlegar Recreation Centre.

It was privilege to show Minister Duncan the infrastructure improvements that have taken place to date, as well as scheduled upgrades to be completed later this fall. Minister Duncan and his wife were genuinely interested in the history of the Doukhobors as they spent nearly 3 hours asking questions and touring the buildings.

On behalf of the Society and the Discovery Centre, President Peter Perepolkin presented the Minister and his wife with a framed print depicting a Sunday Gathering of Doukhobors in Ootischenia on May of 1928, a gift which the Minister was genuinely moved to receive.

Find this article at:

July 11, 2013 - Local Musical Act, The Grasshoppers, finally make it to the "Cover of our ISKRA"

Read about the Grasshoppers in the current issue of ISKRA.

You may also listen to their Youth Festival rendition of an old cover song they sang as teenagers, using our online player below.

Download MP3 Link

View lyrics


From left to right: JJ Verigin – Executive Director of the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ; Clearisha Cheveldayoff; Brenda Cheveldayoff – founder of site; Larry Ewashen – historian; Ken Cheveldayoff – Saskatchewan Party MLA for Saskatoon Silver Springs and Provincial Minister of Environment (Saskatchewan); Maurice Vellacott – Conservative MP for Saskatoon-Wanuskewin (Saskatchewan); Allan Duddridge – Saskatchewan representative for Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
Read Press Release (En)    Read Press Release  (Fr)
Read Dugout House Backgrounder

June 14, 2013 - Doukhobors: Community of Faith. A new film about Doukhobors in Georgia.
The worldwide RT Network (Russian Television) has recently broadcast a very interesting new film about the Doukhobors still remaining in Southern Georgia. To view the film, use this link to the RT Website.  To read a review of the film, by Koozma J. Tarasoff, use this link to his blog.

May 31, 2013 - The MIR Centre for Peace in Castlegar is offering a Summer Institute
The MIR Centre for Peace is offering a Summer Institute on some vital aspects of education and classroom approaches, as well as current life stresses and the society around us, and how they relate to the economy and our well-being. For more information, use the following link:

For more information on one of the workshops offered ("The Economics of Happiness"), use the following link to an article in the Castlegar Source:


May 20, 2013 - Doukhobor Signage Dedication Ceremony, Slocan Park
Our Doukhobor History - Commemorative Signage Dedication Ceremony, with John J. Verigin, Slocan Valley Choir, Peter Relkoff and other guests.

Sunday May 26, 2013
11:00 AM at the Slocan Park Rail Trail Kiosk
Snacks and social to follow at the Slocan Park Hall

This is a free event, although contributions to the Slocan Valley Rail Trail will be gratefully accepted. - View poster


May 20, 2013 - KRUNA "Gathering of Eagles" Reminder
A reminder from KRUNA and our USCC Working Group that the upcoming Gathering of Eagles Event is scheduled for June 2nd, 2013, to take place at the Brilliant Cultural Centre. The event will begin at 1:00 PM. Read more about this event on our KRUNA Events and Announcements web page here:

May 20, 2013 -Union of Youth Festival Videos now archived on our website
Thanks to our dedicated video crew, we now have a video record of another spectacular Union of Youth Festival. We have exported these new videos from the BCC USTREAM account and archived them on our website where we are pleased to make them permanently available for your viewing convenience - without distracting commercials. As with many web-related tasks, video management is never simple and our web group would appreciate your feedback if you encounter errors in video titles, sequencing and numbering as you view these videos.

You can view our video archive here:

Please note that unlike true video streaming websites such as Youtube and USTREAM, our videos can not be fast-forwarded effectively. But if you observe the video progress bar under the playing video, you will notice movement on a red marker as well as a gray marker. The gray marker indicates the actual video download progress, which is generally faster than the red marker which indicates real-time play mode. To fast-forward, you can move the red marker ahead within the gray area to advance video, at least in a limited sort of way. This is not ideal, but all we can do at this time.

Also - you are reminded to STOP video download or close the video page when your are done viewing videos. We are experiencing a high volume of video downloads and would appreciate your assistance in controlling bandwidth excesses.  Thank you for your patience.

May 16, 2013 - Festival Program and Program Booklets
USCC Union of Youth Festival program and souvenir booklets are now available for sale at both USCC offices, at $5.00 each. They can also be purchased at the door during the event. Courtesy of the Union of Youth and our ISKRA staff, we are posting the Program Lineup page from this booklet, to assist interested visitors and participants with the organization of their weekend. View Program Lineup...

May 14, 2013 - Planned Union of Youth Festival Video Coverage
Live video coverage of USCC Festival activities is expected to commence Saturday morning May18, 2013 at 10:00 AM with the Children's Program. This will be followed by coverage of the Union of Youth Festival afternoon program at 2:00 PM and the Evening Program beginning at 7:00 PM.  Sunday video coverage is also planned but times are yet to be confirmed. View live video on our web page here:  livestream.htm

Please note that only the Saturday Evening Program cameras will be manned or monitored. Other coverage will be streamed from a fixed stationary camera.


May 3, 2013 - Victoria Doukhobor Choir Presents - A New Dawn - Заря (Zarya)
UPDATE: This broadcast recording is now posted on our video page here.

United Church 3703 Saint Aidan's Street (corner of Cedar Hill X Road and Richmond Road) Victoria BC Canada -
Saturday May 4th, 2013  -  12:00 PM - 2:00 PM PDT
The performance is expected to be broadcast live via UStream and can be viewed on the UStream website below at that time:


April 30, 2013 - Arun Gandhi, Friday May 17th, Brilliant Cultural Centre

April 26, 2013 - USCC Union of Youth Make Plans for May Festival

Courtesy of the Castlegar News, April 25, 2013


Greetings from the USCC Union of Youth Council. This coming May long weekend marks the 66th year of our annual USCC Union of Youth Festival. The USCC Union of Youth Council would like to extend a warm invitation to our greater community to come and join us as we celebrate culture, food, talent, and heritage. This year also marks the 70th Anniversary of our Iskra publication, and it seemed only fitting to us to honour this occasion with the inspirational theme: "The Spark Within." With this theme we ask: "What awakens you?" To us, the word "awakens" could incorporate inspires, motivates, fuels, recharges, enlightens and any other feelings that may be associated with the most important things in your life.

This exciting weekend is a time to come together with family and friends from near and far and celebrate Doukhobor culture through performance, nourishment, language, culture, and prayer. Our weekend begins on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with the Children's Sunday School Festival. Next on the program - from 2 to 4 p.m. - is our afternoon segment which showcases a variety of choir performances, talents, and traditional Doukhobor song. The evening program commences at 7 p.m., and incorporates light-hearted entertainment, comedy, and a cappella choirs from all over B.C. Tickets for the Saturday evening program are by advance sales only and available in early May at the Brilliant Cultural Centre. On Sunday morning, our prayer service will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a psalm study and choir performances at 10:30 a.m.

We are fortunate this year that the talented Kootenay Ladies Organization has offered to serve borscht at as sit-down lunch following the morning program. Tickets will be sold throughout the event. Following the traditional Doukhobor lunch, the last segment of our cultural weekend showcasing more performances by various choirs and a Grand Finale presentation, will commence.

This year, on Sunday, we are continuing our celebration at 5 p.m at the Brilliant Bridge observation deck, for the opening ceremony.

To conclude our weekend, a Sports Day will be held Monday, May 20 at 11 a.m. at the field behind the Brilliant Cultural Centre.

We encourage and welcome all members of the community, young and young-at-heart, to join us in various sports day games and a traditional soft-ball tournament.

We believe it is important to all of us children, youth, adults and elders, to contribute to the betterment of ourselves, our families, our organization and our broader community. Therefore we invite you all to collectively celebrate each other and welcome your participation in our 66th annual USCC Union of Youth Festival.

For more information, please contact Kalina Repin, Union of Youth Chairperson, at or Val Samsonoff at the USCC Castlegar office at usccbcc@shaw. ca or (250) 365-3613.

April 06, 2013 Doukhobor Song Library back online!..

As many visitors have noted, the Doukhobor Song Library (DSL) Website, which is normally a click away from our Links Section, has been inaccessible for the past few months. The USCC Web Group is happy to announce that it is again available for use by the wide assortment of Site visitors in Canada and abroad, as indicated by the questions and inquiries we've received since it went offline.

While the DSL Site has not been under the direct administrative control of the USCC Web Group, it has always been considered an important part of the USCC Web Cluster, and has evolved over two decades of USCC-sponsored development, with dozens of volunteers as well as periodically hired technical support. When the DSL Website inadvertently encountered the Malware "infection" that temporarily blocked its use, it fell to the USCC Web Group to remedy the situation, which turned out to be more of a challenge than had been initially foreseen. However, an effective resolution was attained and we are happy to have the DSL online and usable again!

The USCC Web Group would like to gratefully acknowledge Marjorie Malloff, former ISKRA Editor and a key pillar in the development of the DSL, for her cooperation and assistance in resolving the recent challenges with DSL, and Peter Rezansoff, who (along with his wife Elsie) has been our foremost Website benefactor, and who has provided a cost-free hosting server for the Song Library site up to this time.

While the DSL is already a very valuable resource, much further development is envisioned (and will be pursued, as resources allow) in order to make this an even more comprehensive tool for the preservation and development of the unique and culturally rich Doukhobor a cappella singing tradition. The USCC Web Group looks forward to collaborating with all other available contributors in order to attain the vision in the most effective way possible. All DSL visitors and users are also encouraged to send in their suggestions and comments.

Click here to view DSL website.
The DSL is also once again accessible through our Link Section, here. 

March 22, 2013, Mir Centre-Peace Cafe - The Economics of Happiness

March 12, 2013 - USCC Talent Show broadcast audio problem

As you may have noticed, and numerous viewers have commented, the sound quality of the Saturday evening live broadcast was not particularly spectacular. Our sincere apologies to our disappointed viewers, and needless to say, the video team is quite concerned about the reliability of their broadcasts. The technical issues are still under investigation, but they have improvised and restreamed a cleaner copy, all 113 minutes of the program, for your viewing pleasure - now available on our video page. We continue to have our own occasional video playback problems on our website with certain browsers and will likewise continue to investigate. In the meantime, if you are having difficulty viewing these videos, try using another browser. Click here to view ... 

March 5, 2013 - USCC Talent Show live broadcast from the Brilliant Cultural Centre
We have confirmed that the USCC Ustream video team will be broadcasting live video of the upcoming talent show, beginning at 7:00 pm on Saturday March 9, 2013. For those attending in person, the doors to the centre will be open at 6:00 pm. The talent show is scheduled for Grand Forks the following Saturday, March 16th, same times.


You can view the Brilliant live broadcast on our website - Click here to view ...

February 12, 2013 - KRUNA Invitation
The Kootenay Region Branch of UNA - Canada is inviting choirs, singers, and friends to participate in the upcoming event "Gathering of Eagles - Convergence For a Pipeline & Tanker Free BC" - June 2, 2013 (Changed from April 14, 2013) at the Brilliant Cultural Centre.
Read about KRUNA on our website ...     Read full invitation ...

Photo Credit Larissa Sayer via Flickr

February 12, 2013
- Amnesty International Film Festival - Brilliant Cultural Centre - Saturday, Feb. 16


February 02, 2013 - Mir Lecture Series: James Loney, Friday Feb 8th in Nelson

January 23, 2013 - Amnesty International Film Festival - Mir Centre.

January 17, 2013 - USCC Union of Youth announce 2013 spring festival theme.
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January 11, 2013 - Mir Centre for Peace Non-Violent Conflict Intervention Workshop.    View poster ...



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