NOVA SCOTIA

POLISH

HERITAGE

MONTH

Zapraszamy!

Welcome!

Zapraszamy! Welcome!

SEPTEMBER IS NOVA SCOTIA POLISH HERITAGE MONTH!

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By resolution of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, the first Nova Scotia Polish Heritage Month took place in September 2020, and will be held every September. Partners include schools, libraries, organizations across the province, businesses, universities, artists and more!

HELP US RECOGNIZE NOVA SCOTIA POLISH HERITAGE MONTH:
An Invitation to Fellow Nova Scotians!

Featured Artist of 2021

Jo-Ann Dziubek-MacDonald

Jo-Ann Dziubek-MacDonald worked as a Medical Laboratory Technologist in Halifax and Sydney but her love for creating art has always been a steadfast passion. Always a lover of nature, her favorite subjects to paint are plants, flowers and trees and the play of sunlight and shadow on them. She works primarily in watercolor and acrylic paint. She is very proud of her Polish heritage.

As an homage, she has created a series of acrylic paintings in the style of Polish paper cuttings called Wycinanki, brightly colored folk images of flowers, roosters, dancers, etc. Jo-Ann lives in Sydney, NS with her husband and sons. She can often be found on the Baille Ard trails with her dog Burger or gathered around a campfire by the trailer.

Jo-Ann Dziubek-MacDonald

Featured Author of 2021

William Kowalski

William Kowalski is an author, educator, and web design professional. He’s written fourteen novels that have been published by various houses in the US, Canada, and the UK, and have been translated into fifteen languages, including Polish. His most recent novel, THE BEST POLISH RESTAURANT IN BUFFALO, is partly based on the immigration experiences of his great-grandmother, Aniela Łazewska, who came to Buffalo from a tiny town near Poznan in 1908 at the age of sixteen.Some of William’s strongest memories of his childhood include being instilled with a sense of pride in his Polish heritage by his grandfather, William Kowalski Senior, who told him that though the family’s roots were humble, he should always be proud of where he came from.

William Kowalski

Join us for a special exhibit of Jo-Ann Dziubek-MacDonald's work at the Polish Village Hall, 972 Victoria Road, Whitney Pier, on Friday, September 10, from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, September 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free.

See events scheduled for this September!

Download a poster for 2021 Nova Scotia Polish Heritage Month!

What Is Nova Scotia Polish Heritage Month?

A time of sharing

A time of education

A time of enjoyment

A time of welcome

A time of pride and gratitude

WITAMY WSZYSTKICH! WELCOME TO ALL!

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How To Use This Site

LEARN

The first Polish settlements in Nova Scotia were in Cape Breton, beginning in the 1880s. Since then, Polish-Canadians and their descendants have become part of the fabric of the province, and one of the many vibrant groups that makes this place so unique. This site will help document our rich history so that it can be available for all to learn from.

CONNECT

Do you have Polish ancestors who came to Nova Scotia? Would you like to find out more about them? This site will be filled with information about the Polish diaspora to Nova Scotia, so you can find out about your family history! Use our search feature in the menu to peruse the site, or use the contact form below to ask!

PARTICIPATE

All Nova Scotians are invited to participate in Polish Heritage Month… in fact, we very much hope that you do! Would you like to do something in your community, business, or organization to recognize Nova Scotia Polish Heritage Month? Please tell us what you have in mind! Just use the contact form below page to get in touch.

A Message for Nova Scotia Polish Heritage Month from the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia

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    ABOUT THE IMAGES ON THIS PAGE
    Photo of Cape Breton in autumn by Flickr user Dennis Jarvis and used here under the terms of the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) Creative Commons License. See the original image here. Photo of Polish folk dancer adapted from an image by Brendan Lally, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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