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Vita, Manitoba

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Vita (ˈvaɪtə; Вайта) is a local urban district in southeast Manitoba settled by Ukrainian immigrants in the late 1890s. It is roughly by road from Steinbach (via PTH 12 and Provincial Road 302) in the Rural Municipality of Stuartburn. Vita has a multicultural population with residents from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, the largest being Ukrainian and Mennonite. History The community's name was originally Szewczenko, the Polish spelling of the surname of the Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko. When the railway arrived in the district in 1910, the company decided that "Szewczenko" was both unpronounceable in English and too long to be put on train schedules. As the rail-line laying foreman (who was of Italian background) reserved the right to name stations along the line in Italian (though the pronunciation was Anglicized), and thus changed "Szewczenko" to "Vita." Demographics In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Vita had a populatio
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