08/02/2013 12:15 EDT | Updated 10/01/2013 05:12 EDT

Garden at University of Saskatchewan named for Ukrainian feminist

SASKATOON - A garden at the University of Saskatchewan has been dedicated to a Ukrainian writer and feminist.

Thursday was the 100th anniversary of the death of Lesya Ukrainka, who advocated for women's rights in Russia and died at the age of 42.

A tall, bronze statue of Ukrainka, with crossed arms and determined expression, has been moved to the garden outside the Murray Library.

Kenn Ladd says the statue was first unveiled in 1976 but has been refurbished before its move to its new home.

Al Kachkowski of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress in Saskatoon says the presentation of the statue in the mid-70s was controversial because Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union at the time.

He says there was "a little bit of a political message" being delivered to the delegates who came from Ukraine to attend the unveiling of this statue, which was a gift of the government of Ukraine.