David Shulist shines the light on the Valley’s Kashubian Heritage.
Councillor for the Township of Madawaska Valley, Shulist is also an author. He says it took him two years to write his book called “Discovering Kashubia Europe – The Fatherland of my Kashubian ancestors”. Shulist says it was only at the age of 47 years old that he discovered his true identity. He says his dad gave him a book on his birthday called “The Saga of the Kashub People” by A.J Rekowski. Right then and there, his curiosity on the topic began. He says he was shocked when he started finding out about his heritage. He says he was told all his life that he was polish yet when he met other Polish descendants from other parts of the Province, he couldn’t understand their language.
When it comes to Renfrew County, he says that there is a small community of approximately 300 Kashubs. He says the community takes part in many events like Kashub Day Festival or the infamous Heritage Cup.
When it comes to the book, Shulist says he never intended on writing it but after making the trek to Kashubia 10 times, and discovering where his roots lay, he says he wanted to make sure the future generation know where their roots lay as well.