About LNAK

LNAK goals

1

To represent, support and serve those of Latvian descent or affiliation, and to promote active co-operation and dialogue between Latvia and Canada

2

To support and promote the wellbeing of the Republic of Latvia in accordance and with universal democratic principles

3

To promote the dissemination of accurate and relevant information about Latvia, its people and culture

4

To provide financial support for promoting Latvian culture in Canada directly and through like minded organizations

5

To promote the spiritual, societal, material and cultural well-being of those of Latvian descent or affiliation in Canada

6

To support and promote co-operation among Latvian organiations in Canada and other countries.

LNAK Leadership

LNAK Executive Committee

President

Dr. rev. Fritz Traugott-Kristbergs

Vice-president

Ingrīda Mukāne-Zemīte

Secretaries

Dace Veinberga

Treasurer

Normunds Goba

Education

Elizabete Pētersone

Culture

Agra Asmus-Vāgnere

Public Affairs

Alberts Upeslācis

Membership

Jānis Lielāmers

Committee members

Rev. Ilze Kuplēns-Ewart, Gunta Reynolds

From the left: Rev. Ilze Kuplēna-Ewart, Elizabete Pētersone, Jānis Lielāmers, Gunta Reynolds, Dr. rev. Fritz Traugott-Kristbergs, Ingrīda Mukāne-Zemīte, Dace Veinberga, Alberts Upeslācis (absent: Normunds Goba)

Board leadership

Chairman
Vice-chairpersons
Vice-chairpersons

Rev. Ilze Kuplēna-Ewart

Roberts Klaiše

Baiba Bredovska

Secretaries
Secretaries

Andra Zommere

Līva Zemīte

LNAK Board of Directors

Iveta Bertovska
Krišs Brauns
Baiba Bredovska
Ēriks Bredovskis
Rinalds Eglītis
Alīde Forstmanis
Normunds Goba
Roberts Klaiše
Dr. rev. Fritz Traugott-Kristbergs
Linda Kronbergs

Gunta Krūmiņš
Ilze Kuplēns-Ewart
Andre Kūlnieks
Viktors Kūlnieks
Juris Ķeniņš
Andris Ķesteris
Jānis Lielāmers
Arnis Markitants
Elita Pētersone
Dāvids Porietis-Bedard

Imants Purvs
Gunta Reynolds
Patriks Rundāns
Aleksandrs Sausiņš
Astrīde Sīlis
Alberts Upeslācis
Agra Asmus-Vāgnere
Ingrīda Zemīte
Līva Zemīte
Andra Zommers

Representatives to the World Federation of Free Latvians (PBLA)

LNAK representatives on the PBLA executive committee

Dr. Rev. Fritz Traugott-Kristbergs (LNAK President)
Andris Ķesteris
Līva Zemīte

PBLA
Cultural Fund

President – Juris Ķeniņš

PBLA Cultural Fund Canadian representative
PBLA Education representative

Elizabete Pētersone

Elizabete Pētersone

Local Representatives

Edmonton

Ena Rudovics

Guelph

Arnis Miķelsons

Halifax

Ingrīda Šķetris

Hamilton

HALO committee

Quebec

Andrejs Vītols

Manitoba

Elmars Dīriķis

Okanagan

Liene Sestule

Ottawa

Sarma Merdian

LNAK Divisions

Elizabete Pētersone

Agra Asmus-Vāgnere

Alberts Upeslācis

Representative in Ottawa: Aija Auziņa

Members: Dace Veinberga, Jānis Lielāmers

Jānis Lielāmers

Dr. Jānis Lūsis

Audit Committee

Gunta Krūmiņa
Jānis Lūsis
Arnis Markitants

Mandate Committee

Astrīde Sīls

LNAK representatives to other Canadian organizations

Latvian Song Festival Board

The board consists of community leaders, whose purpose is to meet every five years to determine the date, place and organizers of the next Latvian Song Festival in Canada.
The LNAK representatives are:
Dr. Rev. Fritz Traugott-Kristbergs
Iveta Bertovska

Canadian Latvian Cultural Centre

The LNAK representative is Ingrīda Mukāne-Zemīte.

Central and Eastern European Council (CEEC)

The LNAK representative is Fritz Kristbergs.

Kristus Dārzs Retirement Home

Kristus Dārzs Retirement Home is a non-profit longterm nursing home in Woodbridge, Ontario.
The LNAK representative is Ingrīda Mukāne-Zemīte.

Baltic Federation in Canada

The Baltic Federation in Canada, established in 1949, is the umbrella organization for the Baltic community in Canada, bringing together:

  • The Estonian Central Council in Canada
  • The Latvian National Federation in Canada
  • The Lithuanian-Canadian Community

The LNAK representative is Fritz Kristbergs.

LNAK Structure

LNAK is the central organization representing Latvian Canadians. LNAK initiatives are determined by LNAK members who have paid their annual dues. Members meetings are held at least once a year. Members vote on resolutions, that direct the work of LNAK.


LNAK leadership consists of the Board, the Executive Committee, and the Audit Committee.

Every four years members in good standing elect the LNAK Board, consisting of three to thirty members. The last board elections took place in March, 2022. The Board meets at least once per year, usually at the beginning of April. The Board reviews reports from the previous year, and adopts resolutions to determine the next year’s plan of action.

The LNAK Board elects an eleven member executive committee that serves for two years. The last Executive Committee elections took place in April, 2022. The Chairman of the Board serves as a member of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee President and Vice-President must be members of the LNAK Board. The Treasurer and remaining Executive Committee members do not have to be members of the Board. The Executive Committee operates according to LNAK’s statutes, to further the goals of LNAK and to fulfil the resolutions accepted by the members and the Board.

The History of LNAK

After the Latvian immigrants settled in the centres of the major Canadian provinces and after the establishment of local associations and congregations, the central Latvian organisations began to emerge, one of the first of which was the Latvian National Federation in Canada. Two of the founders were Konrāds Dobelis in Edmonton and Mariss Vētra in Halifax.


Dobelis had already arrived in Canada in 1927, and as soon as Latvian refugees started to arrive in Canada after the Second World War, he worked to help them with legal matters and accomodations. In 1947 he founded the Edmonton Latvian Society “IMANTA”.


1947./1948. Local Latvian organizations were also established in Toronto, Montreal, London, Hamilton and Winnipeg.


Latvia’s National Opera’s soloist Vētra arrived in Halifax in 1947, where he also tried to help new Latvian immigrants to deal with the practicalities of their new life in Canada.

On the initiative of Dobelis, on September 25, 1948, the local Latvian organizations came together in Toronto. The twelve delegates founded the Canadian Latvian National Association with Konrāds Dobelis as its president. The purpose of the organization was twofold, to help the Latvian refugees who had come to Canada, and to fight for Latvia to regain its freedom. In order to prevent parallelism in the work of relief, the Canadian Latvian National Association and the Latvian Relief Association leadership, on May 6, 1950, the Latvian Relief Association of Canada (LRAC) convened delegates to a joint meeting at which they agreed to establish a joint Latvian central organization called the Latvian National Federation in Canada (LNAK). J. Preisbergs was elected as the first president.


At the time, the statutes of the organization stated that the membership consisted of all Latvians living in Canada.