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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Latvia’s Independence Day:

“Today, we join Latvian communities in Canada and around the world to celebrate Latvia’s Independence Day.

“Canada and Latvia enjoy a strong and positive relationship built on deep ties between our peoples, and a shared commitment to democracy, freedom, and the rule of law. More than 30,000 people of Latvian heritage call Canada home and contribute to our country’s economic, cultural, and social fabric.

“Canada was the first G7 country to recognize the restoration of Latvia’s independence in 1991, following over half a century of communist rule, and the first country to ratify Latvia’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 2004. Since then, we have continued to strengthen our defence relationship: Canada leads the multinational NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group in Latvia, with over 700 Canadian troops stationed in Latvia, working with the Latvian Land Forces and our Allies to reinforce NATO’s collective defence in Central and Eastern Europe. Canada has also increased our military presence in Latvia in the face of ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our allies along NATO’s Eastern Flank. I have had the pleasure of meeting with some of the Canadian troops on the ground in Latvia on several occasions. Their presence, bravery, and determination are a testament to Canada’s enduring commitments to Latvia and the region.

“Canada will continue to work with Latvia to strengthen our bilateral relationship for the benefit of Canadians and Latvians alike. During my visit to Latvia earlier this year, President Egils Levits and I reaffirmed our countries’ shared commitment to building new partnerships, including through innovation, cultural exchanges, and scientific cooperation. In the spring, I also had the pleasure of hosting the Prime Minister of Latvia, Krišjānis Kariņš, to further strengthen our bilateral relationship and discuss the coordination of our military support to Ukraine, as well as security issues in the broader Baltic region. And through the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, we will keep creating good jobs and new opportunities for people on both sides of the Atlantic.

“Today, on behalf of the Government of Canada, I invite all Canadians to recognize the continued contributions of Latvian Canadians to our great country and I offer my best wishes to all those celebrating Latvia’s Independence Day.

Statement by the Prime Minister on Latvia's Independence Day

November 18, 2022 — November 18, 2022Ottawa, Ontario     The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Latvia’s Independence Day: “Today, we join Latvian communities in Canada and around the world to celebrate Latvia’s Independence Day. “Canada and Latvia enjoy a strong and positive relationship built on deep ties between our peoples, and a shared commitment to democracy, freedom, and...

Latvian Flag Raising Ceremony in Guelph on Friday

November 16, 2022 —   We are happy to announce that the Latvian flag will be raised in Guelph, Ontario on November 18 at 9 am to mark the 104th anniversary of Latvia's independence. Thank-you to Arni Miķelsons for arranging this!  Location:  Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street This is a welcome addition to the other flag-raising and "light-up" events across Canada.    ...

Zoom links for November 18 and 19 events at the Canadian Latvian Cultural Centre in Toronto

November 14, 2022 — Of course, we hope you will be able to participate in person if you live near Toronto!  But if not, you will be able to participate via Zoom:  Topic: 18. un 19. novembris KLCT Time: Nov 18, 2022 08:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)         Every day, 2 occurrence(s)         Nov 18, 2022 08:00 AM until...

LNAK News Update e-mail Newsletter

November 12, 2022 — Here is the latest LNAK e-mail newsletter including: a greeting from the Latvian Ambassador to Canada Kaspars Ozoliņš information about November 18 Latvian Independence Day celebrations across the country information about three Latvian films that will be available for viewing this month:  Baņuta  (Toronto, November 16), Valiant!  (Toronto November 18 and online on November 24, and which you can request...

Latvia's Ambassador to Canada Kaspars Ozoliņš' Greeting as November 18 draws near

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Your family's history is valuable - New guidelines on maintaining archival materials

November 9, 2022 — It's been more than a year since the World Federation of Free Latvians together with support from the Latvian Ministry of Culture started to collect information about Latvian archives around the world. in Canada, so far 9 private archives have been registered - if you have archival materials at home (and we all do), you are invited to register your...

Latvia's Parliamentary Election Results

October 7, 2022 — The 14th Latvian Parliamentary elections took place last Saturday, October 1. In Canada, 612 Latvian citizens participated, 537 at one of the four voting stations, and 75 by mail. Latvians in Canada overwhelmingly voted for New Unity - Jaunā Vienotība (57%). The next most popular party was the Progressives - Progresīvie (13%), followed by the National Alliance - Nacionālā Apvienība...

Latvians participate in Canada's Culture Days: Latvian Textile and Knitting Traditions (Canadian Latvian Cultural Centre in Toronto, Saturday, October 15)

October 7, 2022 — Latvian Textile and Knitting Traditions  The Latvian Artisans Association of Canada has been active in Ontario since 1953. Its goal is not only to preserve folk art and national costumes brought to Canada by Latvian refugees fleeing Russian occupation of their country during the Second World War, but also to ensure future generations of Latvian-Canadians have the ability to practise...

2023: Time to start thinking about the XXVII Latvian Song and Dance Festival in Rīga

October 3, 2022 — 2023 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Latvian Song Festival which was first held in Riga in 1873   (and it will be 70 years from Canada’s first Latvian Song Festival in 1953)   The 2023 Song and Dance Festival in Latvia is organized by the Latvian National Cultural Centre and will take place in Rīga from June 30 to...

LNFC Culture Section Chair Agra Vāgnere

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Join Us In Celebrating Latvian Independence Day

September 30, 2022 — In Toronto, the 104th anniversary of Latvian Independence Day will be celebrated on November 19, 2022, at 14:00 at the Canadian Latvian Cultural Centre, 4 Credit Union Drive. The guest speaker will be the Latvian Ambassador to Canada, Mr. Kaspars Ozoliņš.  

LNFC President Fritz Traugott Kristbergs banned from entering Russia.

September 30, 2022 — On September 22, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs added 87 Canadian applications to the so-called "black list" that prohibits entry into Russia. New names added include military officials, lieutenant governors, premiers such as Quebec's François Legault, and members of the country's pro-democracy nonpartisan parliamentary center. Sanctions have also been applied to Bombardier CEO Éric Martel and heads of various...

LNFC Education Section head Elizabete Pētersone invites you to celebrate your child’s Latvian heritage, as Latvian schools in Canada gear up for the 2022/2023 school year.

September 13, 2022 — September has arrived, and children and youth here in the northern hemisphere are back at school after the summer break. Schools in Latvia always start on September 1; in Canada, school starts after Labour Day weekend. Latvian schools in Canada are also opening up their doors to welcome all children of Latvian heritage. It is not just so that they...

JĀbalso! Wednesday, September 14 8:30-10:00 am EDT Party Debate on the Economy and Social Welfare

September 12, 2022 — Watch the debate on the www.jabalso.lv website or on the PBLA Facebook page PBLA Facebook JĀbalso September 14 debate.

Support Ukraine! March of Solidarity Saturday, Sept. 17, Bloor West Village, Toronto (meet in High Park 10 am)

September 11, 2022 — The Ukrainian community has invited us to participate in the March of Solidarity as part of the Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival, Saturday, September 17.  Assembly begins at 10 am (north entrance to High Park), and the March begins at 11 am, ending at Jane and Bloor at 12 pm.  We have been invited to wear national/festive dress and...

JĀbalso! Wednesday, September 7 8:30-10:00 am EDT Party Debate on Education and Culture

September 2, 2022 — Watch the debate on the www.jabalso.lv website or on the PBLA Facebook page.

Election rules have changed: you can vote in person on October 1 with a passport that expired on or after March 1, 2020

September 2, 2022 — Latvian citizens will be able to vote in person on October 1 with an expired Latvian passport, provided that it expired on or after March 1, 2020. On August 30, the Saeima adopted in the final reading the amendments to the Law on Identity Documents developed by the Ministry of the Interior (IeM), which provides that Latvian citizens whose identity...

JĀbalso! Wednesday, August 31 8:30-10:00 am EDT Debate with candidates for the position of Prime Minister

August 30, 2022 — The World Federation of Free Latvians (PBLA in Latvian) is organizing a series of debates in the lead-up to the October 1 Latvian parliamentary elections.  The first debate will be held Wednesday, August 31 at 8:30 am EDT. Candidates for the position of Prime Minister will share their views on the tasks at hand, with a focus on defence.  Parties...