Commemoration of the Tragedy of the Mass Baltic Deportations – Aizvesto piemiņas atcere  


Around the globe, Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians and their friends gathered in remembrance of the victims of 

genocide during the Nazi and Soviet occupations of their homelands. In Canada, almost every family with Baltic roots has a story of suffering and loss.

In the Baltic States, the deportations began in 1941 and were followed by ever greater round ups and ethnic cleansing in years to come.

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News Release


Technical Arrangement to support NATO Enhanced Forward Presence in Latvia


April 18, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces


Canada is a leading member of NATO that has always deployed our troops and equipment when and where they are needed most. The Government of Canada is committed to taking concrete action so that Canadians – and people around the world – can feel safe and secure in their communities. Canada will lead a robust multinational NATO battlegroup in Latvia, becoming one of four Framework Nations, as part of the Alliance’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) in Central and Eastern Europe.


A Technical Arrangement was signed by Brigadier-General Bruce Ploughman, Chief of Staff Readiness Canadian Joint Operations Command, and Brigadier-General Ivo Mogilnijs, Chief of Staff of the Joint Headquarters of the Latvian National Armed Forces today during a ceremony in Riga, Latvia, in the presence of His Excellency Alain Hausser, the Ambassador of Canada to Latvia, and Brigadier-General (retired) Juris Kiukucāns, Executive Secretary for Military Capability Development, Latvian Ministry of Defence.


The Technical Arrangement between Canada and Latvia outlines the general principles, conditions and terms of reference governing the establishment and operation of the NATO eFP Battlegroup.


The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces are committed to the successful establishment of the NATO eFP Battlegroup. The timely establishment of this arrangement demonstrates our resolve to work hand-in-hand with our NATO Allies.




“This event brings us one step closer to the arrival of Canadian Armed Forces personnel in Latvia, alongside our partners from Albania, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and Spain. Our leadership of the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup reaffirms our unwavering commitment to NATO and its goal of collective security.”


Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister


“I am pleased that Canada led battlegroup will be soon deployed in Latvia, and this arrangement is the basis of its successful deployment in our country and provision of host nation support for it. Latvia is a member of the strongest military alliance in the world, and the presence of Canada led battle group in Latvia will strengthen our security significantly.”


Raimonds Bergmanis, Latvian Defence Minister


“We will soon be deploying a sizable force to Latvia to strengthen NATO’s posture in Central and Eastern Europe. The women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces are among the best in the world, and I am confident our presence will effectively promote security and stability in the region. “


General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff


Quick Facts


  • Canada will be establishing its largest sustained military presence on Allied territory since the early 1990s by leading a multinational eFP Battlegroup in Latvia as part of Operation REASSURANCE.


  • Canada will contribute a Land Task Force of up to 455 personnel including a battlegroup headquarters element, a mechanized infantry company, combat service support, vehicles and equipment based in Latvia to support NATO’s eFP in Eastern and Central Europe.


  • As announced by the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in July 2016, Canada has committed land, sea and air assets to further strengthen NATO’s deterrence and defence posture and to further assure our Allies of NATO’s commitment to our common security under Operation REASSURANCE.


  • The presence of the Canadian-led eFP Battlegroup is defensive, proportionate and fully in line with NATO’s international commitments.


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Boosting NATO’s Presence in the east and southeast





Jordan Owens Press Secretary Office of the Minister of National Defence (613) 996-3100


Media Relations

Department of National Defence

Phone: 613-996-2353

Toll-Free: 1-866-377-0811


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Unique Flag of Latvia arrives in Vancouver on its global journey!

  The Latvian Flag and the Latvian Diaspora


Next year, on the 18th of November 2018, Latvia will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its Declaration of Independence and the founding of the State of Latvia. This was the culmination of a long and bitter struggle against the feudal Czarist regime. It resulted in a flowering of the country, economically and culturally. Unfortunately, World War II, the occupation by Germany and then the invading forces of Communist Russia resulted in thousands of Latvians fleeing the country and becoming refugees. Most of these people were resettled to the far corners of the world, to Australia, Argentina, Canada and many other countries.

As they settled into their new lands, they kept alive the memory of their homeland. They maintained their cultural identity through Latvian societies, church congregations, choral and traditional dance groups. The collapse of communism and the Soviet system enabled Latvia, once again, to become independent and free. With this came freedom of movement. Many sought new opportunities in other parts of the world, and so a new diaspora was formed.

To commemorate the anniversary of independence, and to permit all Latvians globally to feel part of this event, a unique Flag was hand crafted in Cesis, Latvia. It is travelling throughout the world, with a commemorative book for messages and comments. This flag will be in Vancouver next week. A flag ceremony and celebration will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the Redeemer Lutheran church.

For more information please contact:

Andrew Krumins

Director – Latvian Society of British Columbia

Cell: 604-970-8652



Latvian Flag Ceremony in Vancouver


Saturday April 15, 2017

4:00 – 6:00 P.M.

Redeemer Lutheran Church

1499 Laurier Ave

Vancouver B.C.


Latvian Flag Information from the Latvian Cultural Ministry








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January 28, 2017


Latvians worldwide have been invited by the Republic of Latvia to start celebrating Latvia’s 100th anniversary culminating in November 18, 2018 by organizing events as a journey towards Latvia’s 100th anniversary. Our future is in the hands of every Canadian of Latvian heritage. Let us in the spirit of “Draudzīgais aicinājums” contribute today so that we may continue to flourish tomorrow. “Draudzīgais aicinājums” or “Friendly invitation” was a campaign begun in 1935 by the then president of Latvia, Kārlis Ulmanis, requesting society to support their local school instead of giving him gifts on his name’s day. Later the support extended to all educational and cultural activities.  This yearly campaign continues to this day both in Latvia and worldwide wherever there are Latvians. Today, with the threat from Latvia’s eastern neighbour, it is more important than ever to keep alive our language and culture here in Canada.

For your information, in 2016 the Educational Cultural Foundation (ECF) of the Latvian Federation in  Canada (LNFC) distributed funds in  the  amount of  $38,600.00 supporting Latvian schools, seminars, scholarships for university students and summer educational programs, concerts, research on the history of Latvians in Canada, the ongoing work of the LNFC and a variety of other cultural projects and events.

Many thanks to the generous donors who have supported ECF’s important work in the past.  If you value what has been accomplished by the ECF, please support us now.  Also, the good works of our benefactors can continue long after they themselves are no longer with us by a testamentary donation to  the  LNAFC  Educational and  Cultural  Foundation.           All  donations  will  receive  a  charitable donation receipt.


Elizabete (Elita) Petersons                                                         Andrejs Buņķis

President                                                                                                                     Treasurer

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LNFC EDUCATIONAL and CULTURAL FOUNDATION                              Reg. Nr. 0672790-2113

4 Credit Union Drive, Toronto, Ontario M4A 2N8


Yes, I wish to support the work of LNFC ECF.

My donation is: $100 □ $75□ $50 □ $25 □ or


Please make out your cheque to LNFC Educational and Cultural Foundation and send it with this cut-off portion of the letter to the LNFC ECF office.


Please inform the office of your e-mail address in order to save mailing costs and if necessary, please correct your name and address.

Thank you for your donation

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Twice a year the Occupation of Latvia museum sends out its newsletter to its contributors and supporters.


We have attached the latest newsletter so you also would be informed about the museum and also give you the opportunity to support it with your contributions ( which may be tax deductable in US and Canada ). You can also support the museum by forwarding this E-mail to your relatives, neighbors and friends. You can also support the museum by visiting it if you travel to Riga, Latvia. Thank you for your support.


The museum staff.


Web site  in english –

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2017 IIHF World Junior Championship LAT vs RUS

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This section of the LNAK website is in the process of being re-built. The old English language section is largely obsolete. You can view it by clicking here.

Lai apskatītu latviešu valodā noklikšķiniet šeit.

Pour voir la version française cliquez ici.