The Latvian Community in Canada

13.07.2016. 09:40

The most notable representative of Canada’s Latvian community is the President of Latvia (1999-2007) Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga. She earned her degrees and obtained broad professional experience in Canada. From 1965 to 1998, Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga taught psychopharmacology, psycholinguistics, scientific theories, experimental methods, language and cognitive processes at the University of Montreal, and in 1998, she was elected Professor Emerita.

First ethnic Latvian ever to become a member of the Canadian Parliament was Sarmite Bulte; she was elected in 1997 and twice re-elected. Sarmīte Bulte headed two visits by Canadian trade missions to Latvia – Baltic Express I in 1998, followed by Baltic Express II in 2000.

Almost annually since 1973, the Baltic Federation in Canada and the Canadian Parliament jointly organised the Baltic Evenings at the Parliament of Canada, however this initiative has been discontinued in recent years.