Over the past five years, EKN has made significant contributions to building greater understanding of our community and its history in Canada. Major events, such as the 2019 Black Ribbon Day conference, at which Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Bob Rae, and Garry Kasparov spoke were covered widely in Canadian media. Other events, such as the June Deportation Commemoration and Candle Lighting event in 2018, at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square were attended by over 500 community members and covered in local media.
During the Covid pandemic (2020/2021), ECC has continued activities virtually and via social media, including hosting two virtual conferences which brought together representatives from various Estonian organizations across Canada, joint commemoration services with our Latvian and Lithuanian councils, virtual independence day commemorations, and Black Ribbon Day.
Going forward, a priority goal is increased cooperation and communication between Estonian Canadian communities and organizations on topics of mutual interest. To facilitate this, community representatives from across the country will be invited to participate as delegates at future EKN general meetings. EKN looks forward to working together with all Estonian Canadian communities.
The Estonian Central Council in Canada (ECC)/Eestlaste Kesknõukogu Kanadas (EKN) is a nationally elected council founded in 1951 that furthers the interests and development of the Canadian Estonian community.