EKN is a nationally elected Council founded in 1951 that is mandated by Estonian-Canadians to help further the interests and development of our community. EKN currently has 37 elected representatives from communities across Canada. The size of the council varies from 25 to 40 members, five members less than the total number of candidates that run in a given election. It is a member of the Estonian World Congress (ÜEKN), the Baltic Federation of Canada and the Central and Eastern European Council of Canada (CEEC). Examples of the council’s projects include the Estonian World Festival-- ESTO 2018, Tribute to Liberty Victims of Communism memorial in Ottawa, remembrance ceremonies of deportations, national Black Ribbon Day commemorations, related conferences and support for language and cultural development programs.
Estonian Central Council in Canada Mission
- Unite Canadian Estonians to pursue joint activities and goals:
- To protect and preserve the Estonian Canadian community
- To strengthen and ensure the endurance of the Estonian Republic and the rights and freedom of its people,
- Represent Estonian Canadians and to protect their rights
- To help coordinate the development and growth of Estonian ethnic culture and youth in conjunction with other organizations.
- Help support Estonian churches
- In cooperation with other organizations, help Estonian Veterans, who have worked to restore independence and other difficulties faced by members of the Estonian Canadian community.
To fulfill these objectives the Estonian Central Council in Canada:
- Maintains contact with Canadian Estonian organizations, Canadian and Estonian government and their agencies and ministries.
- Lobbies / fights to support the sustainability and reinforces the independence of the Republic of Estonia and supports the activities of Estonia’s foreign representatives related protection of the rights of independent states and interests of Estonians.
- Maintains contact and cooperation with the Global Estonian Central Council and related organizations in other countries.
- Maintains contact and develops cooperation with organizations representing different ethnic backgrounds who have the same goals.
- To pursue the protection of Estonia’s interests and enable the explanation of its problems – keeps current with global political developments; assists in the drafting and distribution of information including letters to respective authorities and conference presentations; whenever feasible produces supporting documentation to further the sustainability of Estonian independence and to protect the interests of Estonians.