The Estonian Central Council in Canada Awards Latvia’s Ambassador to Canada Kārlis Eihenbaums

26.11.2020. 20:22

On 19 November The Estonian Central Council in Canada (EKN) awarded Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to Canada H.E. Kārlis Eihenbaums, with the Council’s Order of Merit, for his extraordinary contributions to building Latvian relations with the Estonian Canadian community and for advancing Baltic interests in Canada.

“The fraternal cooperation between the Baltic communities has never been more productive, and it is only enhanced when our diplomats, like Ambassador Eihenbaums, actively support and participate in it,” said EKN president Kairi Taul Hemingway. Ambassador Eihenbaums has been a key partner and friend to the Estonian community in Canada over the past years. He has supported the Estonian Central Council’s efforts to raise awareness of the tragic history we share with our Latvian Canadian brothers and sisters.

“Ambassador Eihenbaums has stood with us on the front lines to defend our history against attacks both from malign foreign actors and domestic proxies, who seek to deny and glorify the crimes of the Soviet Union in Canada,” said former EKN and current Central and Eastern European Council in Canada president Marcus Kolga.

“At no other point, since the end of the Cold War, has there been a greater need for solidarity and cooperation between the Baltic communities and their embassies,” said EKN Vice President Laas Leivat, “we thank Ambassador Eihenbaums for being a great friend to the Estonian community in Canada and for his efforts to strengthen Canada’s relationship with the Baltic nations and community here in Canada.”

The Estonian Central Council in Canada is the representative organization for all Canadians of Estonian heritage, and is elected every four years in national elections.