A total of 380 diaspora organizations will receive certificates of recognition for their work in maintaining and nurturing Latvian culture, language and tradition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Nov. 14 in Rīga.
Awarding of the certificates by Foreign Minister Māris Riekstiņš is tied to Latvia’s observation of the 90th anniversary of the nation’s Declaration of Independence. The organizations are being recognized as well for their “belief and relentless support for the idea of Latvian statehood,” a ministry spokesperson said in a press release.
The awards are going to associations, societies, Latvian schools, various congregations, media organizations, and fraternities and sororities.
Among those receiving certificates are the Dzintars Latvian Society of Krasnojarsk, Russia; the Boston Latvian School in the United States; in Australia, the Sydney Latvian Theater and the Jautrais pāris folk dance troupe of Sydney; the Latvian Society of Ireland; the Saulīte Latvian School in the Netherlands; the Ave Sol Latvian Society of Georgia; in Canada, the Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto and the Peace Latvian Ev.-Lutheran Church of Ottawa; the Latvian Association of Brazil; the Latvian PEN Club of Sweden; the newspaper Brīvā Latvija of Great Britain, and the Latvian Ev.-Lutheran Congregation of Būtingė, Lithuania.
Latvians Online also is to receive a certificate of recognition.
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