November 18th – Edmonton lit up the bridge

Here a few of the many pictures taken in Edmonton while the bridge was lit up in the colours of the Latvian flag. The sign to the entrance of the bridge proclaimed to all who drove through it! Various groups and cohorts braved the snowy, cold weather to view the beauty of the site. Latvians of Edmonton are proud to celebrate the 102nd Anniversary of Independence.

Imanta’s November 18th Celebration

To celebrate the 102nd Birthday of the Republic of Latvia, Edmonton’s High Level Bridge will be illuminated in the colours of the Latvian Flag on November 18th from 5pm-10pm. We can not celebrate together as we have done in the past, so we invite you to visit the bridge area on your own or with your family or cohorts and take a photo or short video and then share it on Imanta’s FB page. You can also send your photo or video to and we will post it to our website!

The Latvian National Association in Canada (LNAK) is inviting everyone to their celebration of Latvia’s 102nd birthday via Zoom on November 18th. The event will feature programs from coast to coast (even as far as the Arctic Circle) and will start at 8pm EST (6pm in Alberta). Look for Edmonton’s contribution! This event will also be live-streamed on Facebook (link follows below). The Zoom link will be posted on our website and on the LNAK FaceBook page a day in advance. Let’s be united and spread our love for Latvia!

Facebook Link for Latvian Federation in Canada

The Latvian Embassy in Canada and the European Union Film Festival present Blizzard of Souls on November 17th & 18th. This historical drama about Latvian Riflemen during WW1, based on a book by Aleksandrs Grīns, is one of the most expensive productions in LV cinematographic history and one of Latvia’s biggest box-office hits. It has been nominated for several European film awards.  Festival info at

Scholarship Information

IMANTA is once again pleased to announce our self-administered scholarship program for 2020/2021, funded by our ongoing casino program and governed by the regulations of the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.

Scholarship Eligibility

The scholarship is open to:

  1. Alberta residents who are Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, or foreign students on visa and are registered as full or part-time students as defined by the accredited or licensed educational institution, or
  2. Applicants who are registered in a Continuing Education course related to a career goal.

Eligible Institutions

All accredited post-secondary educational institutions in Canada. Such institutions include universities, colleges, polytechnics and trades training institutions that the Advisory Committee is satisfied are duly accredited or licenced.

Scholarship Award Criterion

All applications will be evaluated by an advisory committee, consisting of at least one IMANTA board member and two members from the community at large, which will present recommendations to the Executive. IMANTA’s Executive retains final decision-making authority over the selection of scholarship recipients.

Application Process

All applicants must complete and submit the attached application form along with the requirements as listed on the form. Applicants will be required to submit course registration confirmation and receipts for tuition paid before any monies are distributed. The deadline for scholarship applications relating to enrollment in the 2020/2021 fall/winter program or 2021 spring/summer program must be received by Imanta no later than November 1, 2020. Awards will be announced by December 15, 2020. Payment will be made directly to the individual upon submission of proof of attendance (i.e. tuition receipt) at the recognized educational institution.

Submit applications by email, with a read receipt to:

  • The Edmonton Latvian Society Imanta
  • Attn: Scholarship Advisory Committee

Imanta’s Children’s classes are back!

Greetings to all the new and returning students for this new school year!!! We are resuming Latvian classes in September! Everything is a little different this year.. but we are still prepared to keep the school running with safety protocols in place. Classes still start at 11am and are held in Laurier Community Hall.

Dates for September are as follows: 

📚September 13th

📚September 27th

More dates will be added later. Please email us if you will be returning or would like more information: 

Attention Post-Secondary Students

Edmonton Latvian Society Imanta will still be offering our annual scholarships to applicants for the 2020/2021 terms. Due to Covid our plans for implementation of the application process has been delayed. We are working on getting the information on the application process out to you and ask for your patience. Our plan is still to have the awards given out before the year end, although the timelines for submitting the required information may be shorter than in previous years. Applicant information will be posted on our website when it becomes available. Sign up to become a follower on our website and you will be notified by email of any new posts!

May 2020 Newsletter


Change is good and necessary, and it’s a bonus when it happens in a positive manner. After twelve years as IMANTA’s president, I would like to thank the executive, all board members and community members for the wonderful experience of working together and creating memories. It has been a privilege, and now I’m delighted to announce that IMANTA has a dynamic and creative new leader. Continue reading → May 2020 Newsletter

Daudz baltu dieniņu, LATVIJA

May 4th is ‘Declaration of Independence Day’ and is known locally as ‘Latvijas Republikas Neatkarības atjaunošanas diena’ and commemorates Latvia’s independence from the USSR in 1990.

Best wishes from all of us to all of you!

White Tablecloth Celebration

On May 4, 2020 Latvia marks 30th anniversary of the Restoration of Latvia’s Independence. The Latvian government and Latvian Embassy in Canada are inviting everyone in these difficult times to do a “White Tablecloth Celebration” in our own homes. We are invited to remember, cherish togetherness and the gift of living in a free country and share that we are strong together during many difficult times. 🇱🇻🇨🇦 Link below to read more and get great ideas from Latvian government on how we can celebrate. Take pictures and share them with us how you celebrate May 4th.

White Tablecloth Celebration

Imanta Newsletter – Spring 2020

It’s that time of year again!

Our annual general meeting will take place on Sunday, March 15th, at 1:00pm at the Laurier Heights Community Hall, 14405 – 85 Ave NW.  All members who have renewed their membership will receive the minutes of last year’s meeting through the mail or via email.  If you have not received your copy of the minutes before April 25th or wish to renew your membership please contact us at  Coffee/tea/refreshments will be served. Continue reading → Imanta Newsletter – Spring 2020

Help is still needed!


Please help us fill our slots for our casino event.  No experience necessary!

Our involvement in AGLC casinos helps us to keep running our scholarship and seniors programs.  Without the funding that AGLC distributes to us, we would not be able to keep these programs going.

We are using (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize volunteers for our upcoming casino on January 19 & 20, 2020.  The Yellowhead Casino is located at 12464 153 St NW in Edmonton. There are day shifts and evening shifts available. No experience necessary! All volunteers will get a free meal!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link > Sign up link to see our SignUp sheet:
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on You will be required to give your email address so that we can contact you and send updates about your volunteer position.

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact us by email and we can sign you up manually.