In Canada today, thousands of people can trace their ancestral tree back to a Czech or Slovak who came to this country seeking a better economic or political way of life. Each of these people contributed to the tapestry we call Canada. It may be the Saskatchewan farmer who still recites Czech poetry as he drives his plow around the fields, or the Church which was built by distant pioneers to celebrate their God in this cold foreign land.
During the latter part of the 20th Century, many people came to Canada seeking freedom from the tyranny of the Soviet Union. Once in Canada they formed groups to aid their countrymen who were still stuck behind the 'Iron Curtain'. These associations took their names from both the Czechs and the Slovaks. Institutions such as the Czechoslovak Mutual Supportive Association in Montreal established in 1924, the Czech and Slovak Association of Canada, and the National Alliance of Czechs and Slovaks. They helped new immigrants to get established and learn English. After the end of the Prague Spring in 1968, they worked for 20 years to keep the public focus on the plight of Czechoslovakian people.
When the Czechs and Slovaks separated and formed their own countries in 1992, the Czech Slovak associations in Canada voted to remain united. They had fought too long and hard to get rid of the tyranny of the Soviet Union, to were not to fall apart when this freedom was realized. So the Czech and Slovak associations and clubs of Canada have stayed united out of loyalty and respect for each other.
The Czechs and Slovaks in Canada have distinguished themselves in the Arts with many musicians, writers, professors and members of the national ballet tracing their family roots back to Czechoslovakia.Previous Page - - Next Page