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A 15-Month Long Celebration!

Logo underlining the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands and the 75th anniversary of bilateral relations between Canada and the Netherlands

On February 24, 2014, we mark the 75th anniversary of Canada's diplomatic presence in the Netherlands.  We are launching a 15-month long celebration of the ties that have bound and continue to bind our two countries.  This period finishes next May, with next year's 70th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands.

75 years may not seem a long time in the arc of European history.  But the relationship with the Netherlands is one of Canada's oldest formal relationships, a fact that attests to the very special nature of our bilateral ties.  We celebrate a true, warm, and varied international partnership.  After decades of migration, we have important people to people ties -- and a Dutch-Canadian population of about a million persons. The Netherlands is the second largest investor in Canada, globally, and our second merchandise trade destination in Europe.  In fields ranging from defence to human rights, the Dutch are Canadian partners of choice, and vice-versa.

Over the next fifteen months, we will see a number of special events where the Canada-Netherlands relationship will be highlighted.  These will include high-level visitors, business-to-business forums, academic exchanges, and cultural events such as the important Jeff Wall exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Culture on Cloth exhibition of Inuit tapestries at the Volkenkunde Museum in Leiden.  We are also bringing in a series of Canadian expert speakers to address human rights priorities that we share with the Netherlands.  The spirit is very much to emphasize Liberation Today, our ongoing partnership with the Dutch in promoting fundamental freedoms.

We hope to infuse all our public events this year with the spirit of this celebration.  We share an important partnership with the Dutch Embassy in Ottawa in bringing these important landmarks to your attention.  So whether you are in Canada or in the Netherlands, watch the calendar of events on our website, as well as our social media channels, to learn about how you can become involved!

Calendar of events

January 2014

  • January 26-28: Visit to The Hague by Uzma Shakir, a Canadian expert on religious diversity

February 2014

  • February 10: Visit to The Hague by Annie Bunting, a Canadian expert on Early Forced Marriage
  • February 5: International Experience Canada opening
  • February 8-9: Emigratiebeurs in Houten
  • February 24: Official Date marking the 75th anniversary of Canadian diplomatic presence in the Netherlands
  • February 27: Networking event honouring Canadian multilateral presence in The Hague
  • February 28: Opening of Jeff Wall exhibit at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

March 2014

  • March 6: Diplomat Magazine Meet & Greet event to launch 75th anniversary for the diplomatic community of The Hague
  • March 8-16: Series of events under the Semaine de la Francophonie
  • March 10-14: Visit to Nijmegen by Dr. Prof. Winfried Siemerling to discuss Canadian multiculturalism and the expansion of Canadian Studies as a discipline.
  • March 13-April 13: Cirque du Soleil performs in Amsterdam
  • March 20-22: Visit to Groningen and Leiden by Louise Flaherty, Director, Inuit Languages and Culture / Nunavut Arctic College.  One particular focus will be the Pool-tot-Pool Arctic conference
  • March 22-26: Visit to the Netherlands by Prime Minister Harper for the Nuclear Security Summit and a trade oriented bilateral programme

April 2014

  • April 3-4: Security Sector Reform and Constitution-Building seminar hosted by International IDEA
  • Seminar on International Child Abduction, in coordination with the Hague Conference and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

May 2014

  • May 3: Official Residence in Wassenaar opens for the annual Open Jewish Homes tour (reservation required)
  • May 4: Annual Commemorations of Second World War in Netherlands
  • May 5: Annual Celebration of Liberation Day
  • May 14-15: European Union study tour by Canadian university students
  • May 21: Opening of Culture on Cloth exhibit at Volkenkunde Museum, Leiden

June 2014

July 2014

  • July 15-18: Canadian soldiers participate in 98th International Four Days March Nijmegen

August to December 2014

  • To come…




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