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Canada Plus - September and October

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A Message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Janice Charette

Happy September and a bonne rentrée to you all. Welcome to the September-October edition of Canada Plus, the newsletter for Canadians and friends of Canada in the UK.

I hope you and your families are healthy and staying safe. The Canada House team has been busy, working either in the office or from home, as you will read in this newsletter. We continue to be available to support all of our clients during these uncertain times. 

We were pleased to host Canada’s Foreign Minister, François-Philippe Champagne, who visited at the end of August for a bilateral meeting with his counterpart, Foreign Secretary Raab. The two Ministers had productive discussions about a number of important geo-political issues and the meeting served to deepen the collaboration between Canada and the UK on COVID and many other topics. 

While many of us continue to spend a lot of time at home, the good news is that there is plenty of great Canadian culture for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own homes. If you haven’t yet had a chance to check it out, don’t miss the absolutely stunning sculptural photography of Indigenous artist Meryl McMaster’s As Immense As The Sky, available to experience in our virtual Canada Gallery until December. Canadian directors will also feature prominently in many of the UK film festivals this fall, all available online.

For those of you who prefer more active pursuits, I hope you can join us for a physically-distanced combined run/walk/jog/swim/bike ride to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope on September 20. See below for details of how to sign up.

October is Black History Month in the United Kingdom. At Canada House, we are going to celebrate this important time of year with a brand-new window display on the Pall Mall side of our building, exploring Black Canadian and Black British identity through art. Look out for it from October 1, if you are passing through Trafalgar Square, and let us know what you think. You will also be able to discover the full online exhibition in our virtual Canada Gallery at: www.culturecanada.co.uk.

Black History Month is a timely opportunity to reflect on how all of us can advance diversity, tackle discrimination and open up constructive conversations about racism. We are working on this within Canada House, and we would welcome your thoughts on steps that the High Commission can take to include a plurality of voices and perspectives, reduce invisible barriers and value a diversity of backgrounds and cultures, as a crucial part of our mission to represent ALL Canadians here in the United Kingdom.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to say farewell to our Deputy High Commissioner, Sarah Fountain Smith, who has been appointed Director for Canada, Morocco, Jordan and Tunisia at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Over the past 31 years, Sarah has held a number of senior positions within Global Affairs Canada. I am hugely grateful for both her support as a colleague at Canada House and for the invaluable contribution she has made to Canada-UK bilateral relations during her time in London. I wish her all the very best as she begins this new chapter of her career.

Until next time… Stay safe. Keep well. Take care of each other. 

Warmest wishes,

 Signature - Janice Charette
Janice Charette


Consular Corner

Canadians in the UK in need of emergency assistance can contact the High Commission on 020 7004 6000 or ldn.consular@international.gc.ca. You can also check our COVID-19 FAQs page, visit the Government of Canada’s official coronavirus advice page or check our Travel Advice and Advisories for the latest guidance.

Due to COVID-19, we are continuing to operate with a reduced on-site presence at Canada House and have been unable to accept routine passport and citizenship applications for an extended period. We are pleased to advise that clients may now submit their applications by trackable mail. The guidelines that all non-essential travel should be postponed still applies. If you have an emergency such as a death in the family and require urgent passport services, please email: ldn.passport@international.gc.ca.

If you have a question for us, please email:  ldn.publicaffairs@international.gc.ca with the subject line “Consular Corner”.

IRCC Information

Question: I am a UK citizen living in Belfast. My parents and I emigrated to Canada in the 1970s, when I was a young child. I do not remember a lot, but I know that we lived there for a few months before returning to Northern Ireland, where I have lived ever since. This was so long ago that I assume that I have lost any claims to Canadian permanent residence, but I am not sure. I would like to plan a trip to Canada around Christmas 2020. Can I apply for an eTA?  

Answer: While it sounds likely that you no longer have a claim on Canadian permanent residence, due to not residing in Canada for such a long period of time, it is not possible to make this determination for sure without a formal assessment of your situation. Two options are therefore available to you: you can request a formal assessment of your permanent residence status, by filling in a PRTD application (permanent residence travel document – which is for permanent residents of Canada who, for a reason or another, do not hold a permanent resident card) or, if you are certain that you have no intention of returning to Canada to live permanently, you can apply to voluntarily renounce your Canadian permanent residence status by filling in this form. Once you have renounced your Canadian permanent residence status, or had it formally determined that you no longer have this status, you will be able to submit an application for an electronic travel authorisation (eTA), which is the document required for a visit. Before you make any bookings, however, please review the travel restrictions currently in place due to Covid-19. 

Did you know? 

What do actress Sandra Oh (1971), academic and environmentalist David Suzuki (1936) and piano virtuoso and composer Oscar Peterson (1925-2007) have in common? Besides being great at what they do, they are all second generation Canadian immigrants whose parents chose Canada as their new home.   

Business Brief

Your Business & Brexit

Recognizing that Canadian companies doing business in or with the United Kingdom may be affected by the UK’s future relationship with the European Union, the Government of Canada has prepared 'Brexit and United Kingdom-European Union trade negotiations: Summary information for Canadian companies’ with useful information regarding the future of the relationship between the UK and the EU, and the potential impact on Canadian firms. This will be regularly updated as new information becomes available.

For more information, please visit: www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/united-kingdom-royaume-uni/information-brexit-renseignements.aspx?lang=eng

A virtual CanadaHub at the 2020 Edinburgh Fringe

The Edinburgh Festivals are an annual highlight for so many lovers of performance art from around the world. When this year’s Fringe Festival had to adapt to the current circumstances, the High Commission team was hard at work behind the scenes supporting Canada’s cultural industries and the creative talent behind them to enable them to participate in the festival.

CanadaHub, presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, is an annual curated showcase of the best of Canada’s contemporary performance scene, held at King’s Hall in Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival each August. The eight extraordinary Canadian productions that had been selected to be part of this year’s CanadaHub, were instead featured on a new online industry platform, Fringe Marketplace. The 2020 lineup truly represented Canada’s diversity, exploring themes such as cultural identity, Indigeneity, and LGBTQ2+ experience using the mediums of music, contemporary theatre, dance, virtual reality, and storytelling from some of Canada’s most celebrated artists. Last month, the High Commission’s commercial team worked with partners to coordinate a virtual event that showcased these eight productions to a global industry audience, providing increased exposure for these Canadian performing arts companies and the potential for international touring and creative partnerships in future.

Canadian performers are among the world’s best, and participation in the Fringe’s Marketplace and Exchange showcase gave them a platform for international exposure like never before. Watch the trailer here.

What’s Coming Up?

September 9-15: Canadian documentaries at the Open City Documentary Festival

Open City presents three Canadian films in this year’s line up, including A Radical Empathy: Esery Mondesir's Haitian TrilogyAlice's Four Stories by Myriam Jacob-Allard and Nini, What Time Is It There? by Sabrina Zhao.

September 17 – October 24: Zachari Logan: Tales from the Bone Garden - New Art Projects, London

A new solo show by the London-based, Canadian artist, featuring a new series inspired by the COVID 19 pandemic, featuring drawings based around the sentence “go back inside”, along a continuation of his “wild man” series, where the wild man is involved in shamanic magic, casting spells and holding the delicate balance between man and nature in his furry hands. You can find more information here.

September 18 – October 11: Encounters Film Festival – Digital Edition

Bristol’s leading short film festival Encounters features a wide roster of Canadian films in the International Competition, including: Mathieu Grimard’s Goodbye Golovin; Éléonore Goldberg’s Hibiscus Season (La saison des hibiscus); Alexandre Dostie’s I'll End Up In Jail; Fauteux’s The Bridge; Catherine Lepages’s The Great Malaise; Theodore Ushev’s The Physics of Sorrow and Yoakim Bélanger’s The Walk; and Canadian co-pro ALTÖTTING. In addition to film content, the festival will be hiring out VR headsets preloaded with content across Bristol to showcase some of the internationally-renowned Virtual Reality content emerging from Canada in recent years.

Until September 19: François Xavier Saint Pierre: Group Show / Open Call -  KÖNIG LONDON

An exhibition curated from a series of studio visits held through the gallery’s digital channels during lockdown. As physical distance transformed our means of seeing and discovering new works, KÖNIG GALERIE invited artists to participate in digital discussions online, bridging the gap of separation and expanding horizons of engagement. The show features works by 14 artists, including François Xavier Saint Pierre, and culminates in the manifestation of such new encounters into the material space. You can find more information here.

September 19: Open House London 2020

While we cannot open the High Commission for the public, we are excited to take part in Open House Festival 2020 virtually! As part of our virtual participation, we will be featuring a never-before-seen virtual tour of Canada House on our social media. Check out the full Open House Festival 2020 programme here to see what else is available, and keep an eye on our social media ahead of and on September 19.

September 20: 40th anniversary of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope

The Terry Fox Run is coming back to the UK to mark the 40th anniversary of Terry Fox’s inspirational ‘Marathon of Hope’, a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research. The 22-year old Canadian amputee who averaged a marathon (26 miles) a day for 143 days in a row, on one natural leg. His story has inspired thousands of Canadians to run each year to raise money for cancer research.

You are invited to join participants around the world for the virtual Terry Fox Run on Sunday 20 September 2020 for a run, walk or bike ride to raise money for the world class Institute of Cancer Research. One Day. Your Way.

The event is free to enter, non-competitive and open to all! Those interested in participating can find out more and register via the UK website

September 21: World Car-Free Day London Summit 2020

What happens when cities are designed to prioritise the needs of people, not cars? Find out at the Car Free Day London Summit 2020, co-founded and co-produced by two Canadians. Join inspiring speakers from around the world to debate the future of land use, mobility & more equitable cities. Register here.

Four weekend events fortnightly, from October 2 – November 15: Sheffield Documentary Festival: Autumn Programme

Sheffield Doc/Fest is a film festival and marketplace, celebrating, sharing and debating non-fiction arts. This year, the festival is planning four weekender events including: INTO THE WORLD (Oct 2-4) featuring Mike Hoolboom’s Judy Versus Capitalism and Jonathan Kolodziej’s Memory Is Our Homeland, and GHOSTS AND APPARITIONS (Nov 13-15), featuring Sofia Bohdanowicz’s Point And Line To Plane.

October 3: EduCanada UK Virtual Undergraduate Fair

Join us for this annual event which gives students and parents in the UK a chance to learn more about options for undergraduate higher education opportunities in Canada. This year will be held virtually and will include representatives from a number of institutions across Canada. Admission is free, but registration is required. To receive information and to register, please email: LDNEducation@international.gc.ca.

October 7-18: BFI London Film Festival

This year’s festival goes online and in cinemas around the UK. Canadian content includes Possessor from Brandon Cronenberg, a nightmarish follow-up to his 2012 body-horror thriller Antiviral. BFI’s new strand of XR and immersive art includes: Agence from Canada-based director Pietro Gagliano, an experiment in artificial intelligence, and a ground-breaking adaptation of the ancient Greek myth, Icarus by director Michel Lemieux.

October 17 – February 7: Rajni Perera at Tramway, Glasgow

First UK solo show of the Toronto-based artist, featuring new sculptural work paintings and a soundpiece as part of an immersive exhibition environment. Through a feminist lens, Perera’s work examines various lines of contemporary cultural inquiry, including immigrant memory, the dialogue with places of origin through alliances with and allegiance to mothers and Afro-Caribbean and Indian diasporas. The exhibition is a partnership with Eastside Projects (Birmingham) and will be accompanied by will a large ongoing digital programme throughout the exhibition. You can find more information here.

October 22 – February 21, 2021: British Museum exhibition - Arctic: culture and climate

The British Museum celebrates the ingenuity and resilience of Arctic Peoples throughout history in a major new exhibition. It tells the powerful story of respectful relationships with icy worlds and how Arctic Peoples have harnessed the weather and climate to thrive.

Until December: Visit the Meryl McMaster exhibition in our Virtual Canada Gallery

Collage - McMaster, Cartography of the Unseen, 2019 | Edge of a Moment, 2017

L-R: Cartography of the Unseen, 2019 | Edge of a Moment, 2017

While the High Commission’s Canada Gallery remains closed to the public, you can now visit our online Canada Gallery as part of our exciting #CanadaGoesDigital initiative. Fans of the original Canada Gallery, previously only accessible to in-person visitors, will be delighted by this new virtual art experience. 

Why not pay us a visit and view Indigenous-Canadian artist Meryl McMaster’s latest series, As Immense as the Sky (2019)? McMaster describes this exhibition as sculptural photography that gathers the wisdom and folklore of McMaster’s mixed heritage, drawing upon themes of memory, migration, genealogy and time as she retraces the footsteps of her ancestors. Her images explore the intersections of both her Indigenous and European heritage whilst revealing Canada’s conflicted colonial legacies. 

Visitors can explore all the works featured in the show with exclusive, never-before-seen artist commentary and audiovisual elements, including a narration of McMaster’s poems in Cree to accompany each piece of art.

Canada Memorial Foundation Scholarships – applications for 2020/2021 now open!

The CMF Scholarship supports exceptional young people for postgraduate study at Masters Level, and actively fosters lifelong learning and fellowship between Canadian and UK institutions. The Canada Memorial Foundation awards full scholarships to successful candidates for both UK students wishing to study in Canada and Canadian students wishing to study in the UK.

A Canada Memorial Foundation scholarship is a life-changing opportunity for outstanding young individuals with the potential to make a positive impact in the world.

For more details, please visit: www.canadamemorialfoundation.org.

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2020-10-01