Here we are in 2019, four hundred years after Jens Munk left Copenhagen, sailing west, to try to find the Northwest Passage, north of Canada to China. The anniversary of this expedition will be commemorated at the Danish Canadian Conference in Winnipeg. The Danish Federation's Jens Munk Commemorative Steering Committee, chaired by Carl Sorensen of Edmonton, is working on a host of exciting activities to bring awareness of this voyage of discovery.
The Danish Canadian Conference will be held at the Hotel Fort Garry in Winnipeg from Thursday, May 23 to Sunday, May 26, 2019. The Conference Theme is "The Arctic: Past, Present and Future," with focus on Jens Munk's expedition.
The Danish Club in Winnipeg is planning a grand conference which will also include a flag-raising ceremony at City Hall, as Dannebrog turns 800-years in June. Moreover, the Danish Ambassador to Canada, H.E. Thomas Winkler, will be joining us for our Conference.
Immediately after the Conference, from Monday, May 27, to Saturday, June 1, 2019, the Danish Heritage Seminar will be held at the Hotel Fort Garry. The theme is "Wanderlust - the desire to explore the world". Headmaster will be Pastor Susanne Ivalo Rasmussen of the Danish Lutheran Church in Vancouver. Other presentations will be by Otto Christensen of Gimli and Aase Christensen of Guelph, as well as Charlotte Andersson, a professional musician and singer, who is flying in from Copenhagen to join the Seminar, to tell us about Christian Winther, the poet who wrote "Flugten til Amerika". The Seminar is in English.
Please mark the dates on your calendar and prepare to join us in Winnipeg for what promises to be some remarkable days. A Registration Package for the Conference is in the process of being prepared. The Seminar Brochure is in the process of being printed and will be mailed out shortly.
Federation of Danish Associations in Canada
FEDERATION OF DANISH ASSOCIATIONS IN CANADA
38th National Conference,
Danish Canadian Club of Manitoba
764 Erin Street Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 2W4
Telephone: (204) 774-8047
An invitation to the 2019 conference:
The Danish Canadian Club of Manitoba invites all Danish Federation delegates to join us in Winnipeg for the 2019 annual conference. Our Head coordinator Karl Sørensen and his committee are busy planning for your arrival. Our theme for the 2019 conference is: “The Arctic – Past, Present and Future”.
This theme has been selected to coincide with the 400th anniversary celebration of Danish sea-captain and explorer Jens Munk and his wintering near what is now Churchill, Manitoba. Jens Munk was sent by King Christian IV of Denmark-Norway to find the Northwest Passage, and then make his way to China and India. He did not succeed, and the tale of his survival is a story of wonder. As well, we will take time in 2019 to honour the 800th anniversary of Dannebrog!
At our 2010 conference in Winnipeg, the theme was Human Rights and the Canadian Museum of Human Rights was under construction. We are pleased to include an optional tour of this beautiful building and its displays. In short, along with our guest speakers, additional tours and events you are promised an insightful, informative, fun and entertaining conference.
We look forward to being your hosts in 2019.
President, Danish Canadian Club of Manitoba
Information on the 2019 conference will soon be available on our website at www.scandinaviancentre.ca
Mark your calendar
May 23 to May 26, 2019
Danish Canadian Club
Host of the 2019 Conference
Theme: The Arctic
Past, Present and Future