Edmonton Tamil Cultural Association was incorporated in 1979 under the society’s act of Alberta as a not for profit organization. The Association was started by people of Tamil origin who migrated to Canada from India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore and other countries all over the world.
- To provide for the recreation of the members and to promote and afford an opportunity for friendly and social activities.
- To acquire lands by purchase or otherwise erect or otherwise provide a building or buildings for social and community purposes.
- To encourage amateur games and exercises.
- To provide a meeting place for the consideration and discussion of questions affecting the interests of the community.
- To carry on a literary and debating club for the discussion of topics of general interest and to encourage the practice of public speaking among its members.
- To provide musical and stage plays for entertainment.To establish and maintain a library and reading room.
- To provide a center and suitable meeting place for various activities of the community.To encourage and foster and develop among its members a recognition of the importance of agriculture.
- To promote and preserve the Tamil language and culture.
- To undertake humanitarian and charitable activities.
- To welcome and provide social assistance to newcomers to the Tamil community in Edmonton.
Regular membership to the association is available to any individual who is above the age of 18 and a resident of Canada. Such an individual who wishes to become a regular member shall pay a small annual membership fee to join the association. There are about 500 members belonging to the association.
About 2011, with the funding from the members and from AGLC, the society purchased a unit of a building located at 2968 Ellwood drive. This is located in a strip mall. The hall is roughly about 40 feet by 15 feet. The building has one hall 32’x15’, one washroom and one electrical room.
The hall was ready for public use in 2013/14. The hall is being used for conducting Tamil classes to young children. Tamil classes are being conducted weekly on Sundays for a couple of hours. The classes normally start in September of every year and end in June. These classes are being conducted for more than 3 decades. With the acquiring of this new building, the hall is being used for teaching Tthe Tamil language to interested children. Children and parents also the hall for dance and drama practices. Apart from this, the hall contains a few books for reading. In the long term with more Tamil books, the plan creates a small Library of Tamil Books for members to read and share thoughts about Tamils and improve their literacy. Regular meetings of the committee members are being conducted at this building. Pictures of the classes are attached for reviews.
Edmonton Tamil Cultural Association conducts two or more ethnic cultural programs. The programs are called Diwali Celebrations which falls in October/ November. Pongal festival is celebrated in February. Summer games event is conducted in July/August and a winter festival event is conducted in December. Classical dances, songs, music, stage plays, and debates are conducted during such events.
We do not sublease or rent the hall for any other activities or use this building for revenue collection or income generation. No commercial activities take place. The building maintenance charges and utility bills and mortgage are being paid from AGLC’s casino funds.
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