St. Mary's Polish Church in Whitney Pier, Cape Breton rebuilt after the devastating fire
July 04, 2016
Thanks to incredible support and hard work by many people, St. Mary's Polish Church in Whitney Pier, Nova Scotia,
the only Polish church in Atlantic Canada, has re-opened after the fire in 2014.
Established in 1913, the church is the centre of Cape Breton's Polish community,
one of the longest-standing Polish communities in Canada.
The Open House took place on Sunday, June 26, 2016 and the official Mass of Consecration was held on Sunday, July 3, 2016.
Everyone was welcome to see the beautiful church including the Polish community in Halifax.
225th Anniversary of Poland's Constitution and Polonia Day in Halifax took place on May 29, 2016
MAY 31, 2016
Another great event organized by the Polish Canadian Society of Nova Scotia and the
Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Nova Scotia.
Hon Consul, Jan Skora, provided remarks on the occasion of 225th anniversary of adoption of the Constitution of May 3, the first written constitution in modern Europe
and the second in the world, after America's. He also handed a commemorative medal for the 70th Anniversary of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising awarded by the Polish Government to
The Polish Canadian Society of Nova Scotia prepared a wonderful program to celebrate their achievements in preserving Polish history, culture and
traditions with an added Polish - Canadian focus. There are about 1 Million people of Polish decent curently living in Canada.
In February of 2002, the Senate of the Republic of Poland adopted a resolution setting aside May 2nd as a day to honor the
The event was attended by: Lieutenant Governor J.J Grant and Mrs. Grant, Hon Lena Diab, Minister of Immigration on behalf of Premier Stephen
McNeil, Hon Michael MacDonald, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia, Hon Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage,
Mike Savage, Mayor of Halifax, Matt Whitman, Deputy Mayor of Halifax,
representatives of the Consular Corps of Nova Scotia, members of Polish and Canadian community.
CO of ORP 'Blyskawica' and Deputy Cdr of the Sailing Training Center of the Polish Navy visited Halifax
MAY 25, 2016
At the invitation of the Honorary Polish Consul in Halifax, Jan Skora, the Battle of the Atlantic Society
participated in a study tour of Polish Museums in October 2015. The main goal was to establish a relationship
between Polish ORP 'Blyskawica', the oldest preserved destroyer in the world, and Canadian HMCS 'Sackville',
both being historic ships and of cultural significance to their respective navies.
As a result of the visit, Cdr Lubkowski, CO of ORP 'Blyskawica' and Lt Cdr Jarosz,
Deputy Commander of the Sailing Training Center of the Polish Navy visited Halifax May 16 - 21, 2016 to pursue
this goal and present the future ways of cooperation between both countries and represent Poland's contribution
to the Battle of the Atlantic in the new
Battle of the Atlantic Place
museum destined to be built on the Halifax waterfront.
See pictures of the visit
City of Halifax and City of Gdynia, Poland become "sister" cities
MAY 15, 2016
At the initiative of the Honorary Consul, Jan Skora, the City of Halifax and the City of Gdynia, Poland
started preparing for declaring both cities as "sister" cities. A delegation from Halifax travelled to Poland in October 2015 to establish initial contact.
As a result of the visit the Mayor of Gdynia accepted the proposal in an official letter to Mike Savage, Mayor of Halifax.
A meeting with Mayor Mike Savage took place on May 13, 2016 to plan future potential cooperation between both cities in the economic and cultural
areas. The existence of the Emigration Museum in Gdynia and the Canadiann Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax proves that the possible
cooperation holds a huge potential.
Ambassador Robert Kupiecki talk on NATO Warsaw Summit at Dalhousie University, April 15, 2016
APRIL 17, 2016
The European Union Centre of Excellence with the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie University,
in conjunction with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Ottawa and the Consulate of the Republic of
Poland in Halifax organized the talk about the Road to the NATO Warsaw Summit in July 2016,
how to strengthen NATO and enhance European security. About 80 guests participated in this seminar.
The speaker was Robert Kupiecki, Former Poland's Deputy Minister of National Defence, Former Ambassador to the United States of
America, Former Deputy Ambassador to NATO and currently Professor in the Institute of International Relations,
National Defence University Warsaw, Poland.
The talk was followed by the discusion panel which included discussants:
Adm Glenn V. Davidson, Canadian Military Representative to NATO, 2004-2008 and John Soosar,
former journalist with The Canadian Press and former producer with both CBC Newsworld and ATV.
Polish Canadian Society of Nova Scotia assumes honorary patronage of Prof. Stanislaw Swianiewicz grave
MARCH 21, 2016
The Polish Embassy in Ottawa has asked me to present a proposal to the Polish Canadian Society of Nova Scotia (PCSNS) to
assume the honorary patronage over the grave of Prof. Stanislaw Swianiewicz located in Sackville, Nova Scotia.
I would like to inform you that the proposal has been accepted by PCSNS at their last meeting on March 19, 2016.
For those of you who are not familiar with his life and achievements, you can read more information about Professor
Stanislaw Swianiewicz here.
I also encourage you to read about another outstanding Polish historian, Professor
Stanislaw Bóbr-Tylingo, a person very well known to a lot of
us and visit his grave which is also located in Sackville.
Please see the
location of both graves.
2016 Summer Camps for Children and Youth in Poland
MARCH 05, 2016
I have been receiving inquiries about summer camps for children and youth in Poland combined with learning Polish.
During my diplomatic conference in Ottawa in 2015, the Director of the Department of Cooperation with the Polonia and Poles Abroad,
from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed me that such opportunities exist.
Learning the Polish language is one of the top priorities
of the Polish government in cooperation with the Polish community abroad. An example is the current active support of the Polish
language classes also in our province.
Currently, learning Polish at summer camps falls under the Ministry of National Education. Implementation of this program is
run by various foundations and associations. On this page, you will find the detailed description of the
Summer camps and learning Polish in Poland for children and youth.
Polish Film screenings at Parkland, Clayton Park, Cameron Hall - February/March 2016
JAN 14, 2016
The screening of the Polish movies covering the achievements of Polish cinematography in the period of 1945 to 1989 will
take place in Halifax during the months of February and March 2016.
This is the
The program was organized by Prof. Fred Young, with the support of the Honorary Consul of Poland in Halifax.
I encourage you to
register for this program, especially because we do not often have a chance to see such films in cinema format in Halifax.
If you have additional questions please contact SCANS at info@theSCANS.ca or (902) 444-7588.
Consular Outreach Session in Halifax took place on December 5, 2015
DEC 08, 2015
Consul Aleksandra Kucy from the Polish Embassy in Ottawa travelled to Halifax to render consular services for the Atlantic Provinces
Polish community on December 5, 2015 at the location of the Polish Consulate in Halifax.
During her free time the Consul also met with the children participating in the monthly activities to practice the Polish Language
and learn about Polish traditions and customs. The Consul also participated in the PCSNS planning committee meeting to discuss future plans in promoting Polish culture and
language in Nova Scotia in 2016.
General Miroslaw Rózanski, Commander General of the Armed Forces of Poland visited Halifax
NOV 26, 2015
Gen. Rózanski participated in the Halifax International Security Forum November 20 - 22, 2015.
During his visit Gen. Rózanski, Col. Gluszczak and Col. Kiszkowiak met at the Polish Consulate to discuss future
plans for the participation and cooperation of the Polish Armed Forces in projects initiated by the Consulate in Halifax.
The Polish Ambassador who participated in the Security Forum also met with the Consul to discuss current and new projects recently
initiated by Halifax Consulate of RP.
On the picture from the left:
Col. Cezary Kiszkowiak, the Polish Defense Attaché in Ottawa
Jan Skora, Honorary Consul of Poland in Nova Scotia
Gen. Miroslaw Rózanski, Commander of the Polish Armed Forces
Col. Szczepan Gluszczak, Armed Forces of Poland
Polish Independence Day commemoration - November 22, 2015
NOV 23, 2015
This year marks the 97th Anniversary of Poland's Independence regained on November 11, 1918 after 123 years
of partitions by neighbouring totalitarian countries.
We celebrated the anniversary to respect and recognize thousands of people who lost their lives in the struggle for
independence. The event took place at the University of King's College in Halifax.
This year anniversary was attended by many honoured guests - Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, the Honourable J.J Grant and Mrs. Grant,
Andy Fillmore Member of Parliament, Honourable Lena Diab Minister of Immigration, Honourable Tony Ince Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage and Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs,
Rear-Admiral John Newton Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic,
Matt Whitman Deputy Mayor of Halifax, Steven Giegerich U.S. Consul General, Honorary Consuls in Nova Scotia and members of local community.
The evening featured a screening of a movie "Warsaw Uprising 1944" about one of the most heroic episodes of the Polish
history, 1944 Warsaw Uprising. It was compiled from the original documentary materials. The story is shown through the eyes
of an US airman, who escaped from the Nazi POW camp, and two young Polish soldiers - reporters. They try to document not
only the drastic scenes from the front line but also moments of relaxation of the fighters and the daily life of ordinary
Nova Scotia delegation visited Poland October 5 - 10, 2015
OCT 18, 2015
On the initiative of the Polish Consulate in Halifax, with significant assistance of the Polish Embassy in
Ottawa and the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a delegation of cultural institutions of the province of
Nova Scotia went on a study visit to Poland which took place from October 5 - 10, 2015. The delegation
included representatives from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the Museum of Natural History
and the Museum of the Battle of the Atlantic. During the visit, the delegation visited the city of Warsaw,
Krakow, Gdynia and Gdansk and participated in meetings with institutions that are interested in
cooperation with museums in the Province of Nova Scotia.
On the initiative of the Polish Consul in Halifax, efforts have been initiated to establish the City of Gdynia
as a sister city with Halifax. The delegation had the opportunity to meet with representatives of
Gdynia and pass formal offer of the City of Halifax regarding the possibility of cultural and economic cooperation.
Regional diplomatic-consular conference took place in Ottawa
SEPT 21, 2015
Strengthening Poland’s positive image, economic diplomacy and cooperation with Polish diaspora were the main
topics discussed by representatives of the Embassy of Poland in Ottawa as well as professional and honorary
consuls accredited in Canada during regional conference held in Ottawa on 17-19 September 2015.
The meetings were also attended by representatives of the Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Trade and Investment Promotion Section in Montreal, office of Polish Tourist
Organization in New York and Polish diaspora organizations: Canadian Polish Congress, Polish Combatants Association,
Federation of Polish Women in Canada, Young Polish-Canadian Professionals Association and the Polish Scouting
Participants of the conference discussed about the priorities of promotional activities and cooperation with the
Polish diaspora in the coming years, changes in the consular law and possibilities of improving cooperation
between embassy, consulates general in Vancouver and Toronto, consulate and the Trade and Investment Promotion
Section in Montreal and honorary consuls in Halifax, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Calgary.
Consular outreach session in Halifax was held on Saturday, September 12, 2015
SEPT 16, 2015
A Consul from the Polish Embassy in Ottawa travelled to Halifax to render consular services for the Atlantic Provinces
Polish community on September 12, 2015 at the location of the Polish Consulate in Halifax.
Many Polish citizens met with the Consul to apply for a passport and for other consular services.
If you are interested to meet with the Consul during the next consular outreach session in Halifax please
contact me by email. A session will be scheduled if there is sufficient interest.
During her free time the Consul also met with the Polish - Canadian Society of Nova Scotia to discuss future plans in
promoting Polish culture and language in Nova Scotia, attended the 13th Polish Festival and visited the
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.
Military Attaché at the Polish Embassy in Ottawa visits Halifax Sept 21 - 25, 2015
SEPT 30, 2015
Defence, Military, Naval and Air Attaché Colonel Cezary Kiszkowiak visited Halifax
to meet with the Polish veterans, representatives of the Canadian Armed Forces and members of polish community. He also met with the
Military Veterans Association in Dieppe, New Brunswick.
Colonel Kiszkowiak talked about a long history of good relations between Poland's and Canada's armed forces.
During the World War I in the town of Niagara on the Lake Canadian soldiers trained 22,000 Polish recruits,
who fought on the European fronts in 1917 and 1918. During World War II Poles and Canadians fought together in Normandy.
Canada accepted in 1947 hundreds of Polish veterans who could not return to their homeland
because of the communist regime repressions and was the first country to ratify the Polish accession to NATO structures.
Today Canada supports the NATO operation of strengthening its eastern flank by presence of Canadian soldiers also in Poland.
The first Polish Film Festival and Commemoration of Polish Constitution Day took place May 2015
JUNE 06, 2015
The first Polish Film Festival took place at the University of King’s College in Halifax on May 30 & 31, 2015.
It was organized by the Polish - Canadian Society of Nova Scotia.
Attendance exceeded our expectations - on both evenings the films were enjoyed by a warm and enthusiastic audience of approximately a 100!
"The Death of Captain Pilecki" is a story of the Polish Intelligence officer who wrote the first intelligence report on Auschwitz in 1941, which enabled the Polish Government in exile to convince the Western Allies that the Nazi crimes were taking place in this camp. He volunteered for Polish resistance operations and was willingly imprisoned in Auschwitz in order to gather intelligence. While there, Pilecki organized a resistance movement and escaped after nearly two and a half years of imprisonment. He took part in the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, remained loyal to the London-based Polish government, and was executed in 1948 by the communist secret police. This film is co-presented with the Polish Consul in Nova Scotia, Mr. Jan Skora, and the Polish Embassy in Ottawa, to celebrate Polish Constitution Day.
"Ida" is this year’s winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Set in 1962, it tells the story of a young Polish woman who discovers, just before she takes her vows to be a Catholic nun, that she is Jewish. With her aunt, a Communist party member, the sheltered and devout young woman travels to the village where their family was hidden by Christians during the war and then betrayed. With characteristic black-and- white photos and convincingly delineated characters, Ida raised public recognition around the world. It is co-presented with the Atlantic Jewish Council.
70th Anniversary of the End of World War II
MAY 09, 2015
Poland was the only European country which fought and at times experienced defeat - but never capitulated - from the first to the last day of World War II.
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland invites you to visit the newly created website presenting the role of Poland and Poles
in the Second World War.
St Vincent de Paul Parish dedicates a room to John Paul II
APR 03, 2015
In St Vincent de Paul Parish this Tuesday March 31st after Mass at 6.15 pm celebrated by Fr. Darek Misiolek the memory of Saint pope
John Paul II a library room was dedicated to this Great Pope. Among invited guests were Jan Skora, Honorary Consul
of Poland in Nova Scotia and his wife Teresa.
10th anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II
MAR 26, 2015
April 2, 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II. Although this is not a religious holiday, this date has meaning for us Poles. It is the date of the death of someone very close to us. The Canadian parliament has passed an act designating the date of April 2nd each year as Pope John Paul II Day. Passed by both houses of parliament, the bill also recognizes Saint John Paul II as a champion of human dignity and freedom.
The pope’s philosophical works can be of great significance for our lives. In order to promote his thoughts, our colleague
Ryszard Stocki, an organizational psychologist, educator and business consultant, currently a research fellow in the Economics
Department at St. Mary’s University in Halifax co- founded the
Institute of Karol Wojtyla in Krakow, Poland.
One of the projects of the Institute is everyday life science textbook, based on the anthropology of Wojtyla, edited by Mr. Stocki,
more information about the project
The first chapter has been developed last year. On the occasion of the upcoming anniversary Mr. Stocki made the
available to us. You are invited to read it and explore it for yourself.
70th Anniversary of Auschwitz liberation commemorated in Ottawa
JAN 27, 2015
For centuries Poland was a refuge for millions of Jews,
country which welcomed them while they were persecuted in other European countries.
We must remember that more than a third of those who died in Auschwitz were Polish citizens -
said ambassador Marcin Bosacki during a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the
German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, which took place on January 27, 2015
in Ottawa City Hall.
Canada designates April 2 as Pope John Paul II Day
Polish parishoners gather for the Christmas Eve Wigilia (vigil supper) - December 21, 2014
DEC 22, 2014
The Polish community gathered at St. Anthony's Church in Dartmouth to share Christmas tree tradition, carol singing, sharing of 'oplatek' (Christmas wafer)
and wishes for good health, prosperity and happiness in the New Year.
Olivia Rybicka-Oliver from Halifax smashes Guinness World Record
JAN 19, 2015
On January 19, at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, 11 year old
Olivia Rybicka - Oliver
from Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia, smashed the existing Guinness World Record for the fastest spinner on ice skates
of 306 RPM by officially recording a speed of 342 RPM.
All the money she raised will be collected by Coalition for Kids International and sent to help the sick children.
Watch her spin...
Album "Katyn" was donated to the Halifax Central Library
DEC 17, 2014
The Honorary Consul of Poland donated a beautiful album "Katyn" to the
Halifax Central Library
opened on December 13, 2014.
The book is a gift for participating in the movie screening "Katyn" during the Polish Independence Day commemoration on November 17, 2014.
The movie tells the story about a mass execution of 22,000 Polish POW officers, intellectuals and clergy ordered by the Soviet authorities in 1940.
The library director is the son of a Polish pilot who took part in the Battle of England.
The book will give the local community the opportunity to learn about the Polish history from the period of the Second World War.
Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw, Poland visited Halifax Dec 1 - Dec 7, 2014
Mr. Andrzej Pieczunko, Deputy Director of the Office for Preservation and Dissemination of Archival Records at the
Institute of National Remembrance
– Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation (IPN) and Ms. Teresa Gallewicz
visited Halifax upon the invitation of the Honorary Consul of Halifax, Jan Skora. The primary goal of the visit was to
review and transfer to IPN the documentation
created and collected by
Prof. Stanislaw Bóbr-Tylingo
, saved from destruction by the professor's friends and the Honorary Consul and
stored at the Polish Consulate in Halifax since the professor's death in 2001.
After the review, IPN decided to transfer 148 items of great historical value to their archives in Warsaw.
An active discussion took place during a visit about creating opportunities for international co-operation between
the residents and institutions residing in Nova Scotia. Often historical documents of great value are stored in private collections.
To avoid a possibility of their destruction or getting lost, the individuals would have an opportunity to contact the IPN
and request the assessment of the documents with the possibility of transferring them to the IPN Institute in Poland.
Lecture about Prof. Bobr-Tylingo and Prof. Swianiewicz - Oct 16, 2014
OCT 26, 2014
about the extraordinary life and socio-academic achievements of professors
Stanislaw Swianiewicz and Stanislaw Bóbr-Tylingo of Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, and of the Polish University Abroad
in London, UK by Dr. Joanna K. Pylat
Dr Pylat is the author of numerous articles and conference papers in Polish and in English.
These deal with the issue of education and culture of Poles abroad both after 1945 and the new emigration since 1989.
Her books include: Friends of Poland: A Short History, 1982-2009 (London 2012); PUNO, Polski Universytet na Obczyznie;
with Andrzej Suchcitz General Wladyslaw Anders: Soldier and Leader of Free Poles in Exile (London 2008);
Filozofia Polskiego Universytetu na Obczyznie (Warsaw 2014).
Become member of the Polish Dance Ensemble
SEPT 20, 2014
Pomorze Polish Dance Ensemble was established in 1983 by a group of friends and enthusiasts,
and still continues to foster the love of traditional and modern dance. We attend festivals and
workshops around the world, and are looking for members to join in the fun and experience!
For more information please visit
or email Joanna at email@example.com.
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