Mandate

The mandate of the Friends of the Finnish Labour Temple is to celebrate and promote the history and cultural legacy of Finnish immigration to Canada through education, research, creation and dissemination.

The Friends of the Finnish Labour Temple celebrate and promote the preservation of a historic building and its contents and the cultural legacy connected to that building and the community that maintains it.

Goals

Provide resources to researchers, students, and artists to enable them to contribute to the celebration and promotion of the cultural Finnish immigration to Canada.

Help preserve the Finnish Labour Temple as a historic building and its cultural legacy.

Enabling goals

  • Year round fundraising that supports the creation of grants and scholarships that further knowledge of and recognition of the cultural legacy of Finnish immigration to Canada through education, research, creation and dissemination.
  • Provide seed money for projects that contribute to the preservation, maintenance and exhibition of historic artifacts and archives of the Finnish labour Temple.
  • Provide expertise and support for organizations or individuals whose projects share our mandate.
  • Establish partnerships with organizations and individuals.

Objectives

Research: Facilitate access to primary documents, archives, artifacts connected to the history and cultural legacy of Finnish immigration to Canada to academic researchers.

Education: Provide scholarships to graduate students who engage in academic research or theses connected to Finnish Immigration to Canada and its cultural legacy.

Creation: The creation of high quality visual, media and performing arts that reflect the mandate of the Friends of the Finnish Labour Temple.

To support the creation of reports, books, articles, websites, plays, films, or music.

Dissemination: Connecting the products of creation with a local and international audience.

To support the publication of books, articles, theses.

To help facilitate the distribution of media products or performance via the internet, public screenings, television or radio.

The Friends of the Finnish Labour Temple is a not-for-profit organization based in Thunder Bay. An application for Charitable status has been made to the Province of Ontario. Results are expected by July 2016.

The Friends of the Finnish Labour Temple consists of an appointed board of directors responsible for decisions regarding all activities and an advisory committee that can be called upon to assist in decision-making. The organization is open to anyone interested in becoming a friend through donation to the capital fund used to fulfill our mandate.

Friends may join with a contribution of as little as $50.00.

Friends receive electronic updates on the organization’s activities and special invitations to events.

Founding Board of Directors

Ms. Kelly Saxberg – President

Dr. Ronald Harpelle – Treasurer

Dr. Nathan Hatton – Secretary

Dr. Michel Beaulieu – Vice-President