Scottish North American Leadership Conference 2017
The Scottish North American Leadership Conference meets annually and for 2017, the conference is being held in Canada! This is a first and we are thrilled to be hosting the Scottish North American Diaspora! The conference is taking place during the celebration of Canada's 150th birthday.
Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald was Gaelic speaking and had ancestral ties to Rogart, where his grandparents were crofters before being removed during the Sutherland Clearances. Our 13th Prime Minister, John G. Diefenbaker, had ancestral ties to Kildonan through his mother, who was a established by a Scot whose family were part of the clearances, having lived in Halkirk.
We are excited to be hosting our American cousins for the celebration of our 150th birthday and look forward to having you join us as well.
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Bringing the conference to Canada
Following the SNALC in Detroit, in late October, 2015, the idea was presented about having Canada host the conference in 2017 as part of the celebration of Canada's 150th birthday.
Following that conference, a planning committee was put together consisting of members of the Clans and Scottish Societies of Canada (CASSOC) and since then we have been working to bring you a wonderful program. Our conference is being held in conjunction with the Fergus Scottish Festival, the largest Clan Gathering in Ontario. We want YOU to not only participate in the discussions, but to indulge in your Scottish heritage by visiting the Festival.
Canada has a deep and rich Scottish heritage and we are thrilled to be able to host Scots from across North America. The goal of this celebratory event will be to bring together the Scottish Diaspora to jointly explore the nature of Scottish History and Heritage in North America, to examine the value of the diverse contributions of these groups, and to develop ways to pass this rich history, culture, and these traditions onto our youth.
The event is open to all persons with an interest in Scottish heritage, history or culture regardless of age, gender or ability. We look forward to having you join us in Ontario in 2017!