Eritrean

Eritrean

Eritrean
Subtitle
The Eritrean Community

The original home country for all Eritreans is located in the northeast corner of Africa. Eritrea gained its independence from Ethiopia after a bitter war that lasted 30 years. The war ended in 1991, and marked the birth of a new nation. Because of the war, thousands of Eritreans were forced to leave their country and live in Sudan, Europe, the Middle East and North America. The migration of Eritreans to Toronto gained momentum in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Today, over 10,000 Eritreans make the GTA their home.
Eritreans make up a diverse population, reflecting many languages, cultures and religions. There are nine Eritrean nationalities: Afar, Bilen, Hedareb, Kunama, Nara, Rashaida, Saho, Tigre and Tigrigna. While many Eritreans speak Arabic, the Rashaida speak Arabic exclusively. The most widely used languages in the community of the Greater Toronto Area, including Mississauga are Tigrigna, Tigre and Arabic.

Media
MEKALH

  MEKALH is a newsletter published by the Eritrean Canadian Community Centre (see below).

MERHABA

  MERHABA is a newsletter published by the Eritrean Canadian Society for Youth Advancement (see below). Both newsletters feature news, views, articles, etc. that cater to the needs of the community.

Organizations

ERITREAN CANADIAN COMMUNITY CENTRE
Address
Fax 416-658-7442, 729 St. Clair Ave. W
Phone
416-658-8580

  THE ERITREAN CANADIAN COMMUNITY CENTRE (ECCC), (Tel. 416-658-8580, Fax 416-658-7442, 729 St. Clair Ave. W). Established in 1985, the ECCC provides services to the Eritrean community of Toronto, including children, youth and women. These services include adaptation and settlement, heritage language training, informal counselling, information and referral, translation and interpretation, advocacy, recreation, employment and career options, and stay-in-school program for youth.

ERITREAN CULTURAL AND CIVIC CENTRE
Address
120 Carlton St
Phone
416-516-1246

  ERITREAN CULTURAL AND CIVIC CENTRE, (Tel. 416-516-1246, 120 Carlton St).

ERITREAN CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO
Address
296 Concord Ave
Phone
416-536-3229
Web Site
www.ecao.ca

  ERITREAN CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO, (Tel. 416-536-3229, www.ecao.ca, 296 Concord Ave). President: Astier Negash.

Source: Amanuel Melles.

Eritrean cultural display at the Eritrean Canadian Community Centre.