Latin American

Since the 1960s, the arrival and presence of refugees and immigrants from Latin America has been an important part of Edmonton’s growth. This wider community comes from different religious, racial and ethic backgrounds and from many countries within South and Central America, as well as Mexico. In the 1970s, many arrived to escape the violence and displacement from military dictatorships that overthrew South America’s democratic governments.

The Latin American community in Edmonton maintains strong ties and commitment to their home countries, and have created gathering places for those only just arriving. The volatile histories in many of these homelands have led many Latin American groups to be front and centre in bringing awareness to local and global human rights issues.