“Nepalese presence in the Calgary region started in early Seventies. By 1980 more
Nepalese began arriving to look for prosperity and higher education. In early
Eighties the Medical Faculty of the University of Calgary started inviting
medical doctors from Nepal for training as part of the Surkhet Hospital Project.
Mountaineering and trekking business started to boom and Corporations started to
explore oil and minerals in Nepal . This sudden increased interest in Nepal
caused Calgary to require some kind of Orientation Program for those people
before heading to Nepal . In response Calgary ’s then Nepali residents, the
Faculty of Medicine Professors and Nepalese Medical Students organized and
registered the Nepali Canadian Association (NCA) in 1985.
After its establishment in 1985 the Nepali Canadian Association actively
promoted friendship with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Calgary .
It participated in orientation of Nepal with local Mountaineering and Trekking
groups and corporations. As well it expanded awareness of Nepali culture with
the Multi-Cultural Society of Calgary. In 1988, during the Winter Olympic Games,
the NCA promoted Nepali Arts, Crafts and Food by participating in the exhibition.
It translated Olympic venues into Nepali language and volunteered wherever they could. .
The Surkhet Hospital Project wrapped up towards late Eighties and the Nepali doctors returned
home after finishing their studies. Many of the Medical Faculty Professors retired and some
of the Nepali residents relocated from Calgary . As a result barely few members in the
Association were left and thus forcing the Nepali Canadian Association to a dormant
state for a while.
Early Nineties saw again the arrival of few Nepali student families to pursue Post Graduate
Education in the Engineering Faculties of the University of Calgary . With Canada opening
its door to the skilled international labor market, the influx of Nepali immigrants started
in Canada in the mid-nineties. Lots of Nepalese found Calgary as the place of choice as not
only the employment opportunities in Calgary are good but also it offers all the amenities of
a modern city and being very close to beautiful places like Banff , Lake Louise and Rocky
Mountains . Therefore, from 1997 onwards there was a tremendous increase of Nepali population
in Calgary . With increasing Nepali populace in Calgary , it was felt that organizing the
Nepalese community at this stage will strengthen the social cohesiveness and harmony.
A public meeting was held in 2001 and the meeting decided to reactivate this Association.