5 th   International Polonia Conference
Warsaw  Sept 20 - 23 2018

On September 20-23 2018 Polonia and Poles living outside of Poland had arrived to Warsaw to participate in the 5th World Polonia conference.  This years conference was very special as we celebrated together the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence under the patronage of Polish President Andrzej Duda. 

The conference, organized by the Polonia World Council (Rada Polonii Swiata), the 'Wspolnota Polska' organization and the Polish Government - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aimed to discuss and plan how Polonia could cooperate more efficiently in projecting the best image of Poland, it’s history and Polish culture around the world.  

Approximately 600 delegates from numerous countries (25 from across Canada) attended the conference.  Discussion forums were grouped into the following areas: organizations, science, education and culture, sport tourism and recreation, forum of Polonia media, and forum of world’s Polonia ministry and priesthood. 

During our meetings, it became apparent that regardless of which continent we are living on, there is an abundance of activities promoting Polish culture and the language, as well as, Poland’s strong roots and the historical impact it has had over the centuries.  We also discovered that we are experiencing similar difficulties.  These difficulties mainly encompassed trying to involve younger generations and teaching the Polish language to our children and youth.  

Mrs. Iwona Swiatczak, The President of the Canadian Polish Congress British Columbia was honoured to represent our beautiful province of BC and the Vancouver region.

Below you will find pictures and the program of the Conference. It was an honor to represent Polonia from our province and beautiful Vancouver area at the conference especially that 100th Anniversary of Regaining an Independence made it very special to all of us. 

Sept 19th, 2018

Polish - Canadian delegation was invited to Canadian Embacy in Warsaw. We were greeted by Consul General and his stuff. What an opportunity it was to talk about impact the Polonia community makes all across canada Canada. 

Sept 20, 2018

Beautiful mass to start the V th Polonia Convention in Warsaw followed by official opening in Polish Senate. 

Delegates visited the Presidencial Palace. President A. Duda and his wife greeted all , thanked for coming and wished productive meetings. 

Prezydent RP Andrzej Duda   - speech to welcome Polonia

Sept 22nd - Participation in the conference as the member of the International Polonia Organizations Forum