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Bangladesh Canada Association of Calgary is a non-political, non-religious and non-profit social organization. The specific purpose of this association is to help Bangladeshi and Bangladeshi Canadians living in Calgary area to overcome challenges by providing social, cultural, educational and job related information and support through active co-operation among our community members in Calgary.

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Aims and Objectives:

- To promote and preserve the History, Culture and Traditions of Bangladesh in Canada.
- To foster better understanding between the Bangladeshis and Canadians in general.
- To represent the interest of Bangladeshi community at various levels of government and to other ethnic groups and/or organizations.
- To acquire and maintain necessary facilities for achieving the objectives of the Association.

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History:

Bangladesh Association started its journey in Calgary in 1968. It started with few people. They contributed during the Independent war of 1971 to make awareness among people here in Canada. They also helped people who migrated here during the war. Those new immigrants joined the association too. As the economy started booming here in 2000, many Bangladeshis moved in Calgary from different parts of the world like Middle-east, Europe and Asia for living and job purposes. When they started to know about Bangladesh Association, they liked to be the part of it and thus Bangladesh Association in Calgary started having a big family. Officially, the association was registered in 2006 and named it Bangladesh Canada Association of Calgary - BCAOC.

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About Bangladesh:

Bangladesh is a country in South Asia. Straddling the fertile Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta, it is part of the historic ethno-linguistic region of Bengal. The name Bangladesh stands for "Country of Bengal" in the official Bengali language. It faces the Bay of Bengal to its south, and is bordered by India on the north, west and east, as well as Burma (Myanmar) on the southeast. It is separated from the Himalayan nations of Nepal and Bhutan by India’s narrow Siliguri corridor, and is in close geographical proximity to China.

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The present-day borders of Bangladesh were established during the British partition of Bengal in 1947, when the region became East Pakistan, part of the newly formed nation of Pakistan. However, it was separated from West Pakistan by nearly 1,500 km (about 900 mi) of Indian territory. Due to political exclusion, ethnic and linguistic discrimination and economic neglect by the politically dominant western wing, popular agitation grew and gave rise to a secular cultural nationalist movement, leading to the declaration of independence and Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. In the aftermath of war and independence, the new state endured poverty, famine, political turmoil and military coups. The restoration of democracy in 1991 has been followed by relative calm and economic progress.

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Bangladesh is a unitary secular parliamentary republic, with an elected parliament called the Jatiyo Sangshad. It is the world's eighth most populous country and has one of the highest population densities in the world. The Bengali people form the vast majority of the population, however Bangladesh is also home to various indigenous peoples in its northern and southeastern districts. The country is identified as a Next Eleven economy. It is a founding member of regional groupings SAARC and BIMSTEC, and is a member of the Commonwealth, the Non-Aligned Movement, the OIC and the Developing 8 Countries.

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