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The Scottish Studies Foundation organizes and supports events and activities of an educational nature in keeping with its mandate as a registered charity in Canada.

Preparing for a lecture at the Fall Colloquium
sponsored by the Scottish Studies Foundation

Other events that fall outside this mandate are organized by the Scottish Studies Society which operates in parallel with the Scottish Studies Foundation. All members of the Scottish Studies Foundation are automatically members of the Scottish Studies Society.

Unlike the Foundation, the Scottish Studies Society is not a charitable organization - its sole purpose is to organize events which, in turn, raise money to support the Scottish Studies Foundation by supplementing the funds obtained through memberships and donations.

The Scottish Studies Society's Tartan Day Celebration
Casa Loma, Toronto

The flagship event for the Scottish Studies Society is its Tartan Day Celebration held in April each year, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in Scotland on the 6th April 1320.

This is a spectacular event and one which is fast becoming the most prestigious in the Scots-Canadian calendar.

The Tartan Day Celebration includes the presentation of the Society's annual "Scot of the Year Award" which was initiated to honour individuals with a Scottish connection who have achieved distinction through their contribution to Canadian society or the international community at large. Click here to go to a list of recipients.

Highland Dancing on our Annual Tall Ship Cruise

Other events include our annual Tall Ship Cruise which commemorates the voyage of pioneer ship "Hector" which arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773. Video of our first cruise in 1992 can be seen here.