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Finnish Labour Temple

Finnish Labour Temple

Photo by contributor Parks Canada - Posted February 2017

Finnish Labour Temple

Photo by contributor Parks Canada - Posted February 2017

Finnish Labour Temple

Photo from Google Street View ©2017 Google - Posted February, 2017

Plaque Location

The District of Thunder Bay
The City of Thunder Bay
On the north side of Bay Street between
Secord Street and Algoma Street South


Coordinates: N 48 25.930 W 89 13.795

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Plaque Text

Built in 1909-1910, during a period of significant Finnish immigration to Canada, this building reflects the commitment of Finns to collective action and their influential role in Canada's labour movement in the first half of the 20th century. As a haali, it made available a wide range of social services and mutual aid to newcomers, workers, and their families. The labour temple also housed newspaper offices, a library, a cooperative restaurant named Hoito, and an auditorium used for theatrical productions, athletics, and various events, together contributing to the preservation of Finnish culture traditions in Canada.

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