Ethio-Canadian Cultural Academy. (ECCAI) is a registered non profit organization that started on the month of August 2010 by a volunteer group composed of different dancers that represent the different ethnic groups in the country of Ethiopia. It was founded to introduce the beautiful culture of Ethiopia to Manitobans and Canadians as the whole. We also wanted to keep kids connected to their culture and heritage, so that they are well rounded individuals with a positive self image and a greater sense of community connections with their peers. Ethio-Canadian Cultural Academy Inc. aims to develop, enhance and promote recreation of various dance types and cultural diversity here in Manitoba. All our traditional dance, Amharic and Tigrinya language, cultural and heritage education programs are open to all who are interested. We hope to build cultural understanding between all the communities we operate in and serve. Furthermore we want to create greater unity and healthy relationships among Canadians and Ethiopians. Our programs promote community development, cultural activities as well as trade and tourism.We believe our organization raises awareness and provides opportunities for the enhancement of multicultural societies and promote a healthy lifestyle in the society of Manitoba. ECCAI also supports recent immigrants, and adopted families by providing them important information and helping them on their transition to their new Canadian life and make settlement as smooth as possible.