Bringing the world and Goans together to celebrate the past, present and future of a richly cultured, vibrant and accomplished global community.
Goa, India’s smallest state has a rich and distinctive culture - a mélange of Hindu, Muslim and Christian influences imbued with a patina of western-ness – the legacy of 450 years of Portuguese influence. These traditions continue to thrive in Goa, and, to a lesser extent, the Goan Diaspora settled in every corner of the globe. In Canada, Ontario has the largest concentration of Goans living outside Goa.
Children of the Diaspora, already into the third generation, will often identify themselves as “Goans” but are unable to explain the historical or cultural framework of that identity. There is an obvious need to reintroduce this unique culture, not only to the Goan community, but also to the larger communities in which they now live. Of equal importance is the need to underscore the evolution of the Diaspora and to celebrate the remarkable achievements and contributions Goans have made, and continue to make to the world of science, the arts, technology, business, medicine, the environment etc.
To this end GNAT was established as a non-profit, non-political organization whose mission is to enrich, advance, share and celebrate Goans and Goan history and culture through social, cultural, recreational and educationally developmental programmes.
GNAT’s main objectives:
- To help Goans in the west particularly, along with Goans around the globe learn and appreciate all facets of their unique culture.
- To play a prominent role in helping further an understanding and appreciation of the uniqueness of Goan heritage to other groups in Canada and globally.
- To underscore the remarkable achievements of the Goan Diaspora.
- To promote Canada and its opportunities to other Goan communities globally.
- To create a forum for trade/business exchanges through cultural endeavours.
- To establish an international reputation of excellence.
The 'Goa-Netters Association Toronto' was founded to promote the social, educational and Goan cultural interests of its members on terra firma and in cyberspace, develop understanding between members of the Goan Diaspora and the rest of the world and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Goan community.
The Association promotes traditional Goan values and heritage like our language of Konkani in both Romi and Devanagiri scripts and cultural traditions as essential components of Goan multiculturalism worldwide throughout the Diaspora.
The Association also acknowledges both our ancient Indian and Latin antecedents, and subsequent cultural heritages. The goal of the Association is to build a multi- faceted international Goan centre in the West, open to peoples of all nations and cultures, and be a permanent repository and tribute to our unique cultural heritage.