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Almaty remains the largest, most developed, and most ethnically and culturally diverse city in Kazakhstan.
Due to development by the Soviet Union and relocation of workers and industries from European areas of the Soviet Union during World War II, the city has a high proportion of ethnic Russians and Ukrainians.
On February 19, the Embassy hosted a pond hockey tournament on the Ishim River in Astana, in partnership with the Astana Akimat and Kazakhstan Amateur Hockey League.
Twenty-four teams participated, 16 adult and 8 youth.
This initiative was supported by money raised in 2016 for youth hockey in Kazakhstan events.
Youth development is a central theme of Canada 150.
The Embassy is reaching out to Kazakhstani youth through Canada’s support of the Zamandas 21 hockey initiative.
The highlight was an exhibition game featuring Ambassador Steil and Canadian stars from the local KHL team, Barys Astana.
The tournament celebrated Canada 150 with some good old-fashioned fun based on inclusivity and a mutual Canada-Kazakhstan love of hockey.