FAQs

For Individuals

Am I aware of my family’s history and is it important?

You may not be aware of the importance of knowing and sharing your family’s history as a rich and exciting contribution to Canada’s social history. It is our everyday stories that link us together and represent a shared experience and common narrative. ICAP is here to help you.

Are any of our family’s photos, artistic creations, letters, business documents, (or similar) of interest outside our family?

Absolutely. Some of your items may be the missing link in understanding past experiences in the Italian-Canadian narrative. ICAP invites you to SHARE AN ITEM in order to get you started.

Am I able to gather any of these materials and identify them? (i.e. people, places, dates)

Most likely. It’s a question of locating what you have and identifying the persons, places, and dates involved for each piece. As an individual, you may need to talk to your immediately family and friends to do so. Senior family members and friends may be especially invaluable to you. ICAP is here to help you.

Are there family members and friends I need to speak to in order to find out more?

Most likely. As an individual, if you speak to persons who can help you build your story, then you need tools to conduct these oral interviews. ICAP provides detailed information to help you.

I have some materials that I would like to keep confidential. Is this possible?

Yes. Just write to icap@icap and someone will respond.

I have boxes of letters, documents, photos, and similar materials. What should I do with them?

It’s extremely important not to discard these types of documents until an expert has been informed. ICAP can link you with an expert and share the news of the existence of your materials across the national ICAP network.

For Community-level Action

We are interested in finding, organizing, and sharing our materials at the community-level. How do we get started?

Your community needs advice and tools. ICAP is here to help you.

Do we need money to do this?

Not right away. ICAP provides advice and resources for community action.

Is ICAP assistance free?

Yes, once you are a member.

What benefits does an ICAP organizational membership provide?

ICAP organizational membership provides access to expert advice and assists in initiating the process of long-term access to your existing collections without additional charges. Moreover, in the event that ICAP applies for project funding, ICAP gives preference to working with  organizational members as partners.

For Statute-based Organizations

We are an organization that represents Italian Canadians who originate from a specific Italian region. Is ICAP relevant to us?

Absolutely. Your organization constitutes one of the voices of the Italian-Canadian narrative in Canada. ICAP invites you to become an organizational member so that your good work can be guided and listed as part of the national ICAP network.