ICAP Chat with Adriana Davies on "Alberta's Italian History"

June 16, 2021 at 3:21 pm
  Date: June 16, 2021 Time: 7:00 PM TORONTO TIME (EDT) -- 5:00 PM ALBERTA TIME Location: Online Event   Join ICAP members Antonella Fanella and Maria Cioni as they engage Adriana Davies in discussing her findings. 5pm Alberta Time (7pm EDT)   “I want to make the people who lived ‘Alberta’s Italian history’ come alive,” says the author and ICAP member. Inspired by her family’s story and her new book, Dr. Davies will talk about why it is important to contribute to the Italian-Canadian historical narrative and how her research went beyond archives and museums to weave community histories and family material into her book. Adriana’s work-- to find, identify and bring together a vast array of materials-- ensures that Alberta’s Italian-Canadian narrative will not be lost.   Join ICAP members Antonella Fanella, author of "With Heart and Soul Calgary’s Italian Community" and Maria Cioni, author of "Spaghetti Western How my Father brought Italian Food to the West" as they engage Adriana Davies about her new book, "From Sojourners to Citizens, Alberta's Italian History".   ICAP members free. Non-members, donation or membership please.   Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/icap-chat-with-adriana-davies-on-albertas-italian-history-tickets-158239303015
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Coming to Halifax:
A Conversation with Italian Women

June 9, 2021 at 10:37 pm
  Date: June 29, 2021 Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (ADT) Location: Zoom Webinar Language: English, some Italian   Beginning with a screening of the short documentary, Coming to Halifax, and followed by a conversation with filmmaker Nancy Spina, join us via Zoom Webinar for an evening of film! Coming to Halifax is a closer look at female Italian immigration experiences, focusing on those settling in Halifax. Opening remarks provided by Carrie-Ann Smith, Vice President of Audience Engagement at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, and Maria Cioni of the Italian Canadian Archives Project. Partnered with the Italian Canadian Association of Nova Scotia and the Italian Canadian Archives Project.   Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/coming-to-halifax-a-conversation-with-italian-women-tickets-157668224905
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Spring 2021 President Update & Announcements

April 9, 2021 at 4:16 pm
Greetings to all! ICAP is delighted to report the following: 1) The Mariano A. Elia Chair has renewed its support for an ICAP grant writer; Sharon Findlay was rehired and immediately applied to the YCW’s program for 2021. 2) Congratulations to Teresa Russo and to her students who were named young leaders of 2020 in heritage conservation. Teresa expressed her many thanks to Marcus Stock and Emily Gilbert for their support during my time at UC, to Sandra Parmegiani for including undergraduate research with the ICNS project at Guelph University, to archivists David Sharron at Brock University and Charlotte Chaffey at the Royal Ontario Museum who always welcomed CDN240 students in the archives, and to Carmela Colella at Brock University for nominating all the students who made contributions to ARICIC issues one and two. (More issues to come; students at Brock University just completed projects on ethnic and gender inequality in sports and decolonizing high performance sports in anticipation of the Canada Summer Games 2022 to Niagara.) “UofT celebrates” will be honoring the UC recipients as well. Here is part of the text of her official announcement: Elizabeth Colantoni, Sam Caravaggio, and Daniella Pace of Brock University and Christina Ioanna Coutsougeras; Cristian Delfino; Stefania Di Leo; Natasha Fares; Samantha Greco; Sebastian Gri; Fiona McLean; Joseph Rossi; Carmen Russo; Garima Saini; Faye Varanesi; and Mackenzie Velocci of University College received the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Youth Achievement and Young Leaders Award for their contributions to Archival Research of Italian-Canadian Immigration and Culture (ARICIC). Below is the statement from the Ontario Heritage Trust and the official photograph of all the recipients at the February 18 virtual ceremony with Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and John Ecker, Chair of OHT, presiding. Statement from Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Ontario Heritage Trust: https://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/pages/programs/recognition-programs/2020-recipients The Ontario Heritage Trust recognizes that “The Archival Research of Italian-Canadian Immigration and Culture Project identifies and preserves the cultural heritage of Italian-Canadian immigration in Ontario, and shares these stories at conferences and through an online archive. The students’ work is supported by Brock University, University College (University of Toronto) and the University of Guelph. The students’ research unearthed oral traditions, expressions, language, art, music, social practices and traditions in Ontario’s historical Italian-Canadian community. These stories fit within a breadth and range of heritage interests. Through their academic projects, students have created oral histories and have included new archives, which include materials such as passports, photographs and educational training documents from private collections of immigrant families, as well as union documents and local heritage club activities. The students’ work has preserved historical documents, archives and oral histories, and has made these resources easily available to an international audience through an online platform.”   2020 recipients - Ontario Heritage Trust Youth Achievement – Individual Charlene Rocha Charlene Rocha is a community organizer and public speaker at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School in Pickering, whose dedication to the conservation of the natural environment has inspired the student body, and whose leadership and community organizing skills are having a substantial impact on the wider Pickering community. www.heritagetrust.on.ca 3) New publication by Adriana Davies titled From Sojourners to Citizens: Alberta's Italian History, which includes the story of Gene Cioni, in the context of tradesmen and entrepreneurs. https://www.guernicaeditions.com/title/9781771836548 From Sojourners to Citizens: Alberta's Italian History - Guernica Editions From Sojourners to Citizens: Alberta's Italian History brings to life the untold story of Italian immigrants in Alberta from the 1880s to the present. It places them in the narrative of province building from work on railways, mines and other industries to breaking the land for agriculture. www.guernicaeditions.com 4) April 8, 22, 29, 2021. Dr. Adriana Davies presents online reading and lectures based on her new book. Please see visit the Canmore Museum and instructions for registration on EVENTBRITE. https://canmoremuseum.com/events/   Progress continuing on the following projects: 1) Inventory and archival placement of Leopoldo Mascioli artefacts and documentation 2) Negotiations concerning the placement of and possible destination exhibit of the Franco Grosso cart at Canadian Museum of History 3) ICAP Waterloo committee.  Established and renowned poet, Dr. Anna Ciardullo Villapiana, and an esteemed teacher and community leader, Prof. Stella Paola, are in the process of collecting objects and memorabilia from the local Italian-Canadian community.  The project has been conceived as a “studio poetico”, a poetic space which, questioning the symbolic function of migratory objects and the enduring sense of identity they bestow on their holders, intends to restore the lyrical sense of journeying through these secluded relics of the soul, rediscovering in so doing perhaps previously unseen lines and shades. Objects, heirlooms, relics, memories of wandering, settling, and returning whose tales by the owners we interviewed will be masterfully etched by the sensory ink of poetry. 4) TLN, soon to become ICAP’s official media partner with lecture and destination viewing of Sbarco a Ellis Island, planned for June 2021, Italian Heritage Month. Membership renewal underway! We invite to you renew here: https://icap.ca/member/.      
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END OF YEAR GREETINGS & RECAP OF 2020

December 14, 2020 at 4:11 pm
As leap years go 2020 will remain unforgettable in the history of the 21st century. Our world remains in the grips of the Coronavirus 19 pandemic, but with rays of hope on the horizon. As of December 9, Canada joined the UK and Bahrain as among the first countries to approve the trail-blazing Pfizer vaccine and cleared the way for initial vaccinations to begin on December 15. We, at ICAP, are hopeful that Canada’s rollout plan, which foresees 100% of our population to be vaccinated by Fall 2021 can be met and that, once again, we’ll be able to meet in person, not just for our annual AGM, but, more significantly, to hold what was to be our 10th anniversary September Showcase conference. As many individuals, groups and associations have had to do and among the many lessons learned during COVID, ICAP has been meeting via ZOOM and on August 27th we held our 10th annual AGM, with members connecting from across Canada. While not meeting in person is disappointing—nothing replaces the gift of being in the physical presence of one another—ICAP, whose mandate and mission are pan-Canadian, did discover that a video conferencing resource such as Zoom allowed us to bridge Canada’s enormous distances and offered us the ability to invite as many members as possible based on the most preferred timeslot. It has emerged as an efficient and cost-saving solution. In fact, moving forward, many similar groups will most likely move to a permanent hybrid meeting model, mixing both in-person meetings with the remote link-up options. I began by noting that this year has been unforgettable across the globe. Closer to home and hitting at the very heart of our ICAP family, this year brought great sadness and tragedy, the untimely passing of Dr. Gabriele Scardellato, mastermind of ICAP and outgoing holder of The Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies at York University. As those in the field are aware and as described on our ABOUT US page, ICAP was born of an initiative organized by Dr. Scardellato, the ground-breaking workshop taking place in Thunder Bay on October 1-3, 2010. Those involved had unanimously agreed that there was need for an Italian-Canadian archives project with a national scope. As a result, the Italian-Canadian Archives Project (ICAP) officially began with a framework document in 2011, was then officially incorporated in 2013 and in 2016 became a Canadian registered charity. In 2010, ICAP established an online presence and, as a registered charity, also has a site on CanadaHelps.org. Now in its 10th year, ICAP’s website operates in 3 languages (EN, FR, IT) and incorporates a sister site hosted by the University of Guelph whose purpose is not only to showcase ICAP’s completed projects, but also to provide ‘how-to’ tools for those interested in undertaking projects. Born of an initiative in 2019 under the guidance and support of ICAP, ICNS presents examples of different ways in which public and privately held materials—writings, photos, newspaper articles, business ledgers, documents, musical instruments, clothing, etc.-- can be used to share the Italian-Canadian contribution to Canada’s evolving narrative, past and present. Projects reflect Italian-Canadian experiences from across Canada and they are meant to spark ideas for how public and personal materials can be shared with Canadians and the world. The Showcase is a platform for communities, academics and individuals to focus and present how they are using their curated Italian-Canadian materials to increase knowledge and understanding in other communities, to draw experiences between multi-generations and families, to teach students and to alert researchers to the wealth of experiences that reside in Canada. For those new to ICAP, here’s a recap of the year’s announcements and most recent events: December 6, 2020. Dr. Nancy Spina, ICAP member and academic from PEI announces the completion of her video, Coming to Canada, with the stories of Italian immigrant women in Halifax. ICAP plans to feature it on its sister site, ICNS in the new year. December 2, 2020.ICAP member, Dr. Teresa Russo and the Italian Studies program from the Modern Language, Literatures, and Cultures (MLLC) at Brock University hosted top-ranked former junior tennis player of Team Ontario and Tennis Canada, Gianluca Agostinelli on "Starting at love: (Re)discovering tennis as a lifelong sport" and growing up in an Italian family of athletes; the second of two university lectures in anticipation of The Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games. The webinar was supported by the Centre for Sport Capacity (CSC) and sponsored by the Brock Canada Games-Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant October 28, 2020. ICAP member, Dr. Teresa Russo and the Italian Studies program from the Modern Language, Literatures, and Cultures (MLLC) at Brock University hosted a webinar on "Soccer in Ontario", interviewing Italian Canadian athletes, Paul Stalteri, professional-international player, and Bronze Olympic medalist Carmelina Moscato, both former members of the National soccer team and currently coaches in Ontario; the first of two university lectures in anticipation of The Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games (originally scheduled for August 6 - 21, 2021, postponed to 2022) in collaboration with the Centre for Sport Capacity (CSC) and sponsored by the Brock Canada Games-Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant. October 20, 2020. A ZOOM talk by ICAP Board Member, Dr. Konrad Eisenbichler (University of Toronto), on Forgotten Italians: The Julian-Dalmatian Community in Canada. Organized by the Italian Studies program in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures, University of Calgary, as part of the XX settimana della lingua italiana / 20th Week of the Italian Language in the World, October 19 to 25, 2020. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1DI9GKo52k&feature=youtu.be September 24, 2020. ICAP announces a new publication, Italian Foodways Worldwide: The Dispersal of Italian Cuisine(s) (Soleil Publishing, 2020), co-edited by Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano who currently serves as Vice President of ICAP and the late Gabriele Scardellato. September 16, 2020. ICAP announces Patterns of Nostos in Italian Canadian Narratives, a special edition of Italian Canadiana edited by Dr. Gabriel Niccoli (ICAP Board Member, ICAP Waterloo), with contributions by Dr. Konrad Eisenbichler (ICAP Board Member), Dr. Sam Migliore (former ICAP Board Member) and Ray Culos (ICAP 5th conference presenter, Vancouver). September 11, 2020. ICAP receives news from the federal government Young Canada Works program (an announcement delayed and restricted due to Covid) that one of its projects was approved. This allowed ICAP to proceed with hiring a student to work from home on digital materials linked to the ICNS site. August 28, 2020. ICAP Waterloo is formed, led by ICAP Board Member, Gabriel Niccoli. For a full list of existing ICAP Committees, please see https://icap.ca/communities/. August 27, 2020. ICAP’s tribute to Gabriele Scardellato (1959-2020), which not only features a brief overview of his life (by R. Perin and G. Colussi Arthur), but also two important interviews that Dr. Scardellato gave in recent years: one during a course lecture on Italians in North America at York University and the other to Heritage Toronto on the Italian Experience in which he describes his experiences as a young immigrant to British Columbia. July 17, 2020. ICAP announces the Zoom AGM only and postponement of its Showcase Conference originally scheduled for September 11-12, 2020. May 1, 2020. ICAP launches its sister site, Italian-Canadian Narratives Showcase (ICNS), hosted by the University of Guelph and overseen by one of ICAP’s most active Board Members, Dr. Sandra Parmegiani and her close collaborator, Sharon Findlay. On behalf of the Executive, may I wish everyone Happy Holidays—Joyeuses fêtes—Buone feste. May peace and serenity fill our hearts and may 2021 move us as quickly and as safely as possible, towards a Covid-free environment.
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