ICAP SPRING UPDATE 2020

aprile 28, 2020 at 1:36 pm
Dear ICAP Members and Supporters, Given the uncertainty that the COVID19 pandemic has created, the 10th anniversary Conference Showcase will be postponed until September 2021. However, plans for a virtual AGM are expected to proceed and news will follow. ICAP has endeavored to complete very important work during the last ten years; slowly, but surely. It has brought together communities, individuals, and experts as part of an effort to secure the Italian-Canadian contribution to Canada’s narrative, past and present. Via ICAP’s website (icap.ca), we continue moving forward with projects in our local ICAP Communities and consolidating our online presence. Moving forward, ICAP is pleased to announce the May 1st launch of our sister site, namely, the Italian-Canadian Narratives Showcase (ICNS), that will be available directly from ICAP’s homepage. This platform will showcase a variety of projects completed by our ICAP communities, collaborators, and members. A few projects will be available for viewing initially and this will grow. For those who wish to undertake new projects, ICAP is currently finalizing all pertinent details for vetting; to be made available by clicking on TOOLKIT. There you will find information on how to collect and organize relevant documents; how to record stories via social media devices and more; then, where to send for final review and approval on the site. The ICNS Advisory Board comprised of ICAP Board Members, affiliated experts, and volunteers will provide feedback concerning submissions. So, please renew or become an ICAP member as soon as possible. During COVID19, undertaking a small project with friends and family or among the members of your ICAP committee will keep you active, invigorate your days and ensure that we keep on course for documenting the Italian-Canadian contribution to Canada’s narrative, past and present. To contact us, please write to icap@icap.ca. ANNOUNCEMENTS & SUCCESSES New publication. Foodways Worldwide: The Dispersal of Italian Cuisine; edited by Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano and Gabriele Scardellato; published by Soleil Publishing (Welland, ON), 2019. ICAP collaborator, Ontario Historical Society launches the Ontario History Journal Digital Archive, the largest collection of articles on Ontario's History.  For information see: https://ontariohistoricalsociety.ca/ontario-history-journal/. For access to back issues, see: https://ontariohistoricalsociety.ca/back-issues/ From ICAP London. On March 4th, 2020, ICAP London hosted author Nino Ricci, author of award-winning novel The Origin of Species and of the Lives of the Saints trilogy, the latter adapted as a miniseries starring Sophia Loren. To begin proceedings, three local community members spoke briefly, each recounting some interesting episodes of their lives. The author then took the stage and spoke to community members and students about how his trilogy, of which Lives of the Saints is the first volume, was born from a series of meetings and interviews with Italians who had settled in Canada. This event took place as a complement to the "Stories of Italian-Canadians" course at Western University and was the last such student and community event possible prior to the pandemic emergency measures taken in Ontario.
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Buon anno 2020!

gennaio 13, 2020 at 2:36 pm
Buon anno 2020! Come abbiamo twittato di recente, quest'anno ricorre il nostro 10° anniversario. PER FAVORE SEGNATEVI LA DATA del nostro 10° CONGRESSO & INCONTRO ANNUALE (AGM), che sarà diviso in due sessioni: Ricevimento & Presentazione giovedì 10 settembre - Congresso & Incontro annuale venerdì 11 settembre. Tutti i dettagli saranno resi noti in primavera. Il nostro 9° convegno di fine ottobre alla Brock University, dedicato al tema dell'esperienza italo-canadese sul posto di lavoro, è stato un grandissimo successo. Partendo dalle esperienze sul posto di lavoro dei lavoratori italo-canadesi della regione del Niagara, con al centro St. Catharines, la prima serata di lavori comprendeva un’introduzione alle storie strazianti che hanno accompagnato la costruzione del canale Welland, raccontate da Arden Phair, curatore in pensione del Museo di St. Catharines, tratte dal suo lavoro di coautore dell’ opera intitolata Triumph and Tragedy: The Welland Ship Canal; inoltre; per le storie drammatiche di coloro che hanno perso la vita in Canada, fondamentale e innovativa è stata la collezione intitolata “Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Project” di Marino Toppan e Paola Breda, presentata dalla stessa Paola Breda. Guidata da David Sharron, Responsabile degli Archivi e delle Collezioni Speciali della Brock University, la sessione ha illustrato in modo straordinario come affrontare le sfide e i successi della raccolta di dati, del lavoro e della gestione di archivi e collezioni speciali. L'oratore della cena è stato Donald Ziraldo, viticoltore e uomo d'affari canadese; membro dell'Ordine del Canada, che ha donato le sue carte personali alle Collezioni Speciali della Brock University Library Archives. Ziraldo ha raccontato della propria famiglia immigrata, parlando delle radici agricole e vivaistiche della regione del Niagara, e degli eventi che lo hanno portato a divenire un imprenditore, e, successivamente, una delle figure più importanti nella storia della produzione vinicola canadese; a Ziraldo è stato attribuito il merito di aver dato vita alla prima azienda vinicola del Canada dopo il Proibizionismo, insieme al suo socio nella produzione di vino, Karl Kaiser con il quale ha fondato la Inniskillin Winery del Niagara. Nella giornata di sabato, il nostro secondo relatore ospite, il famoso fotografo Vincenzo Pietropaolo, ha presentato la sua collezione “The Italian Immigrant Experience Revealed”, concludendo la mostra della durata di due settimane tenutasi nella Galleria d'Arte Visiva del MIWSFPA (VISA Gallery), che tutti noi abbiamo visitato. Come è prassi abituale del ICAP, siamo stati aggiornati da parte dei membri del nostro consiglio Direttivo sui Modelli di Attività e Sostegno alla Comunità; da Caterina Sotiriadis (Winnipeg), sui progressi della sua squadra nella raccolta di registrazioni di storia orale in collaborazione con gli Archivi del Manitoba; da Nancy Marrelli (Montreal) sul suo ultimo lavoro presso l'Archivio Italo-Canadese del Quebec, ospitato da Casa d'Italia e assistito con ottimi risultati da uno stagista del programma Young Canada Works; da Antonella Fanella (Calgary) sui progressi della storia orale di Gina Attanasio Bloomer e da Nancy Spina (P.E.I.) sul suo lavoro per stabilire legami con la locale Associazione Culturale Italo Canadese (ICCA) fondata nel 1973 e sul successo della sua borsa di studio di Halifax su un progetto intitolato “Italian-Canadian Women's Voices”, una raccolta di dieci storie. Eminente storica e Professore Emerito, Carmela Patrias, autrice di Jobs and Justice:Fighting Discrimination in Wartime Canada, 1939-1945, ha presieduto la prima sessione pomeridiana dedicata alla discriminazione, agli incidenti mortali e ai dibattiti sul lavoro. Matteo Brera, ricercatore di Post-dottorato, ha presentato documenti da Il Lavoratore sul tema Mediatizing Workers’ Rights, Social Politics and Anti-Fascist Propaganda in Inter-War Canada (1936-1937) utilizzando i fondi degli Archivi Clara Thomas della York University; e Gilberto Fernandes, ricercatore di post-dottorato in visita presso il Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University, ha presentato Episodio 2, "The Jungle" sul Gruppo sindacale Brandon e gli scioperi del 1960-1961 tratto dai suoi documentari e dal sito archivistico www.toronto-city-builders.org (City Builders, a history of Immigrant Construction Workers in Postwart Toronto). Il pomeriggio è stato caratterizzato da una tavola rotonda e dalla presentazione dell'ultima pubblicazione di Konrad Eisenbichler, uno dei membri del Consiglio Direttivo del ICAP, dal titolo Forgotten Italians: Julian-Dalmatian Writers and Artists in Canada, una raccolta di articoli sulla comunità Giuliano-Dalmata in Canada pubblicata dalla University of Toronto Press (2019). Dopo un'introduzione storica di Eisenbichler sull'esilio di questa comunità dalla sua terra d'origine in Istria, Fiume/Rijeka e Dalmazia e un capitolo di Rosanna Turcinovich Giuricin sulle dinamiche tra esuli e coloro che sono rimasti, il libro presenta undici articoli di studiosi dal Canada, dagli Stati Uniti, dall'Italia e dalla Croazia su vari artisti e scrittori della comunità Giuliano-Dalmata in Canada come Mario Duliani, Gianni Angelo Grohovaz, Diego Bastianutti, Caterina Edwards, Vittorio Fiorucci e Silvia Pecota. Per ulteriori informazioni vai a: https://utorontopress.com/ca/forgotten-italians-2 Il ICAP è inoltre lieto di annunciare che i suoi soci e collaboratori Marino Toppan e Paola Breda, coautori del ‘Fallen Workers Memorial Project’ (Monumento ai Caduti; http://www.monumentoaicaduti.com/), sono stati premiati dal Governo italiano con la Medaglia d'Oro, un premio assegnato per la prima volta in assoluto fuori dall'Italia. La Medaglia d'Oro è stata consegnata al ‘Fallen Workers Memorial Project’ italiano e a Toppan e Breda per la loro innovativa ricerca d'archivio sull'immigrazione italo-canadese. Infine,ultima notizia, ma di non minore importanza, il ICAP desidera ricordare ai nostri lettori che una lista di collaborazioni (progetti di ricerca e simili) si trova seguendo il link https://icap.ca/collaborations/. Tra gli esempi di ciò che il ICAP ha portato a termine nel 2019 possiamo citare: (1) i materiali ora conservati in via definitiva presso l'Archivio Clara Thomas della York University, quale la collezione Angelo Principe di giornali italo-canadesi, tanto per citarne uno; (2) i finanziamenti del governo federale (DHCP) per l'Archivio Sarnia-Lampton (ICAP Sarnia); (3) la donazione privata per la storia orale di Gianna Antanasio Bloomer (ICAP Calgary); (4) la nuova collaborazione con l'Archivio Provinciale del Manitoba per ospitare il progetto di storia orale in corso a Winnipeg (ICAP Manitoba); (5) la piattaforma web OMEKA (ospitata dall'Università di Guelph) per raccogliere tutti i progetti relativi al ICAP in Canada (ad esempio, progetti di storia orale degli studenti, progetti delle comunità locali, materiale didattico e altro ancora); (6) la donazione del progetto di Noelle Elia, del carretto di Franco Grosso e di altri materiali al Museo di Storia Canadese.
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The Italian Canadian Archives Project Ninth National Conference at Brock University

aprile 10, 2019 at 6:46 pm
ICAP has been slowly growing its community network across Canada, with Alberta and Manitoba creating their own ICAP committees in 2018 and the University of Calgary in collaboration with the Calgary Italian Club co-hosting an extraordinarily successful 8th conference, August 24-26, 2018, on the theme of Italian-Canadian Experiences: Today’s Legacy, Strengths and Risks. We invite you to read the conference summary at https://icap.ca/conferences/. Continuing on the strength of all its previous conferences, ICAP is now pleased to announce its Call for Presentations (CFP) for the 9th annual conference and AGM, to be held in St. Catharines, Ontario on October 25th-26th, 2019, hosted by the Brock University on the theme of Italian-Canadian Experiences in Canada’s Work Force. Presentations focusing on industrialization and contributions by Italians in the Niagara Region will be given special consideration. The 9th Conference plans to feature the history and the many contributions of the Italian worker to their local communities and in particular, to the Niagara Region. Archival evidence (such as letters, family photographs) of Italians in Canada during any of the waves of immigration that demonstrate their contributions to industrial projects, loss of work during WWII, or as fallen workers are welcome. We invite all those with interest and evidence of Italian immigration and work experience in Ontario and across Canada—students, local community groups, artists, authors, poets, archivists and academics alike—to participate actively and share their perspectives and stories. 9th annual CFP—click here.
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University of Calgary and Glenbow announce historic initiative

novembre 23, 2018 at 8:00 pm
University of Calgary and Glenbow announce historic initiative Glenbow Western Research Centre at the University of Calgary will increase access, teaching and research opportunities for students, academics and the public The Glenbow Western Research Centre at the University of Calgary will be housed in the Taylor Family Digital Library. University of Calgary photo The Glenbow Western Research Centre at the University of Calgary will be housed in the Taylor Family Digital Library. University of Calgary photo By University Relations Staff November 14, 2018 Two of western Canada’s leading learning institutions are creating an innovative approach to community-based research: the Glenbow Western Research Centre at the University of Calgary. Over the next two years, Glenbow’s Library and Archives will be relocated to the University of Calgary to provide the widest possible access to this remarkable collection. “This initiative will provide new opportunities for students, scholars and the public to access the historic Glenbow collections by housing them within our university’s archives,” said UCalgary President Elizabeth Cannon. “The Glenbow collections will elevate the University of Calgary’s Libraries and Cultural Resources, providing enhanced engagement with teaching, research and public interest in Western Canada.” This move to the university, for a 99-year period, closely aligns Glenbow’s collections with teaching and learning, and research interests at UCalgary. The relocation gives students easy access to another world-class collection and will benefit students in a wide range of disciplines including: local, regional and provincial history; social studies; cultural and social history; religious studies; geography; political science; military history and artifacts; and agriculture. “We are excited about this collaboration and the prominence the university is placing on these important research materials,” says Glenbow Board Chair Irfhan Rawji. “The university will be able to ensure greater public and academic access than Glenbow is currently able to provide. By leveraging this new space at the university to feature part of Glenbow’s collection, we can focus on ensuring other impressive aspects of our collection – such as our vast array of contemporary and historical art – have more room to be displayed in our building for the public to enjoy.” The collections include provincially owned archives currently held by Glenbow and stewarded in accordance with existing standards that Glenbow is responsible for providing under the Glenbow-Alberta Institute Act and its service agreement with the Province. The Province of Alberta has approved the relocation agreement. “The Glenbow Western Research Centre will ensure the long-term conservation of – and expanded public access to – these valuable records that help tell our shared stories and history,” said Ricardo Miranda, minister of culture and tourism for the Government of Alberta. “I support this initiative because it supports our government’s efforts to further enhance Alberta’s archives.” The addition of the Glenbow collections to the University of Calgary is made possible through the generous support of the Calgary community. Bill Siebens and family are providing support integral to the relocation. Other donors, passionate about preserving Western Canadian history and culture, may contribute to support the relocation of the collections to the university and their ongoing stewardship. “We were inspired to make this significant gift as we believe it is critical to preserve the valuable records and artifacts that illustrate who we are as Albertans; who we are as Western Canadians. With society moving at such an incredible pace, and with technology changing before our eyes, we felt a responsibility to preserve that which came before us so that future generations can explore, and learn from, the rich lessons of the past,” said Bill Siebens. “The cultural resources contained in the library and archives are treasured stories of families, of commerce, of struggle – all woven in with the innovation and progress that brought us to where we are today. We are proud that the centre will serve as an invaluable resource for students, faculty, researchers and the general public. We know that its vast archival holdings will help inform future decision-making related to all facets of community life.” The Glenbow Western Research Centre will be located in the Taylor Family Digital Library and the collections will be stewarded by experts in UCalgary’s Libraries and Cultural Resources. The transition will take place over the next two years, beginning in January 2019, with the new location expected to open in the fall of 2019. Details on the relocation will be available atucalgary.ca/glenbow to ensure smooth transition and clear access to materials. The Siebens family contribution is part of the university’s ongoing fundraising campaign, Energize: The Campaign for Eyes High. The campaign is currently at $1.126 billion towards its overall goal of $1.3 billion. About Energize: The Campaign for Eyes High Energize: The Campaign for Eyes High is the University of Calgary’s most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history. Funds raised through the campaign will support student experiences, research outcomes and community connections. Together we are fueling transformational change for the University of Calgary, our city, and beyond — inspiring discovery, creativity and innovation for generations to come. Formally launched in April 2016, the campaign is more than two thirds to its overall goal of $1.3 billion.
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