ICAP SPRING UPDATE 2020

avril 28, 2020 at 1:36
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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Bonne année 2020!

janvier 13, 2020 at 2:36
Bonne année 2020! Comme nous l’avons récemment gazouillé, cette année marque notre 10e anniversaire. VEUILLEZ RETENIR LA DATE de notre 10e CONFÉRENCE et ASSEMBLÉE GÉNÉRALE ANNUELLE, qui se déroulera en deux parties : une réception et une exposition le jeudi 10 septembre, et notre conférence et assemblée générale le vendredi 11 septembre. Tous les détails seront publiés au printemps. Notre 9e conférence, qui s’est tenue à la fin d’octobre à l’Université Brock sous le thème de l’expérience italo-canadienne en milieu de travail, a connu un succès retentissant. Mettant en vedette l’expérience de Canadiens d’origineitalienne travaillant dans la région de Niagara,St. Catharines étant située en plein cœur de cette région, les présentations de la première soirée ont donné un aperçu des histoires déchirantes entourantla construction du canal Welland, par Arden Phair, conservateur à la retraite du Musée de St. Catharines, tirées de son travail de coauteur de l’ouvrage intitulé Triumph and Tragedy: The Welland Ship Canal, ainsi que des histoires dramatiques de ceux qui ont perdu la vie au Canada, de la collection avant-gardisteintituléeItalian Fallen Workers Memorial Project de Marino Toppan et Paola Breda, présentée par Paola Breda. Dirigée par David Sharron, responsable des archives et des collections spéciales à l’Université Brock, la session a permis d’expliquer en détail comment faire face aux défis et aux succès de la collecte, de l’archivage et de la gestion des archives et des collections spéciales. À l’heure du souper, l’orateur était Donald Ziraldo, vinificateur et homme d’affaires canadien, et membre de l’Ordre du Canada, qui a fait don de ses papiers personnels aux collections spéciales des archives de la bibliothèque de l’Université Brock. Il a parlé de sa famille d’immigrants et de ses racines en agriculture et en production de plantes dans la région de Niagara ainsi que des événements qui l’ont conduit à devenir entrepreneur, pour finalement devenir l’une des figures les plus importantes de l’histoire du vin au Canada, à qui l’on attribue la création de la première cave à vin au Canada depuis la Prohibition avec son partenaire en vinification, Karl Kaiser et, ensemble, la fondation de la cave Inniskillin dans la région de Niagara. Le samedi, notre deuxième conférencier invité et photographe de renom, Vincenzo Pietropaolo, a présenté sa collection The Italian Immigrant Experience Revealedclôturant ainsi son exposition de deux semaines à la galerie d’art visuel MIWSFPA (galerie VISA), que nous avons tous visitée. Comme c’est la pratique habituelle du ICAP, nous avons entendu des mises à jour sur les modèles d’activités et de soutien communautaires de la part des membres de notre conseil d’administration : Caterina Sotiriadis (Winnipeg) sur les progrès de son équipe dans la collecte d’enregistrements d’histoire orale et la collaboration avec les Archives du Manitoba; Nancy Marrelli (Montréal) sur son dernier travail, au Centre d’archives de la communauté italo-canadienne du Québec, hébergées à la Casa d’Italia, avec la collaboration de lastagiaire du programme Jeunesse Canada au travail; Antonella Fanella (Calgary) sur l’avancement de l’histoire orale de Gina Attanasio Bloomer, etNancy Spina (P.E.I), sur son travail d’établissement de liens avec l’Association culturelle italo-canadienne (ICCA) locale créée en 1973 et sur le succès de sa bourse d’Halifax pour un projet intitulé Italian-Canadian Women’s Voices (Voix de femmes italo-canadiennes),un recueil de dix histoires. Éminente historienne et professeure émérite, Carmela Patrias, auteure de Jobsand Justice:FightingDiscriminationinWartimeCanada1939-1945 (Emplois et justice : La lutte contre la discrimination en temps de guerre au Canada, 1939-1945), a présidé la première session de l’après-midi sur la discrimination, les accidents mortels et les conflits du travail. Matteo Brera, boursier de recherches post-doctorales, a présenté des documents du Lavoratore sur la médiation des droits des travailleurs, la politique sociale et la propagande antifasciste dans l’entre-deux-guerres au Canada (1936-1937) avec l’aide financière des Archives Clara Thomas de l’Université York; et Gilberto Fernandes, étudiant visiteur de recherchepost-doctorale auRobarts Centre for Canadian Studies de l’Université York, a présenté l’épisode 2, « The Jungle », sur le groupe syndical de Brandon et les grèves de 1960-1961, tiré de ses documentaires et de son site Web d’archives intitulé City Builders, A History of Immigrant Construction Workers in Postwar Toronto(Constructeurs urbains : Histoire des travailleurs immigrants de la construction à Toronto, après la guerre). L’après-midi a été marquée par une table ronde et la présentation de la dernière publication de Konrad Eisenbichler, membre du conseil d’administration du ICAP, intitulée Forgotten Italians: Julian-Dalmatian Writers and Artists in Canada. Ce recueil d’articles sur la communauté Giuliano-Dalmata au Canada est publié par les presses de l’Université de Toronto(2019). Après une introduction historique par Eisenbichler sur l’exil des membres de cette communauté de leurs terres natales en Istrie, à Fiume/Rijeka et en Dalmatie, et un chapitre de Rosanna Turcinovich Giuricin sur la dynamique entre esuli (exilés) et rimasti (restés), le livre présente onze articles rédigés par des universitaires du Canada, des États-Unis, d’Italie et de Croatie sur divers artistes et écrivains de la communauté Giuliano-Dalmata du Canada, tels que Mario Duliani, Gianni Angelo Grohovaz, Diego Bastianutti, Caterina Edwards, Vittorio Fiorucci et Silvia Pecota. Pour plus d’information, visiter le site https://utorontopress.com/ca/forgotten-italians-2. Le PCAI a également le plaisir d’annoncer que ses membres et collaborateurs, Marino Toppan et Paola Breda, coauteurs du Projet du monument commémoratif à la mémoire des travailleurs italiens qui ont donné leur vie(Monumento ai Caduti; http://www.monumentoaicaduti.com/) ont reçu une médaille d’or du gouvernement italien, distinction attribuée pour la première fois en dehors de l’Italie. La Medaglia d’Oro (Médaille d’or) a été remise au Fallen Workers Memorial Project italien ainsi qu’à Toppan et à Breda pour leurs recherches archivistiques novatrices sur l’immigration italo-canadienne. Enfin, le ICAP souhaite rappeler à ses lecteurs qu’une liste de collaborations (projets de recherche et autres) est disponible à l’adresse suivante : https://icap.ca/collaborations/. Voici quelques exemples des succès du ICAP en 2019 : 1) des documents désormais conservés en permanence aux Archives Clara Thomas de l’Université York, comme la collection Angelo Principe de journaux italo-canadiens, pour n’en citer qu’un; 2) le financement par le Programme pour les collectivités du patrimoine documentaire (PCPD) du gouvernement fédéral des Archives de Sarnia-Lampton (ICAP Sarnia); 3) un don privé pour l’histoire orale de Gianna Antanasio Bloomer (ICAP Calgary); 4) la nouvelle collaboration avec les Archives provinciales du Manitoba pour héberger le projet d’histoire orale en cours à Winnipeg (ICAP Manitoba); 5) la plateforme du site Web OMEKA (hébergée par l’Université de Guelph) pour héberger tous les projets liés au ICAP au Canada (p. ex. : projets d’histoire orale des étudiants, projets des communautés locales; matériel pédagogique, etc.); 6) le don du projet de Noelle Elia, la charrette et le matériel de Franco Grosso, au Musée canadien de l’histoire.
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The Italian Canadian Archives Project Ninth National Conference at Brock University

avril 10, 2019 at 6:46
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
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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