Archival Research of Italian-Canadian Immigration and Culture

Donald Ziraldo
Co-founder of Inniskillin Winery

Archival Research of Italian-Canadian Immigration and Culture (founded in September 2019) represents biannual projects by undergraduate students of University College at the University of Toronto and Brock University.

Students research national, provincial, and local city archives to learn more about Italian immigration to Canada, Italian heritage and traditions, and Italian-Canadian Contributions. The projects are initiated in Italian Canadian Studies courses taught by Dr. Teresa Russo and culminates into an undergraduate conference presentation at the end of each term. A selection of the academic posters (with student permissions) are published here as contribution of Italian-Canadian Narratives. The publication of these academic posters inaugurated with the Ninth Annual ICAP Conference at Brock University.

Italians on the Frontiers, October 2019

Brock University and University College projects at ICAP Conference – Inaugural issue

Description: Italians on the Frontiers was an undergraduate panel at the Italian Canadian Archives Project 9th Annual Conference (October 25-26, 2019) at Brock University where students presented their research from the Italian Canadian Studies courses offered at Brock University and University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Teresa Russo. Academic posters were printed by Vaughan Capital and displayed throughout the conference while some students were present at the conference to discuss their academic posters and research.

Italian Fallen Workers, April 2020

University College Undergraduate Conference on April 1

Description: Italian Fallen Workers was the new theme for Italian Canadian Studies in 2020 at University College of the University of Toronto where Dr. Teresa Russo invited Paola Breda and Marino Toppan as guest speakers on the topic of fallen workers. Breda and Toppan presented their seminal research, following their publication of Land of Triumph and Tragedy: Voices of the Italian Fallen Workers. Their presentation led to UC students returning to the archives to research the industries in which Italians loss their lives while building Canada from 1900-1990. The academic posters were presented in live stream format on April 1, 2020.