My new research/ public history project: City Builders: An Oral History of Immigrant Construction Workers in Postwar Toronto

Website photos 1Last September, I started a new research and public history project called City Builders: An Oral History of Immigrant Construction Workers in Postwar Toronto, associated with York University’s Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies and the Laborers International Union of North America Local 183. This project will record, examine, and divulge the history of Toronto’s immigrant construction workers after the Second World War. It will do so by gathering extensive qualitative information through filmed oral history interviews, by photographing the participants’ personal records and artifacts, and by conducting extensive research in Toronto’s archives. I will be leading a team of researchers (including York students) and filmmakers, who will interview forty retired members of Local 183, focusing on their goals, struggles, achievements, and thoughts on immigration, construction work, labour organization, Toronto, and other topics of significance. With these materials, we will produce forty short videos and one 15-minute documentary that will be featured in a multimedia exhibition. The exhibit’s launch and the screening of the documentary will coincide with the 2018 Avie Bennett Conference at York University, taking place on September 2018. All of the materials gathered and produced by this project will be donated to the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, York University Libraries, once the project is completed.

You can read the article that York University’s YFile newsletter published about it here. And find more information about the project in the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies website here.

“Summer of ’77”: thank you note.

 

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We had lots of news coverage, including Laura Fraser’s story on CBC.ca – today’s editors pick – and CBC Radio, with contributions from some of our panelists.

In case you missed our roundtable discussion last night, you can watch the live recording on the Gallery of the Portuguese Pioneers’ Facebook page (apologies for the technical difficulties). The audio recording of the presentations will be made available on ActiveHistory.ca at a later date.

Follow or contact the presenters Gilberto FernandesDaniel RossTom Hooper, and Valerie Scott for more information on their research and advocacy.

Reportagem sobre o passeio histórico do PCHP | PHLC na RTPi/OMNI TV

O magazine comunitário Canadá Contacto, co-produzido pela RTPi (Lisboa) e a OMNI TV (Toronto) fez uma reportagem sobre o passeio histórico realizado pelo Projeto de História Luso-Canadiana e a Heritage Toronto no dia 7 de junho em Toronto. Siga o link em baixo para visionar o episódio.

The weekly show Canadá Contacto, co-produced by RTP International (Lisbon) and OMNI TV (Toronto), featured the Heritage Toronto walk organized by the Portuguese Canadian History Project on June 7, 2014, in Toronto. Follow the link below to watch the episode.

Canadá Contacto, Junho 27, 2014 (minute 16)