History

The Average José: An Immigration Story

The Canadian artist Ken Flynn has created a 125 page graphic novel about his grandfather, José Pires, and his journey of immigrating to Canada from the Azores. The Average José: An Immigration Story, combines cartoon art, realistic sketches, and film photography to illustrate the hardships José experienced while starting a life in a new place […]

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FREE YorkU Youth Summer Program

We are thrilled to be participating in York University’s Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Studies Youth Summer Program, alongside other community partners. High school students are invited to apply to participate in this FREE week-long program, where they will have the chance to travel across Toronto to learn about and experience various aspects of Luso-Canadian culture, while being...

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Pioneer Portrait: Agostinho Malaquias

Agostinho Malaquias came to Canada aboard the Vulcania ship, arriving at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 7, 1955. He had $100 with him. Back in the town of Sobral da Lagoa, Portugal, he had left behind his parents, Maria Condessa and Antonio Malaquias, and his siblings, Antonio, Albeno, Jose, Germano, Gracenda and […]

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Pioneer Portrait: Antonio Dantas

My grandfather Antonio left Portugal to go to France to escape being enlisted in the army. To get there, he walked from our home in Rio Frio in the northern part of Portugal all the way to Paris, France. He survived by eating anything he came across, including leaves, trees and whatever animal he could […]

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All Aboard the Saturnia!

In 1953, a group of Portuguese men boarded the Saturnia ship as part of the first wave of officially sponsored immigration by the Canadian government. Here are some interesting facts that you may not have known about this 632 ft long liner: The Saturnia was built by the Italian company, Cosulich Societa Triestina di Navigazione […]

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MPP Cristina Martins’ Tribute to Antonio Sousa

“I rise today to pay tribute to Antonio Sousa, a true Portuguese pioneer and role model to all Portuguese Canadians. As the MPP for the riding of Davenport, the riding with the largest population of Portuguese Canadians in Ontario and perhaps in Canada, and as a proud member of the Portuguese community, I was fortunate […]

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Pioneer Portrait: José de Freitas

José de Freitas was born in Santa Luzia in Funchal, on May 27, 1925. He arrived in Halifax on June 2nd, 1953. His first job was picking mushrooms in Milton. Later, in Toronto, he worked in a seed factory, an iron company, a battery factory, and in bread distribution. Since he had always had white […]

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