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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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Pioneer Portrait: Zália Ribau

Zália Anita Lopes Ribau was born in Portugal in the village of Glória (district of Aveiro) on November 25, 1956. She came to Canada with her parents and sister on May 17, 1964 and settled in Toronto. From a very young age, Zália was in love with the arts. She completed Fashion and Knitting diplomas from Sheridan College, and then went […]

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Pioneer Portrait: Melba Dias Costa, a primeira médica portuguesa no Canadá

Melba Costa foi a primeira médica portuguesa no Canadá assim como, anteriormente, em Angola. Nascida em Lourenço Marques, Moçambique (actual Maputo), a Dra. Costa formou-se pela Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa em 1940. Tornou-se assistente do Professor Gentil, fundador do Instituto Português de Oncologia, na altura, um dos mais avançados centros de pesquisa do mundo […]

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Estereótipos Atribuidos a Portugueses

Vivendo como um imigrante no Canadá ou ser filho de pais Portugueses, vemos e retratamos estereótipos associados a Luso-Canadianos. O seguinte são alguns estereótipos frequentemente associados com os Portugueses: Que nós só comemos papo secos, queijadas de nata, rissóis, bacalhau e caldo verde com cerveja ou vinho tinto. Que os domingos estão reservados para ir a missa e […]

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Pioneer Portrait: Maria Lucinda Sias Aurélio

Na meninice sonhou ser cabeleireira e torno-o realidade. Maria Lucinda Sias Aurélio nasceu em 26 de Setembro de 1948, no Crato, Alentejo. Fez a escola primária na Escola do Crato. Desde muito nova, começou a “treinar” na arte de pentear, na cabeça de seu pai, Nicolau Sias. Paralelamente, fazia a sua aprendizagem num cabeleireiro do […]

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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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