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Italian-Canadian Experiences. Today’s Legacy: Strengths and Risks

Date & Time:
August 24, 2018 - 9:00 am to August 25, 2018 - 5:00 pm

ICAP is holding its 8th ANNUAL CONFERENCE at the University of Calgary on August 24-25, 2018.
The general theme of the Calgary conference is “Italian-Canadian Experiences. Today’s Legacy: Strengths and Risks. Papers focusing on Historical Alberta and Southern British Columbia will be given special consideration.
ICAP’s 8th conference is a unique opportunity to feature the history and the many contributions of the Italian community in Calgary. Beginning in the later 1800s as a collection of Italian labourers who came to build the railroad and to mine, the 1911 Census shows that 112 Italians were living in Calgary (Riverside). Although immigration stopped around 1924, the community grew over the decades, ebbing and flowing with job seekers moving back and forth between Calgary and the Crowsnest Pass area. After WWII, the Calgary Italian-Canadian community of 700 sponsored relatives into a swelling Riverside, Bridgeland and beyond. The challenge for the broader Calgary Italian-Canadian community today is how to identify and secure this past as a contribution to Canada’s story and Calgary’s future.

A great program has been lined up for the conference, which is free and will be held in Bridgeland at the Calgary Italian Cultural Centre on Friday, August 24 and at the University of Calgary on Saturday, August 25, 2018.

A pre-tour of SW Alberta and SE B.C. will begin on August 20. With private tours of museums, the pre-tour will stop in those places where Italians made an impact. It is not too late to register, if you are interested. Please go to the ICAP 2018 Conference website.

The Conference starts at 3pm on Friday at the Italian Club.  A dinner is also being planned at the Calgary Italian Cultural Centre on Friday, August 24 for families and friends to enjoy themselves. For only $50 you can enjoy a great meal and evening. There will be a photo presentation by Harry Sanders of the Historical Society of Alberta. His theme is "Historic Bridgeland and Riverside: Home to Early Italian Immigrants".

Conference program   |   Registration for the conference and/or dinner

Pre-Conference Tour and Travel Packages can be viewed on the ICAP website.