The Portuguese Canadian History Project | Projeto de História Luso-Canadiana (PCHP | PHLC) is a non-profit, community outreach initiative, started in 2008, and coordinated by Gilberto Fernandes, Susana Miranda, Raphael Costa and Emanuel Silva. We are committed to locating historical records in the hands of private individuals and organizations in the Portuguese-Canadian community, and having them placed in the care of the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, York University Libraries. Community associations, social service providers, educational centres, union locals, community press, and advocacy organizations, along with politicians, journalists, researchers, and social workers have entrusted the PCHP | PHLC with their collections.
Overall, the PCHP | PHLC works towards the democratization and dissemination of historical knowledge, as well as provide the opportunity for Canadians, especially those of Portuguese ancestry, to reflect on their individual and collective histories. We believe that historiography, even that which is produced ‘from below’, remains inaccessible to most, including those ‘ordinary’ men and women to whom it intends to provide a voice. Without dispelling the importance of the journal article or book format, we consider it imperative for the discipline of history to explore other formats in order to grant it the attention it deserves.
While the PCHP |PHLC continues to look for new archival collections, we have begun to digitize some of the material collected and develop a number of online exhibitions reflecting the historical experiences of Portuguese immigrants in Canada. The online exhibits can be seen here. The PCHP can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the archivist Anna St. Onge, at 416 736 2100 ext. 22374, email@example.com.