Where did they come from? When? Why did they leave a country
known for its beauty? What trades did they bring with them? Why
Canada — so cold, so different from their homeland? How did they
build a new life in this new land?
There are so many stories to tell. Each
immigrant has a story as unique as the key to his or her family
home. Guided by the values they hold dear, each has followed a
unique path in pursuit of dreams and aspirations, taking chances
and experiencing success and failure along the way.
A profile drawn from such a wealth of stories may be a simplification,
but it does provide some points of reference.
It can help us understand why, over the course of a century, half
a million people from rural Italy came to Canada, a country that
had entered the modern age. What it meant to them ... and to us.
Date Created: October 22, 2004 | Last Updated: June 18, 2010