Site launch – Movimento Perpétuo: The Portuguese Diaspora in Canada

1st June 2023
09:00 am

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of Portugal-Canada diplomatic relations (1952-2022) and the beginning of Portuguese mass immigration to Canada (1953-2023), and to mark the beginning of Portuguese Heritage Month in Canada, the Embassy of Portugal in Canada, the Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, with support from the Labourers’ International Union of North America Local 183, are proud to launch the companion website for the exhibition Movimento Perpétuo: The Portuguese Diaspora in Canada, produced by Tempo Historical Consulting. This website supports the digital elements of the physical exhibition that will be on display at Toronto Metro Hall between September 11 and 22. It is also the legacy piece of this project that will remain as a valuable resource for educators, students, researchers, journalists, creators, and members of the general public in Canada, Portugal, and across the Portuguese diaspora.

The website features:

  • 70 individual profiles of Portuguese-Canadian individuals and organizations in Ontario and Quebec;
  • over 80 artifacts (many of them made into 3D digital objects) crowdsourced from Portuguese-Canadian community members;
  • 15 annotated virtual reality tours of locations in Toronto, Guelph, Caledon, and Montreal;
  • 75 short documentaries from the RTPi show Hora dos Portugueses, the National Film Board, and other sources;
  • a comprehensive illustrated timeline of Portuguese-Canadian, Canadian, and Portuguese history with 310 entries;
  • multiple videos made by community members and submitted by Portuguese-Canadian students;
  • multiple audio recordings from interviews with the participants;
  • selections of historical records from the Portuguese Canadian History Project’s collections at the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, York University Libraries; the archives of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and community partners.
  • …and more to come.