Building Calgary Communities

New Program!

 

Chinook Country Historical Society (CCHS) and the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners (CALL) are launching a new series of presentations that will highlight the contribution of the many ethnic groups that comprise our city today. Entitled “Building Calgary Communities”, the series will explore the pioneers that came to Calgary to build a new life while enriching our city with the culture of their homeland.


Our objective is to highlight the individuals from these communities that brought their pioneering spirit along with their traditions and beliefs. Why did they come here? What have they contributed to our community? How did they make it easier for others to follow in their footsteps? What imprint has this community left on our city and province?


The monthly series will launch at 1 pm on October 5, 2018 with a presentation by Michael Hawley entitled “Sikh Pioneers in Calgary.” 


The events will be held at cSPACE King Edward at 1721 29 Avenue SW. Future events will generally be held on the first Friday of each month, with the exception of January, July and August.


Free for CALL and CCHS members, $5 charge at door for non-members. No registration required.

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Schedule of Events

October

Sikhs Settlers and Sojourners 

Dr. Michael Hawley, Mount Royal University.

October 5, 2018

1pm @ cSpace King Edward

1721 -29 Avenue SW

Members Free; Non-members $5.


Sikhs Settlers and Sojourners is an introduction to the Sikh pioneers who made their way to southern Alberta in the early part of the 20th century.  Sikhs have settled here for over a century.  Yet their story has been overlooked and largely undocumented … until now.  This presentation offers a glimpse into some of the documents, photographs, and personalities of early Sikh arrivals in the province.

November

Secrets of Calgary’s Chinatown

Alice Lam, Michael Lee, Patrick Teoh

November 2, 2018

1 pm @ cSpace King Edward

1721 - 29 Avenue SW

Members Free; Non-members $5


How did Calgary’s Chinatown get here? It took years of hard work, collaboration and perseverance. Facing many different roadblocks, come to listen to how the Chinesse community overcame barriers and developed what is know as Calgary’s 3rd Chinatown and how many groups in Chinatown are working hard to ensure it legacy is preserved for years to come.

December

New Immigrant Stories

Rebeca Andrada, Outreach Coordinator with Immigrant Services Calgary

December 7, 2018

1 pm @ cSpace King Edward

1721 - 29 Avenue SW

Members Free; Non-members $5

People have been settling in Calgary for almost 150 years.  For over 40 years Immigrant Services Calgary has been providing a wide range of settlement services to immigrants and refugees looking to begin a new chapter of their lives in Canada. Come hear more about the agency and the individuals and families it serves.  Listen to the stories of some of Calgary’s newest immigrants.

Rebeca Andrada, Outreach Coordinator with Immigrant Services Calgary, will talk about the history of her agency, describe the services available to immigrants and refugees and explain how the system works.  She’ll bring recent clients who will tell their stories of coming to Calgary, of seeking a new beginning and of making a better life for themselves.

March

The History of Calgary’s Jewish Community

Harry Sanders

March 1, 2019 1 pm @ cSpace King Edward 1721 - 29 Avenue SW Members Free; Non-members $5  

Like other Calgarians of diverse backgrounds, Jews have made notable contributions to city life.  Though no more than two per cent of Calgary's population at its peak (one in 50 Calgarians was Jewish in the 1921 and 1941 census years), the community and its members have engaged as fully as possible with the broader population through business, arts and culture, military service, politics, public school, and membership in service organizations.  Join historian Harry Sanders, a board member of the Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta, for an illustrated talk on the history of Jewish Calgary. 

April

Italian Immigration to Calgary, 1900 - 1970
Antonella Fanella
April 5, 2019
1 pm @ cSpace King Edward
1721 - 29 Avenue SW
Members Free; Non-members $5


Details Coming Soon

May

Calgary’s German Russian Community
Marlene Michel
May 3, 2019
1 pm @ cSpace King Edward
1721 - 29 Avenue SW
Members Free; Non-members $5


Details Coming Soon

June

A Story from Calgary’s Sudanese Community 
Amal Madibbo
June 7, 2019
1 pm @ cSpace King Edward
1721 - 29 Avenue SW
Members Free; Non-members $5


Details Coming Soon

July

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August

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