The PCHP | PHLC is a Toronto-based, non-profit archival outreach and public history organization, founded in 2008 by Gilberto Fernandes and Susana Miranda, and later joined by Raphael Costa and Emanuel da Silva. Our goals are to preserve the collective memory of Portuguese Canadians and democratize overall access to historical knowledge.
Since September 2009 we have partnered with the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, York University Libraries (CTASC), whose holdings we have enriched by facilitating the donation of archival records from individuals and organizations associated with Toronto’s Portuguese community. Besides preserving and digitizing these records, and making them available for consultation, the CTASC has partnered with the PCHP | PHLC in developing various public history and digital humanities initiatives, such as this one. This relationship with York University was strengthened further in November 2015, when the PCHP | PHLC became associated with its Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies.
We hope that educators, researchers, students and the general public use these tours as a tool for learning and teaching about migration, ethnicity, class, gender, linguistics, urban geography, and other social and cultural subjects pertaining to immigrants and their descendants in Canada.