The Coptic Canadian History Project (CCHP) is a non-profit community outreach organization that intends to bridge the gap between public archives, immigrant communities, and academic scholars. It aims to identify, archive, digitize, preserve, and provide free access to source materials that reflect the knowledge, collective memory, and experiences of Egypt’s Coptic population, Coptic immigrants in Canada, and their descendants. We hope to raise the profile of Coptic Canadians, highlight their diverse identities and experiences, and ensure that their legacy carries well into the future.
The CCHP facilitates archival donations of personal and institutional records to the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, York University Libraries. Details on recent donations and how to access them may be found here. We welcome new donors and encourage you contact us at theCCHP@gmail.com with any questions.
Our inaugural digital exhibit is an interactive map following the movements and interactions of the earliest Coptic Christian immigrants as they navigated Toronto’s places of worship. We were delighted to launch this spatial representation at Myseum of Toronto’s third annual Intersections Festival.
In Spring 2018, the CCHP partnered with St. Mark’s Coptic Museum to hold an exhibition for Myseum of Toronto’s third annual Intersections Festival (March) and hosted the second annual Coptic Canadian History Project Conference at the Archives of Ontario (April). More coming soon!