Welcome back to our very special episode of the Coptic Canadian History Project’s Podcast. At the CCHP, we promote the history and collective memory of ‘ordinary’ Coptic Canadians. As such, we are delighted to bring you a conversation between five university women about their experiences in Toronto’s Coptic communities.
In this two-part episode, CCHP intern Meray Metias facilitates the conversation as she and her friends, who chose to remain anonymous, discuss their varied experiences in multicultural Toronto. They tackle how they navigate their gender within the Church; how they negotiate their multiple identities within family, community, and social circles; and, they share their thoughts on how Coptic churches can maintain a relationship with Coptic Canadian youth. At the heart of their stories of adaptation, lay a common inter-generational struggle as immigrants and their children work to strike a balance between two worlds. Rather than the stuffy formalism of a Q&A interview, this conversation brings together the unique perspectives of Canadian born or raised women in the Coptic Church who candidly offer their opinions of life as descendants of Egyptian immigrants.
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Meray Metias is a fourth-year History and French Studies student at York University, Glendon Campus. Over the past few months, she has interned at the Coptic Canadian History Project and aided in cataloguing a collection of donated archival material at the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, York University Libraries. Meray is interested in Egyptology as well as the history of the Coptic Church, particularly the history of women within the Church.