GCT - Research Project: The Future of Hellenism in Canada


Research Project: The Future of Hellenism in Canada

The Greek Community of Toronto is pleased to announce that we will be working on a Research Project (RP), concerning Hellenism in Canada, entitled "The Future of Hellenism in Canada".

A. Objectives

The aims and objectives of the Research Project are twofold:
1. To investigate, document, analyze and fully understand, the social, economic, historical and cultural aspects of Canadians of Hellenic descent.
2. To apply the aforementioned knowledge and understanding in the formulation of appropriate policies which will support the diversity of Greek Canadian cultural identities, especially in 2nd, 3rd and 4th generations of Hellenes.
This research project will help fill in a vacuum in the specific area of researching and documenting the Greek Canadian way of life, and it will help the Greek Diaspora to retain some aspects of Hellenic culture and to strengthen, if possible, their relationship to the national centre.

B. The Reason

There is a lack of current research and existing studies on Hellenism in Canada, which focus on the issues proposed in the present research project. Studies on Hellenism are fewer and less comprehensive than studies of other ethno-cultural groups, making the necessary comparative analyses difficult. Some of the existing research is outdated, and it deals primarily with first generation immigrants.

C. Procedure

In order to achieve our goals, it is critical that we start working on this task with a clear understanding of all related issues, and their respective problems and challenges, as well as of the procedural difficulties of the task at hand. It is imperative that we identify, analyze and evaluate the historical changes that have taken place within the Hellenic Community of Canada, as well as in within the wider Canadian Community. Especially, in the 20th century, Canadians of Greek descent worked systematically to establish the means and institutions, which enabled them to transmit Greek culture, and to gauge the impact and the degree of acceptance of Greek culture among 2nd and 3rd generation Greek-Canadians. The proposed research will provide policy makers with the information, data and knowledge that are currently lacking, and a theoretical framework which will assist them in the process of formulating policies, which promote the stated general objectives.

D. Our Vision

We strongly believe that in order to maintain a vibrant Hellenic Element in Canada’s Diverse Societal fabric, it is imperative to create an Archive of the Hellenes in Canada. This Archive will be the Human Record for Greeks in Canada, and it is something that is gravely missing from our institutions. Specifically, in this Archive we will record and document the following:
•Greek-Canadian entities (secular, religious, professional, student etc.);
•Information on the population of Hellenes in Canada (current, historically by year, distribution by province, gender, income, education, etc.);
•Professionals, companies, artists, novelists, poets (publish, if possible, their works), musicians, newspapers, radio stations, TV channels;
•Narratives from the first Greeks who emigrated to Canada: traditions, how they lived, organized, celebrated, mourned;
• Ideas, proposals, experiences and opinions about being the future of Hellenism in Canada, from 2nd, 3rd and 4th generations of Canadians of Hellenic descent (through questionnaires & focus groups).

E. Advocacy and Volunteerism

A project of this magnitude and importance concerns everyone Greek living in Canada. We hope and expect our vision to document our History will inspire policy makers in the near future, and it will empower a large number of Canadians of Hellenic descent to actively participate in the process. We welcome you all to participate in this journey of Greek Canadian History. In the coming weeks, we will provide to the public more information regarding the Research Project. We would like to point out that participation does not require a significant commitment or a heavy workload.

For more information and details or for ways you can help with the Research Program:

Contact

Research email: hellenismincanadarp@gmail.com
Greek Community of Toronto email: education@greekcommunity.org
Tel: 416-659-7263 (Dr. Hristos Verikukis, PhD)
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