Third Annual Coptic Canadian History Project (CCHP) Conference

“Who am I? Who are We? Family, History, and Immigrant Identities” was held Saturday, May 4th, 2019. Noted scholars representing diverse ethnic groups gathered to discuss efforts to unearth personal histories and craft contextualized research in immigration and ethnicity.

Second Annual Coptic Canadian History Project (CCHP) Conference

Focused on the theme of “Egypt’s Diasporas: Migration, Memory, and Political Activism in Canada and the United States,” the second annual CCHP conference was held on Friday and Saturday, April 13 – 14, 2018 in the Archives of Ontario.

Inaugural Coptic Canadian History Project (CCHP) Conference

Held in the Schulich Executive Learning Centre on April 6, 2017, the theme was: “Coptic Studies and the Many Meanings of ‘Diaspora’.” In addition to exciting panels from an interdisciplinary group of researchers from across North America, the conference featured a keynote address by Paul Sedra, Simon Fraser University.

Community Outreach

Mama: A Short Film by Marco Adly, Live Conversation with the Director

Mama: a short film by Marco Adly tells the story of a Coptic family in Canada during the days following the Maspero massacre and the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. In this conversation with the director, community members engage Marco in a rewarding Q&A about the process and intent of his first film.

Public Talk on August 1 at 5PM, Croatian Park, Mississauga

At the invite of the Canadian Egyptian Heritage Association, we provided a public talk on the history of Egyptian immigration to Canada and the community’s demographics and contributions.

Public Lecture on March 21 at 7PM, York University

At the invite of the Orthodox Christian Students’ Association at York University, Toronto we provided a public lecture on the experiences of Copts throughout Egypt’s twentieth century.

St. Mark’s Coptic Museum – Myseum of Toronto Intersections Festival

From March 12-24, the CCHP partnered with St. Mark’s Coptic Museum in Scarborough to share the history and culture of Canada’s Coptic communities as a part of Myseum Intersections, a city-wide festival of exhibits, events, and interactive community experiences covering a range of historic and contemporary issues.


A Journey Through Kemet, Kamitan Arts, Virtual Experience, Oct 31, 2021

A virtual cultural experience through Ancient Egypt (Kemet), organized and hosted by Kamitan Arts CIC. Held over Zoom, participants engaged in reflection and talks about Egyptian heritage and history. Dr. Michael Akladios concluded the event with a discussion of the power of building impactful archival and educational projects.

Community Collaboration Learning Series, Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto, Sept 18, 2021.

Through conversation between a community archivist and an historian, we explored some of the interconnectedness and entanglements of Egyptians within a broader network than what is seen in typical archival practices. We also learn about oral histories as a method of archiving, with an emphasis on sharing authority. Watch the full event, here.

Sixth Annual Public History Symposium, York University

The Coptic Canadian History Project was one of eight public history organizations participating in York University’s sixth annual Public History Symposium on Friday September 28, 2018.

Presentation At York University, Toronto, ON

On Saturday May 27, Michael Akladios presented on recent developments in Egypt and the future of the CCHP at “Scholarship, Activism, Public History: Celebration of the Work and Leadership of Craig Heron.”

Canadian Society for Coptic Studies, Junior Scholars Initiative, University of Toronto

On Friday April 1, 2016 Michael Akladios joined a group of junior scholars in Coptic Studies and presented on new approaches to the study of Egypt’s migrants in global perspectives.