In 2018, we launched an interactive map for Myseum of Toronto’s third annual Intersections festival. Part of a two week collaborative exhibition with the Coptic Museum of Canada, we presented public lectures, displays, and a museum tour in celebration of the history and heritage of Canada’s Copts. The map is organized around the theme of “ecumenism” – interactions and exchanges between devotional persons in a religious setting – and follows the movements of the earliest Coptic immigrants from Egypt as they navigated Toronto in the 1960s and 1970s. We invite you to watch the public talk below and to explore the interactive map as you experience Toronto’s places of worship through the eyes of members of the first Coptic parish in North America.
Egypt Migrations (formerly the Coptic Canadian History Project) extends a special thank you to St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School, the Anglican Archives of Toronto, Father Marcos A. Marcos, and the Coptic Museum of Canada for providing archival photographs that appear in this exhibit. In addition, select photographs were located through the Toronto Reference Library’s open access digital collections and Wikimedia commons. Please enjoy the tour and comment on your experience below.