A Scattering of Seeds: The Creation of Canada
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Sleight of Hand: Legacy

Henry Formosa, President of the Maltese Canadian Federation, refers to the Maltese in Canada as ‘the invisible minority'. Even their last names do not identify them as being Maltese. The influence of Italian, Arabic and French on the Maltese Culture has taken away any identifying traits to the family names.12 In Canada, the Maltese have come a long way from the lightly-clothed immigrants who arrived on our shores nearly one hundred years ago. They have entered the main stream of Canadian society, becoming Members of Parliament, lawyers, doctors and artists. This ‘invisible minority' becomes visible on days of celebration and festivals, which are held in their communities across Canada. One example is Malta Day in Toronto, which is held on September 10 each year, to commemorate the two great sieges of Malta: 1565, and 1939-45. On November 5, there is Maltese Remembrance Day, when Malta Veterans march. There are festivals throughout the summer season featuring the Maltese Band, Miss Malta Contest and the Feast of St. Mary at St. Paul the Apostle Church, which remains the centre of the Maltese community if not physically, then spiritually and culturally.

There have been a lot of changes since John Giordmaine arrived in 1919, but as John proved, quiet determination and belief in a dream can add greatly to the tapestry known as Canada.

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