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EPISODE 31: "Century Man:
The Father Salamis Story"
Directed by Stavros Stavrides
Father Nicholas Salamis was
born into poverty on the Greek Island of Samos. He came to Canada at the
age of 19, settling in Montréal. Despite becoming established as
a bookkeeper, he felt that economic success was not enough. Salamis returned
to Athens where he studied to become a Greek Orthodox Priest. In 1938,
he was ordained and returned to Canada. After a seven year stint in Toronto,
he moved back to Montréal. For the next 45 years, Father Salamis
was the parish priest for four generations of Greek Canadians, watching
over them as his community developed from new immigrants to important
members of the tapestry called Canada.
- The importance of community
to many immigrant groups.
- What were the factors leading
to the great increase in the number of Greek immigrants to Canada in
the 19th century ?
- What role did the Church
play in the Greek community ?
- Who were the displaced persons
- Greek Orthodox Church
- Monarchists and Democrats
- Civil War
- Displaced Persons
- To explore the reasons that
people emigrate to Canada.
- To examine how differences
in their homeland are forgotten when immigrants arrive in Canada.
- To explore some of the hardships
and sacrifices which were made by the first generation of Greek immigrants.
- One of the things which
makes Father Salamis so remarkable is his longevity. Make a link with
a local nursing home. Have the students become pen pals with one of
the seniors. Try to learn about their life experiences.
- Many expressions used today
go back to Greek myths and legends, and recur in modern literature.
Research a Greek Myth and try to find examples of that legend being
used in today's films, literature or comics.
- One of the important parts
of the Greek culture is food. Visit the library and take out a Greek
cook book. Each student bring in one Greek dish. Perhaps take a day
such as March 25th , Greek Independence day, to explore their culture.
- What would it be like to
be a displaced person? Imagine sharing your home with several other
families, not speaking the language nor knowing where to start looking
for a job. Research some of the agencies in your community which have
been set up to help new immigrants. Find out what they are able to provide.
- Many of our families came
to Canada following World War II. Invite one of the parents to come
into the class to tell his family's story about life in their country
during the war and what obstacles and hardships they faced in emigrating
to and getting established in Canada.