The Italians are people who have
made their mark in many parts of the world. They are very proud of
their origin, their heritage. Italians are proud to present their
"Italia"! - The heartland of art, beauty and
the land where great personalities such as Dante Alighieri, Leonardo
Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Galileo Galilei were born.
Italians left their country, Italy, and immigrated to Canada for
a better life. They built bridges, railroads, buildings and streets.
They worked in mines, factories and farms. They brought to this
country their famous piazzas, their laughter, noise, and their love
for music and art. What are the characteristics of the Italian people?
Family Life – A strong and united family
is very important for Italians. The family represents the moral strength
The previous generations of Italians have valued a good and
strong family, and they have tried to pass this on to the new generations.
Faith and Religion – The majority of
Italians are Roman Catholics. They have been guided by their faith
in God for more than
2000 years. The Italian people believe that faith is a personal thing
and should be celebrated. The festivals are part of these celebrations
and are connected to the saints.
Friendship – Italians are well known for their friendly nature.
They are generous, gentle, warm, sociable and welcoming.
Heritage -- Italians are known for their culture
and the rich history that includes art, literature, poetry, classic architecture, popular
traditions, music and
Language – Italian is a romance language.
It has many different dialects. Italians
speak their dialect as
well as the official language. The Italian Canadian families have
tried to preserve as much as possible of their language.