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The early Italian immigrants who pioneered the rainforests of these Pacific shores and settled in their new found home, joined forces in 1904 and formed the first Italian-Canadian Society in Vancouver and named it “Figli d’Italia” (Sons of Italy).
They resolved to commemorate the discovery of America and its discoverer, the great Italian navigator and explorer, Christopher Columbus. Each year these Figli d’Italia celebrated Columbus Day by marching proudly in their parade, displaying their colours and their Columbus Day Banquet marked the highlight in the social calendar of the Italian-Canadian community of Vancouver.
In 1966, the late Justice Angelo E. Branca was instrumental in amalgamating four of the oldest Italian–Canadian Societies in the City of Vancouver. These societies were Societa’ di Mutuo Soccorso Figli d’Italia Inc. (1904). Societa’Veneta di Mutuo Soccorso (1911), the Vancouver Italian-Canadian Mutual Aid Society (1935), and Meridionale (founded in the early 1960’s) and their respective ladies auxiliaries; Lega femminile Italiana. As a result of this the Confratellanza Italo-Canadese was formed.
La Confratellanza is a bi-cultural society dedicated to preservation and advancement of Italian-Canadian culture in Vancouver and its surrounding areas. We are deeply committed to ensuring, that, as a group, Italian-Canadians are contributing to the enrichment our community and our multi-cultural nation.
The Confratellanza Italo-Canadese and its predecessors have always had a social conscience. Since our amalgamation in 1966, we have donated almost $500,00 to various charities, hospitals, scholarships, medical research, the handicapped and similar organizations. Members have also been actively involved in all areas of amateur youth sports and community functions.
Membership is open to all peoples of Italian descent or heritage. Members must be willing to stand by a code of honor, respect, and pride in their Italian heritage and their community.
The Confratellanza is proud to host and be a part of a wide variety of events and cultural activities, including family events, live boxing shows, banquets and award ceremonies, as well as charity driven events.
Our annual events include the Columbus Banquet, the Night of Fights at the Italian Center, and the summer Festa picnic.
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Since its inception, the Confratellanza has contributed over $500,000 to charitable initiatives. In the past we have donated to a variety of organizations, including the Variety Children's Club, the Downtown Eastside Christmas for Children, the Vancouver Boys Club and others.
The Confratellanza also provides annual scholarship opportunities for recent graduates who value and promote community work, athletics and the pursuit of academics.