WelcomeThe Fogolârs Federation of Canada is the connecting link between the Fogolârs/ Fameis throught the country. This link, and the ability of being of service to big and small communities, is the main purpose of this national association. The structure of the Federation can be visualized as a pyramid with the Fogolârs/ Fameis on top and the executives of the Federation at the base.

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Value of Award

The award will be a $1,000 monetary gift and a one-year membership in the Fogolar Association of Winnipeg and will be awarded in December 2018.

The Award

Established in July 2017, the Premio Campo Fogolar is awarded yearly to a young person (age 17-35) who has origins from either the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia (FVG) or Veneto regions of Italy and who is entering or attending post-secondary studies or participating in a recognized cultural/academic program in FVG or Veneto. The purpose of the award is to create a living legacy of the Association, honouring the struggles, achievements and heritage of its members. The award will be granted on an annual basis in perpetuity.

History Behind the Award

The Fogolar Association of Winnipeg is comprised of individuals originating from the FVG and Veneto regions in Italy. Since its inception in 1959, it has provided fellowship to its members as well as an opportunity for them to enjoy and share their history, language, food and culture. The acquisition in 1973 of Campo Fogolar – the Association’s summer property in Anola, Manitoba – crowned the dreams of the members who wanted a permanent gathering place for their organization. The property was purchased with funds donated by members who are now recognized as the Founding Members of Campo Fogolar. Unfortunately, it became difficult to maintain the property on a volunteer basis and it was sold in 2011. The initial endowment for the award came from the proceeds of the sale of the Campo Fogolar.

Fogolârs Federation of Canada Joins ICAP

On April 6, 2018, the Fogolârs Federation of Canada became an institutional member of the Italian-Canadian Archives Project (ICAP). This is an important, significant step, which will strengthen and add to the Italian-Canadian narrative and help to preserve the Friulian record in Canada.   

 ICAP is working to develop and promote a national strategy to collect and preserve historical items that capture the Italian-Canadian experience. ICAP wants to facilitate and encourage individuals, families, societies and institutions that have materials in their possession to preserve these documents. They are part of our Canadian historical fabric.

 The only organization of its kind with an academic focus, ICAP is holding a conference at the University of Calgary on August 24 and 25. A pre-tour of southwest Alberta and southeast BC, with stops in places where Italians made an impact, is also being organized. For further information, please read the information provided below.


Message From the President

We appreciate your interest in wanting to know more about us and our association. We are a national federation of associations aiming particularly to unite all Friulian communities in Canada and in so doing help preserve the language and culture of Friuli.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia is that little corner in north-eastern Italy bordering Austria to the North, Slovenia to the East and the Adriatic Sea to the South. The three main cities are Pordenone, Udine and Trieste.

This region benefits from a special status within the Italian state due mainly to its distinctly different culture and language. The language is friulano or furlan. It is not a dialect of Italian, but holds the special status one of Europe’s recognized minority languages like Catalan. Like French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and Romanian it is also derived from Latin.

The geographic location of Friuli has impacted tremendously on its history and early economy. Its strategic location has made it the victim of many invasions and as such was, until now, not considered a place of good and safe investment. Adjacent countries vied for its access to the sea and great battles were fought on its soil, further undermining its mainly agricultural economy.

The greatest loss this region has suffered in the last century, however, has been wrought mainly through emigration. Because of the economic hardships imposed by continuous wars, the Furlans moved away in waves, sometimes temporarily and at times permanently, searching for work and an improved standard of living.

Furlans can be found in every continent and in almost every country. Canada is now the chosen home of more than eighty thousand Friulians who came as early as the beginning of the 20th century but more so in the late 1940s through the early 1960s. They can be found throughout the country and in many cities they have formed associations called Famèe Furlane (Friulan family) or Fogolâr Furlan ( Friulian Hearth).