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Indochinese Refugee Newsletter

In July, 1979, just before announcing Canada would accept 50,000 refugees, Immigration Minister Ron Atkey launched a newsletter to keep Canadian refugee sponsors informed of the latest developments. The newsletters have been skillfully summarized by Martha Nixon, a member of the Indochinese Refugee Task Force. The newsletters were preserved by Rene Pappone who headed the Task Force’s Communications unit.

Complete Summary of the Employment and Immigration Indochinese Refugee Newsletters

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Celebrates Its Official Reopening

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 celebrated its official reopening on June 25, 2015 with the unveiling of Canadian Immigration Hall, a new exhibition showcasing the vast contributions of newcomers to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life, from past to present day. CIHS gratefully acknowledges Pier 21 as a corporate member of the Society.

Fortieth anniversary of the Indochinese Refugee Movement to Canada


Learn more about the 40th anniversary of the Indochinese Refugee Movement. New images, captured by those who were there, are showcased in Indochina photo albums on our site.

Fortieth anniversary of the Indochinese Refugee Movement to Canada

CIHS has launched a special website in honour of the fortieth anniversary of the Indochinese refugee movement to Canada. The site features photos, historical documents, media coverage, and links to websites related to this significant movement.

April 30: A date to commemorate the Indochinese refugees to Canada

An Act of Parliament now makes April 30 a day of commemoration for the Indochinese refugee movement. The Act is on-line. CIHS President, Michael Molloy, met with the Senators and that hearing is now on-line. (Note: Videos best viewed with Internet Explorer). In speaking about the movement of the ‘boat people’ to Canada, Molloy said, This movement “…was an amazing achievement. It was made possible by outstanding leadership at all levels of government, by  hardworking public servants, and above all, by literally hundreds of thousands of ordinary Canadian who sponsored refugees through their churches and synagogues, their services clubs, unions, and ad hoc groups of friends and neighbours.”