CIHS thanks its corporate members - IRCC, P2P and Pier 21 - for their significant support as well as its life and annual members. All these contributions allow us to pursue our objectives and activities.
The Society has carried out significant research and communication on the 1975-1980 movement to Canada of Indochinese refugees
‘Robin Higham’s review of ‘Running on Empty’ is posted here with the kind permission of Mr. Higham as well as that of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers. The review first appeared in the Association’s magazine ‘Bout de Papier’.
The Vietnamese Boat People Memorial Association has appreciatively added to its website select passages from ‘Running on Empty‘. The Association aims “to preserve the historical heritage of the Vietnamese Boat People” through monuments and public education.
Elvire Westley donated these photographs in November 2017 that she had gathered during her career with the Canadian immigration office in Paris. Mme Westley contributed an article about her career to the latest Bulletin.
The Society is pleased to note the appointment of one of its long-standing members, Robert Vineberg, to the position of Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. The Society has been an active supporter of the Museum for many, many years.
CIHS President Michael Molloy , Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Associate Assistant Deputy Minister Dawn Edlund, Naomi Alboim and Doctor Nhung Tran-Davies recently discussed Canada’s and Canadians’ humanitarian tradition. The panel was organized by the Canada School of Public Service which has made this video link accessible. The panel discussed their respective experiences with major refugee movements – Alboim on the ‘boat people’ and recent Syrian movement as a co-founder of Lifeline Syria, and Molloy on the Asian Ugandan exodus and ‘boat people’. Dr, Tran-Davies recounted her experience as a five year old ‘boat person’ coming to Canada and her later drive to become a refugee sponsor.