Introduction for final panel at the Canadian Museum of History


The Society is pleased to participate n a 3-day conference examining the development of Canadian refugee policies and programs since 1957 (the arrival of 38,000 Hungarian refugees), mainly those affecting the Ugandan Asian and Vietnamese refugee movements in the 1970s and the most recent arrival of Syrian refugees but also various other groups. Academics, policy makers, refugee sponsors, NGOs, students, refugee workers and refugees of various backgrounds will discuss central issues of our time: the global search of refugees for a safe home and the role of immigration in the Canadian nation-building process in the 20th and 21st centuries while reflecting on the recent rise of anti-immigration discourses. There will also be a rich and diverse cultural program

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Syrian refugees in Ottawa

CIHS is pleased to promote on-line stories about the reception of Syrian refugees in Ottawa – stories from the immigrants themselves but also from people involved in this refugee movement and who contributed in one way or another. The site is run by the Ottawa organization ‘Refugee613’ that the Society has worked with.

Historica Canada Heritage Minute: The Boat People

In consultation with Society President, Michael Molloy, Historica Canada has produced and released (on World Refugee Day – June 20) a Heritage Minute on the Indochinese ‘boat people’. The story in the Heritage Minute is based on the experiences of CBC Ottawa reporter Judy Trinh who was master of ceremonies at the launch of “Running on Empty: Canada and the Indochinese Refugee Boat People” at Library and Archives Canada on May 17 this year. Small world.