The website of the Canadian International Council has posted some personal reflections on watershed events in Canada’s refugee program. Note particularly those of Professors Michael Molloy and Howard Adelman as well as of Geoffrey Cameron, the 2014 Gunn Prize winner.

‘Canada’s History’ magazine, with CIHS assistance, has just posted an article on the fortieth anniversary of the Indochinese refugee movement to Canada.

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.”

Officer recruitment in the 1950s

In 1957, the Government launched a recruitment program to bring university students into the Foreign Service as immigration officers. A CIHS member who was recruited through the program has provided us with a copy of the recruitment brochure which outlines recruitment standards, the career path and working/living conditions. The brochure was printed by the Queen’s Printer for the organizations then known as the Civil Service Commission and the Department of Citizenship and Immigration. Links to the English and French versions of the brochure appear below.

Recruitment brochure in English
Recruitment brochure in French

Society’s Annual General Meeting

The Society’s October AGM featured a presentation by Marie Chapman, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Ms Chapman spoke about the forthcoming reopening of the Museum and about the partnership between the Museum and the Society. As well, Patti Harper, Head of Archives and Research Collections at Carleton University spoke about the Ugandan Archive to which the Society has made a significant contribution. An article describes the event in more detail.