In 1999, the Government of Canada announced it would take 5000 Kosovars, displaced by ethnic strife, into the country where they could stay temporarily or settle permanently. This documentary traces the Kosovars movement to Canada and presents the partnerships between employees of Citizenship and Immigration Canada with other federal departments, the Canadian Red Cross and other groups in civil society and the private sector who together made this rapid response possible.
An evaluation has been carried out of last November’s conference on the Indochinese Refugee Movement to Canada. The response was very positive for this event.
Carleton University recognizes donors behind Ugandan Archive.
Roger St. Vincent produced two versions of “Seven Crested Cranes”. The first is based on that originally published by the Canadian Immigration Historical Society twenty years ago and re-released for the fortieth anniversary of the Ugandan movement in 2012.
CIHS facilitated the transfer to Carleton University of an important archive of 1972 Canadian, Ugandan and international newspaper clippings about the expulsion Uganda’s Asian community.
This linked video flows from the fall, 2013 conference on the ‘boat people’ featuring commentary from people involved in the movement.
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CIHS and Pathways to Prosperity will continue their collaboration in gathering oral history on migration by focussing this time on past policies and measures aimed at attracting newcomers to, and encouraging them to settle in, destinations other than Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
The people of Canada are the unique recipients of an award for their work on behalf of refugees.
It was the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, then Jean-Pierre Hocké, who, in 1986 presented the UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award to “the people of Canada” through then Governor General Sauvé. The award recognizes the work of Canada in helping to alleviate the very difficult situations of refugees around the world. It was the first time the award was presented to an entire nation. In this extract from the award ceremony at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the High Commissioner and the Governor General speak and the award medal is presented. Also on the dais are the Honourable Flora MacDonald, then Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Gerry Weiner, then Minister of State (Immigration) and Michael Schelew, then President of the Canadian Council for Refugees. The web publishing of this video from the 1986 Nansen Award ceremony is courtesy of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 2014.
CIHS and the Centre for Refugee Studies have just wrapped up a conference on the Indochinese movement.