Photo Albums:

The Indochinese refugee movement

In 1975, Canada’s largest reception and resettlement of refugees began. From then through to 1999, close to 130,000 Indochinese refugees, including some 60,000 in 1979-80 alone, came to Canada from Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos. We offer a range of information about that significant movement.

 

ALBUM: Murray Mosher

Photographs taken in early August 1979 at Griesbach Military Base in Edmonton. This was one arrival point for Indochinese. Used with permission from Mr. Mosher who owns the copyright.


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ALBUM: Don Cameron

D. Cameron served in the region as a visa officer. Used with permission from Mr. Cameron who owns the copyright.

Anambas Islands, Indonesia.
Malaysian fishing boats used initially to ferry visa officers, their files and overnight luggage on the four hour trip to the refugee camp on Pilau Bidong.
Last Canadian Hercules flight from Saigon Ton Son Nhut airport on 24 April, 1975.
Loading last Herc from Saigon Ton Son Nhut airport on 24 April 1975.
Landing dock at the Air Raya refugee camp, Anambas Islands, Indonesia. 'Air' means water in the Malay language.

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ALBUM: Scott Heatherington

S. Heatherington served in the region as a visa officer. Used with permission from Mr. Heatherington who owns the copyright.

Scott Heatherington in Kamput in 1982
There is no one picture of the entire team. We were too busy. I literally snapped these pictures on the run, which is why the picture quality is so poor.
Guam team: Rebecca Wong, Scott Heatherington, Vietnamese interpreters and our Marine Guard.
Rebecca Wong, Scott Heatherington and Dr. Kyriakidis.
Guam – red building.
Guam - in front of bus.
Charter, Guam May 1975.
Charles Rogers, Rebecca Wong and Dr. Kyriakidis.
Guam group of 4.

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ALBUM: John McEachern

John McEachern served in the refugee camps and provides this example of a camp souvenir. He owns the photo copyright.

Pulau Bidong Singapore

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ALBUM: Margaret Tebbutt

Ms. Tebbutt served in the region as a visa officer. Used with permission from Ms. Tebbutt who owns the copyright.

Three Canadians in Galang.
Canadian and Malaysians on boat to Bidong.
Don Cameron in Bidong.
Interview office in Bidong.
Margaret Tebbutt in Bidong.
Waiting for interviews.
Vietnamese interpreter, Bidong.
Toddlers in Bidong.
Kuala Trengganu
Housing on Bidong.
Baby and family leaving Bidong camp on boat, Oct 1979.
Bidong from sea, Oct 1979.
Bill Lake (RCMP) and Florent Fortin (Quebec Immigration) officers, leaving for Bidong camp, Oct 1979.
Children in camp.
Waiting outside interview area, Bidong, Nov 1979.
Interview office Bidong.

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ALBUM: Mr. Duong Xuan Phong

Mr. Phong drew the following images that were used by the UNHCR on a 1981 calendar. These show sea conditions the refugees faced along with images Camp Kuku in the Anambas Islands and Galang in Indonesia. Posted with the permission of the artist and the UNHCR.

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ALBUM: Mr. Huan To

photographs taken by Huan To who assisted in the documentation of Indochinese refugees upon arrival in Canada at the Griesbach CFB Reception Centre, 1979-80

griesbach-1980-1.gifA team of Interpreters & Immigration Officers at Griechbach Reception Centre at one of the flights from the Southeast Asian Refugee Camps in 1979-1980
Huan To worked with Immigrational Officers on Canadian Landing documents at Griechbach Reception Centre in Edmonton 1979-1980
Dr. Nguyen D Huan & Huan To in the office of Griechbach Reception Centre 1979-1980
Refugee as new comers to Canada in Edmonton Griechbach Reception Centre 1979-1980
A team of Interpreters & Immigration Officers at Griechbach Reception Centre on one of the flights from the Southeast Asian Refugee Camps in 1979-1980

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