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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.

Honourable Ron Atkey

The Society marks with sadness the recent passing of the Honourable Ron Atkey, P.C.. Mr. Atkey was the minister responsible for immigration and refugee matters when the government of the Right Honourable Joe Clark significantly increased Canada’s commitment to resettle Indochinese refugees. We are honoured that Mr. Atkey wrote the foreword to our new book about that resettlement – ‘Running on Empty: Canada and the Indochinese Refugees 1975-1980’.