The CBC website carries two articles stemming from ‘Running on Empty’. In the first, some of the immigration officers involved talk of their experiences. In the second, we read of one of the refugees recognizing a photo of himself taken during his interview for Canada and reflecting, along with his daughter, about that chapter in his life.
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.
CBC News reported on ‘Running on Empty: Canada and the Indochinese Refugees, 1975-1980’
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.
The Society proudly announces the publication of its book, ‘Running on Empty’, on the Indochinese ‘boat people’ movement under the banner of McGill Queen’s University Press.The book focuses on the work of Canadian public servants in Southeast Asia and Canada to meet an unprecedented commitment to resettle 70,000 of the refugees before the end of 1980.
McGill brochure and order form can be downloaded here
The CIHS summary of the book can be seen below.
Our late colleague, John Sheardown, and his wife, Zena, are featured in a column from the ‘Ottawa Citizen’ of January 19. Their role in sheltering US diplomats in Tehran is recounted in a story about the transfer of archival holdings to the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa.