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’.

Running on Empty – Book Publication

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.

The book can be ordered through the publisher
It can also be ordered from Indigo  or 

McGill brochure and order form can be downloaded here

The CIHS summary of the book can be seen below.

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Marketing ‘Running on Empty’

At the 2017 AGM, Mike Molloy provided an overview of the effort and resources that the Society put into producing and marketing ‘Running on Empty: Canada and the Indochinese Refugees, 1975-1980’ with McGill-Queen’s University Press.

There was a highly successful initial launch in May in Ottawa at Library and Archives Canada with the Right Honourable Joe Clark as speaker and substantial support from the Vietnamese and Cambodian communities and Perfect Books. Subsequent launch events took place at the Longue Pointe Canadian Forces Base in Montreal, which was a reception centre at the height of the Indochinese refugee movement; at the Canadian Museum of Immigration History at Pier 21 in Halifax; at the national headquarters of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada during Public Service Week; and at the Senate of Canada through the efforts of Government Representative in the Senate, the Honourable Senator V. Peter Harder – the latter two with Octopus Books. And in November, Molloy participated in a trans-Canada armchair discussion through the Canada School of Public Service.

Events in Toronto (Ben McNally Books). Orillia (Manticore Books) and Winnipeg (McNally-Robinson Booksellers) will take place in February, 2018 in collaboration with Indochinese-Canadian community representatives. Opportunities further west will be pursued.

A first printing of 600 copies sold out, and McGill-Queen’s did a second printing. Selling only 400 more copies would make ‘Running on Empty’ a best seller for an academic book!