We have posted a revised and more complete chronology of developments leading up to and following the start of the movement of Indochinese refugees to Canada.
‘Canada’s History’ magazine, with CIHS assistance, has just posted an article on the fortieth anniversary of the Indochinese refugee movement to Canada.
With the re-opening of Pier 21, CTV Atlantic conducted nine separate interviews on aspects of the Museum including with CIHS President, Michael Molloy. View the interviews at http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/museumofimmigration. You may have to use the scroll function at the top right of the screen.
In July, 1979, just before announcing Canada would accept 50,000 refugees, Immigration Minister Ron Atkey launched a newsletter to keep Canadian refugee sponsors informed of the latest developments. The newsletters have been skillfully summarized by Martha Nixon, a member of the Indochinese Refugee Task Force. The newsletters were preserved by Rene Pappone who headed the Task Force’s Communications unit.
Complete Summary of the Employment and Immigration Indochinese Refugee Newsletters
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 celebrated its official reopening on June 25, 2015 with the unveiling of Canadian Immigration Hall, a new exhibition showcasing the vast contributions of newcomers to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life, from past to present day. CIHS gratefully acknowledges Pier 21 as a corporate member of the Society.
Learn more about the 40th anniversary of the Indochinese Refugee Movement. New images, captured by those who were there, are showcased in Indochina photo albums on our site.
An Act of Parliament now makes April 30 a day of commemoration for the Indochinese refugee movement. The Act is on-line. CIHS President, Michael Molloy, met with the Senators and that hearing is now on-line. (Note: Videos best viewed with Internet Explorer). In speaking about the movement of the ‘boat people’ to Canada, Molloy said, This movement “…was an amazing achievement. It was made possible by outstanding leadership at all levels of government, by hardworking public servants, and above all, by literally hundreds of thousands of ordinary Canadian who sponsored refugees through their churches and synagogues, their services clubs, unions, and ad hoc groups of friends and neighbours.”
In 1957, the Government launched a recruitment program to bring university students into the Foreign Service as immigration officers. A CIHS member who was recruited through the program has provided us with a copy of the recruitment brochure which outlines recruitment standards, the career path and working/living conditions. The brochure was printed by the Queen’s Printer for the organizations then known as the Civil Service Commission and the Department of Citizenship and Immigration. Links to the English and French versions of the brochure appear below.