Partnerships

CIHS partners with various bodies interested in furthering the knowledge and history of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Programs.

Pier 21

We have been a staunch supporter of Pier 21, Canada’s National Immigration Museum since its inception.

International Migration Research Centre

We have a formal partnership with the International Migration Research Centre at Wilfred Laurier University to co-fund and manage the Gunn Prize.

Carleton University

The Society collaborates with Ottawa’s Carleton University Ugandan Archive about the 1972 expulsion from Uganda of its Asian population. This is a unique archive that gives insight into the expulsion and subsequent resettlement of over 4,000 Asians in Canada.

We have also become active partners in an oral history project with the Department of Social Work and the MacOdrum Library.  The project will create an archive of the stories of southeast Asian refugees who arrived in Canada in the wake of the fall of Vietnam in the late seventies and early eighties. In the first phase we will collect 110  ninety minute oral histories from  former Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian refugees living in Ontario and Quebec as well as former sponsors, officials and  people involved in organizations like Operation Lifeline and Project 4000. Funding permitting we will collect 100 more in the west and the Maritimes. The Hearts of Freedom project now has it’s own website:

Pathways to Prosperity

The Society has collaborated with Pathways to Prosperity, a multidisciplinary alliance of academic and community organizations promoting the integration of immigrants and minorities across Canada.

Centre for Refugee Studies, York University

CIHS works with the Centre to explore the movement of the Indochinese ‘boat people’ to Canada.

Federal Departments and Agencies

The Society has historical ties to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency. Many of our members worked (or still work) for those departments. Our goals of preserving and publishing the history of immigration and refugee movements to Canada are of direct interest to its employees – past and present.