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In 1975, Canada’s largest reception and resettlement of refugees began. From then through to 1999, close to 130,000 Indochinese refugees, including some 60,000 in 1979-80 alone, came to Canada from Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos. We offer a range of information about that significant movement.
This ‘Canadian Immigration Record and Visa‘ was issued to a refugee from VietNam by the Canadian visa office in Singapore in 1979. The gentleman then received ‘permanent resident’ status at the special Reception Centre, Canadian Forces Base – Griesbach, Edmonton. He then travelled to a town in Saskatchewan on the basis of a group sponsorship. We thank the family for allowing us to add this visa to our on-line collection of material documenting the movement of the Indochinese refugees to Canada.
CIHS Bulletin 105 explores various aspects of Canada’s immigration settlement story. It opens with an overview of the Canadian government’s settlement program arrangements from the post-war program into the 1970s. (We have included one ministerial press release from 1948.) This issue also looks at how one CIHS member, then a manpower officer, perceived and delivered that program in Cambridge Ontario in the late 1970s. CIHS members have contributed two book reviews. Both books explore the authors’ reflections on their settlement pathways in Canada: one from Sri Lanka; the other from northern India. This issue also includes an overview and update about the Hearts of Freedom project and a report of CIHS donations to the Canadian Museum of Immigration History. Finally, there are sadly three new names in our in memoriam segment: Jean-Paul Delisle, Victor Majid and Dr. Robert J. Shalka.View