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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.
The Society collaborates with Ottawa’s Carleton University 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.
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