This article on the Vietnamese refugees who came to Ottawa and an event marking that first appeared in the New Canadian Media news service.
In this six minute, 1979 video a CBC TV crew visits one of the many, often remote, refugee camps where ‘boat people’ found some refuge. Their living conditions are clearly seen as well as the circumstances in which Canadian immigration personnel often worked – including at Camp Air Raya in 1980.
The May 3 edition of ‘Rewind’ broadcast highlights of forty year old or so reports on the ‘boat people’. About twenty minutes into the broadcast, Canadian via officer Scott Mullin is interviewed. The show also touches on refugees’ experiences, sponsorship and Canadians’ reaction.
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.