Fortieth anniversary of the Indochinese Refugee Movement to Canada
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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 proudly announces the publication of its book, ‘Running on Empty’, on the Indochinese ‘boat people’ movement under the banner of McGill Queen’s University Press.The book focuses on the work of Canadian public servants in Southeast Asia and Canada to meet an unprecedented commitment to resettle 70,000 of the refugees before the end of 1980.
McGill brochure and order form can be downloaded here.
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.