April 30: A date to commemorate the Indochinese refugees to Canada

An Act of Parliament now makes April 30 a day of commemoration for the Indochinese refugee movement. The Act is on-line. CIHS President, Michael Molloy, met with the Senators and that hearing is now on-line. (Note: Videos best viewed with Internet Explorer). In speaking about the movement of the ‘boat people’ to Canada, Molloy said, This movement “...was an amazing achievement. It was made possible by outstanding leadership at all levels of government, by  hardworking public servants, an... Read more.

Bulletin 73-A – April 2015

Bulletin 73-A – April 2015 To mark the fortieth anniversary of the Indochinese refugee movement to Canada, the Society has released a special Bulletin and launched a dedicated website. We invite you to check them both out. ... Read more.

Officer recruitment in the 1950s

In 1957, the Government launched a recruitment program to bring university students into the Foreign Service as immigration officers. A CIHS member who was recruited through the program has provided us with a copy of the recruitment brochure which outlines recruitment standards, the career path and working/living conditions. The brochure was printed by the Queen’s Printer for the organizations then known as the Civil Service Commission and the Department of Citizenship and Immigration. Links t... Read more.

2014 Gunn Prize

The winner of the 2014 Gunn Prize is University of Toronto PhD student Geoffrey Cameron pictured here receiving his award from, on the left, Dr. Jenna Hennebry and Dr. Margaret Walton-Roberts, both with the International Migration Research Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University. The winning essay is on-line.... Read more.

Society’s Annual General Meeting

The Society’s October AGM featured a presentation by Marie Chapman, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Ms Chapman spoke about the forthcoming reopening of the Museum and about the partnership between the Museum and the Society. As well, Patti Harper, Head of Archives and Research Collections at Carleton University spoke about the Ugandan Archive to which the Society has made a significant contribution. An article describes the event in more detail.... Read more.

1999 Evacuation of Kosovars to Canada

In 1999, the Government of Canada announced it would take 5000 Kosovars, displaced by ethnic strife, into the country where they could stay temporarily or settle permanently. This documentary traces the Kosovars movement to Canada and presents the partnerships between employees of Citizenship and Immigration Canada with other federal departments, the Canadian Red Cross and other groups in civil society and the private sector who together made this rapid response possible.... Read more.