CIHS produces a Bulletin two to three times per year. It covers Society developments and has articles on immigration and refugee matters (i.e. issues, policies, historical perspectives, and personal experiences). Articles are printed in the language used by the author.
Immigration history is not just about policy and operations; it is also about the people who made it happen. The decisions they made, how they made them and why they made them can shed considerable light on the evolution of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Programs. The memoirs of former Immigration personnel are often the windows into that history.
The Society (CIHS) welcomes researched, balanced essays on immigration and refugee issues from members and the public at large and in either English or French. The Society reserves the right to decide which essays it will publish. Those considering such a submission can contact us.
The Society (CIHS) records oral histories with individuals who played a role in building Canada’s immigration and refugee programs. These will be integrated into this website. Meanwhile, the following oral histories can be made available to interested parties who make a request in writing to the Society.
A tribute to a former Immigration Officer: Viggi Ring
Interview with Bill Burton
Interview with Al Gunn
Interview with Jack Manion
Interview with Al Troy
Interview with Edna Whinney
The Society (CIHS) receives selected historical items donated by members or others prepared to have them shared publicly. These may include diaries, personal papers, photographs, documents, and any other memorabilia related to immigration and refugee matters that inform about the history of those programs.
However, given limited storage space, CIHS will decide which items it will accept. Normally, these will be things that we know we can arrange to have stored or publicly displayed by organizations equipped to perform such tasks.
For example, CIHS has transferred to the Pier 21 Society in Halifax a range of donated items, which will be included in the latter’s Resource Centre.
We are happy to discuss the possibility of accepting memorabilia and anyone with such items is invited to contact us.
Bulletin 106 - September 2023
The September 2023 issue’s highlights:
honours the late Howard Adelman’s outstanding work in favour of refugee resettlement in the 1970s and beyond;
informs about a Danish-Canadian immigration promoter based in Ottawa at the end of the 19th century; and
reports on a visa officer and immigration applicant meeting after 50 years, and the applicant’s compelling immigration story (to be concluded in the next issue).