Recent Additions to the Site
Safe Haven: The Refugee Experience of Five Families.
Thousands of miles on boats and planes. And one reason for coming to Canada: to escape danger. Safe Haven tells the stories of the Segaran, Straznicky, Abdi, Enriquez, and Pham families, who all came to Canada as refugees during the last thirty years. Here, youÍll learn why these men, women, and children fled their homes in Sri Lanka, Czechoslovakia, Somalia, Chile, and Vietnam. You'll find out how they came to Canada, and what life has been like for them here in their new country.
Human Rights and Global Connections
Covers some of the darkest, and some of the most hopeful, moments in world history, and the history of Canada. Everything from discrimination to genocide has been a part of Canadian history, but Canadians have also been leaders in the global human rights movement over the last fifty years.
"But Women Did Come" ... 150 years of Chinese Women in North America
In 1860, Mrs. Lee Chong came with her children to join her husband in British Columbia, and entered history as the first Chinese woman in Canada. Thousands of Chinese men had come to North America to find work, but it was very hard for them to earn enough to bring their wives and children too, and harder still for Chinese families to overcome anti-Chinese bias in Canadian society. But some women did come. They and their descendants overcame huge obstacles, became Canadians, opened businesses, started communities across the country, and changed Canadian society for the better. This exhibit tells their story.
People Coming Every Day
Tells you about patterns of immigration to Canada, including the history of immigration laws which encouraged some people to come, and prevented others. You'll learn about everyone from early pioneers from all around the world, to modern refugees, and find out what it was like for new immigrants arriving in Canada -- hundreds of years ago or just a hundred hours ago.
Understanding Community and Neighbourhoods
explores ethnic neighbourhoods, with a view to understanding shared territory and ideas as the glue that can bind a community together. Patterns of residence throughout Canadian history have been explained by the influences of culture and economics.
Constructing Canadian Citizenship explains what it means to be a Canadian citizen - the responsibilities and privileges it brings - and shows how rules about who is eligible for citizenship in Canada have changed since the country was founded.
Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Work is a theme all about how people earn a living. Historically, some ethnic groups have been barred from some occupations, and have therefore turned to others, at which they have excelled. Family businesses, traditional 'ethnic' employment patterns, labour unions, and historical laws about employment are covered in these pages.
Change and Persistence in Identity and Community Life shows how groups of immigrants keep some traditions alive, while changing others. New communities form, with people sharing their language, religions, values, education, and folkways, but people's identities also change, as they adapt to their new country.
.....and much more!