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Gear up for the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships with Perfect Landings at Pier 21

Discover the immigration stories behind some of Canada’s pioneering figure skaters, coaches and builders. Presented in partnership with Skate Canada, the temporary exhibition, Perfect Landings, expands on the thematic link between immigration and sport which is explored in the new Canadian Immigration Hall.

Perfect Landings will be on display at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 from January 16 to March 20, 2016. Visitors will learn more about luminary figures such as John Knebli, a talented craftsman who arrived at Pier 21 in 1930 and Ellen Burka, a Holocaust survivor who came to Canada in 1951 and went on to train some of the country’s best-known skaters including Toller Cranston.

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A Child’s Lifejacket from a Perilous Crossing: New Artifacts on Display

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in partnership with the Canada Science and Technology Museum and with the cooperation of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders presents a thought-provoking display that will allow visitors to continue the discussion of welcoming refugees to Canada within a larger historical context.

In 2015, over a million people arrived in Europe, fleeing violence and instability from countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea and Pakistan. One in five was a child and most of these migrants faced a dangerous sea voyage across the Mediterranean with over 3,500 people dying in these crossings.

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Canada’s Titanic – The Empress of Ireland

Over one hundred years after the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 presents a dramatic exhibition that will take visitors to the heart of one the greatest maritime disasters in Canada’s history. Artifacts from this once-splendid ocean liner, historical documents and eyewitness accounts will help bring to life stories of loss and rescue, despair and bravery. As well, visitors will learn the storied history of the Empress of Ireland including the role it played in immigration and the development of Canada.

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