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My Last Ten Years as an Immigrant to Canada and Working at an Immigration Museum

At the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, we collect and tell the stories of immigrants who came to Canada and continue to come to Canada to make a new home for themselves.

Some of these stories are used in the permanent exhibitions, online and in current and future travelling exhibits. Most recently, we hosted our travelling exhibit called Canada: Day 1.

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Eminently Suitable for Our Purposes: Official Commemoration of Immigrant Arrivals in Canada, 1949-1972

During the early postwar period, Canadian officials attempted to commemorate immigration milestones. These official commemorations were in response to postwar immigration policies that had opened Canada’s doors to tens of thousands of European immigrants including Displaced Persons (DPs) and political refugees in an attempt to fill a shortage of labour in Canada, and to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in war-torn Europe.

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Children of the Pier: Adolescent Experiences of Arrival and Process

An often overlooked aspect of Pier 21’s site history is the immigration experience of children. Young newcomers are often mentioned in relation to the immigration process and the role of the Canadian state in processing immigration. Similarly, the efforts of voluntary service agencies including the Red Cross and its nursery, were instrumental in caring for young children as their parents used Pier 21’s amenities to rest, take a shower, secure food, or purchase tickets for train travel to their final destination across Canada.

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