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Your donation supports ongoing programming at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, including new exhibits, school programs, the Research Centre and special commemorative events. All gifts over $20 will receive a receipt for taxation purposes.

The support of our donors is making all the difference in helping us stay connected with Canadians and share inspiring stories of hope, love and courage at a time when we need it most. We are very grateful to you, our donors and our friends. Thank you.

Transcript of video:

(Translated from French)
Many people take different paths to come to Canada. All these stories are a part of the larger story of what makes the fabric of our country.

Pier 21 really connects us to the story, to the country and it connects us to each other. The idea was germinated in the mid 1990s of someone who was an Immigration Officer, and he really wanted to preserve the heritage of what the immigration at Pier 21 was in its day, when it was open.

And it started from there, we had to raise a lot of money to get the doors open on July 1, 1999. And it was a pretty exciting day. We had 10 000 people here. We eventually realized that we were so important on the immigration file and we thought, we need to be a national treasure.

(Translated from French)
The first politician I asked for help in making Pier 21 a national museum looked at me and asked me if I was crazy. Two years later the Prime Minister was visiting Halifax to announce that Pier 21 would actually become a National Museum. And I believe that is how Canada first said thank you to immigrants for their contributions and for building the wonderful country we live in today.

The impact that we've had locally, is, I think quite huge. We have an incredible program of Community Programming, education both for the general public, for school kids and if you want to be excited, you want to come to the Canada Day celebrations at Pier 21. A citizenship ceremony; there's a lot that goes on behind these doors.

You know what the paratroopers look like with their helmets and their smokes, machine guns across their chest. They were shouting (in German) "hands up, hands up, don't shoot, don't shoot!!"

Except for our First Nations people, we are all immigrants, and we need to understand how that made our country.

Though being a national museum gives us a lot more leverage to do things like that, to have the travelling exhibits, to actually physically show people in Nanaimo or in Saskatoon, what Pier 21 is. It's really important to be physically in front of people as well as just a museum in Halifax.

(Translated from French)
The reason that I became involved is still the same. The Canadian Museum of Immigration speaks to the importance of immigration. It matters a lot, and it is essential that new generations learn about it and appreciate it.

It doesn't always tell the success stories; it tells the real story of some of the not so great things that had happened in Canadian immigration: the sad stories, the times that we are not proud of, as a country.

When I look at what it takes to keep a museum of this calibre running, it takes a lot of work. Not just management, feet on the ground, it takes philanthropy. It was a story of love from the beginning. People say to me that was a long time ago, why are you still involved? And I said I can't stop, there's something about it that gets into your heart and I think I'll always be somehow involved.

Think of Pier 21 as the platform for you to share your story, for you to talk about the hope of the country and your family and generations to come. We can do that here.

(Translated from French)
Pier 21 is a symbol about what Canada represents: opportunity, equality, peace, and freedom. So, if you care for Canada, you must support the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.