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Oral History

By recording peoples’ immigration stories through oral history interviews, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 contributes important documentation on the human facet of immigration and makes it possible to share these stories with the greater public.

Oral History Collection

The Museum has been recording personal histories related to Canadian immigration since 2000. Today, the Oral History Collection has grown to over 1,200 audio and video interviews with immigrants, refugees, and Canadian-born individuals with a link to immigration. The Collection helps us learn about immigration through first-person accounts and memories. It includes interviews with people who have a direct connection to Pier 21 as a historic immigration shed, as well as interviews with people who came to Canada through many other ports of entry, including airports and border crossings, and at various times. Our growing Collection is intended to reflect the breadth of Canadian immigration experiences.

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The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is working towards making more of its Oral History Collection directly accessible online. If you have an oral history research request, please contact the Museum’s oral historians at We will try to respond to your request in a timely way, but please note that it could take up to eight weeks.

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