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“The Immigration Act a weapon”: Panama Maru and the Exclusion of Immigrants, 1913

On 17 October 1913, Panama Maru arrived at Victoria, British Columbia. The ship was a regularly-scheduled passenger liner of the Osaka Soshen Kaisha Line, carrying 56 passengers identified by immigration authorities as “Hindus,” although many were probably Sikhs. Ten of the passengers were promptly landed, and another seven followed after a day, based on their having established domicile in Canada before.[1] The remaining passengers, thirty-nine in total, were held for further examination.

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Toronto Museum of Migration Set to Launch This Summer

A grassroots, community-led effort to build Toronto’s first museum of migration

The Toronto Ward Museum is a museum without walls dedicated to telling Toronto’s migration history through the life stories of migrants to the area. Using the city as its canvas and through interactive and event-based programming, the Museum invites audiences to engage with stories of migration from Toronto’s past. Through its programming it asks audiences to connect these stories, not only to their own personal history, but to current day issues affecting newcomer communities today.

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Un/Wanted? Canada and the Resettlement of Chilean, Indochinese and Somali Refugees

After the Second World War, Canada’s response to international refugee crises varied, driven by Cold War ideology, economic self-interest, humanitarian considerations, political necessity, and public opinion. During this period, Canada became one of the world’s foremost refugee-receiving states. Successive federal governments attempted to meet Canada’s international obligations to find a permanent settlement to the plight of refugees around the world.

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