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Customs and Traditions: Holiday Edition!

In the Canadian Immigration Hall, we have a great interactive element where we ask visitors to share with us their family traditions and customs. The point of this activity is to get people to think about where these traditions come from and the intangible culture that immigrants bring with them when they come to Canada. These are the aspects of culture that people don’t pack in their suitcases, but bring with them in their hearts and minds. Intangible culture can be things like language, religion, notions of politeness, and special holidays and traditions.

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Resettling Child Refugees: Canada and Armenian Orphans, 1923-1927

For centuries, child orphans have sought permanent resettlement in Canada. Refugee orphans seeking to enter Canada today must hold legal documentation and provide testimony to a federal immigration official that he or she is a minor. Otherwise, within Canadian immigration policy, they are treated as adult refugees. Accompanied by a lawyer, social worker, or trusted community member, refugee orphans must be interviewed by an official from the Immigration and
Refugee Board.[1]

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Pathways to Toronto : A Collaborative Partnership


Produced by students and faculty at the University of Toronto, Pathways to Toronto is an online exhibition that explores the life stories of six individuals who moved to Toronto to live and work over the past two centuries.

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