New Temporary Exhibit at Pier 21 Commemorates the No. 2 Construction Battalion

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is pleased to unveil Community Presents: The No. 2 Construction Battalion, a small temporary exhibit created by the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the formation and service of the No. 2 Construction Battalion.

It was on March 25, 1917 that the more than 600 men that formed the No. 2 Construction Battalion – the first and last segregated all-Black Canadian Army unit – sailed from Halifax Harbour on its to way to England and France to aid in the First World War effort.

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New Temporary Exhibit at Pier 21

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is pleased to present Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Times: Italian Canadian Experiences During World War II. This temporary exhibit commemorates the hundreds of Italian Canadians sent to internment camps and prisons during the Second World War.

On June 10, 1940, Italy declared war on Great Britain and her allies; in reaction, the Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King declared as “enemy aliens” an estimated 31,000 Italian-Canadians considered a threat to the safety of Canada.

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Breakfast With a Fascinating Canadian: Dr. Jim Spatz

Members of the media are invited to attend the latest installment in the Breakfast with a Fascinating Canadian series, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Jim Spatz.

The series, which started in 2003, has had 17 speakers from a variety of sectors across Canada in support of the Museum.

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