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Stories of Children, War, and Family Separation in the Oral History Collection at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Oral histories are used in Museum research reports, in permanent and travelling exhibitions, on the Museum’s website, and by external researchers and other third parties. We still have much to learn from the oral history interviews, but one theme clearly reflected in many of them is war and dislocation. With the assistance of Alexandra Weller, a summer intern from Western University’s MA in Public History Program, we identified 39 interviews that most obviously reflected this theme.

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My "Immigrant” Experience in Italy

Right from the start, I should make one thing very clear: I have never actually been an immigrant. I was born in Canada, and while I’ve lived overseas twice now, it was always with the knowledge that I would be coming home to Canada. The first time, I moved to England, where I had family and friends, and already knew the culture and language. No problem.

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School’s Out, Learning’s In! March Break Cultural Activities

Cultural activities, which are central to my work as Public Programs Manager at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, serve an interesting dual purpose. At once, they are a means of connecting (or re-connecting) with your own heritage and they are a means of finding commonalities with a culture very different from your own, whether that involves learning Tagalog or making empanadas from scratch or discovering the traditional round dance of the Mi’kmaw people.

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