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Journey to Belonging:
Billy Mink in the Immigration Hall at Pier 21

Time 0:03:13

(Billy Mink is taking a selfie video as he pans across the Canadian Immigration Hall.)

Transcript:

Billy:
Captain Nemo, I’ve been peering through Pier 21, and learning about my great-grandfather (holding up a sepia photo) William H. Minky. Now, I’m in the Canadian Immigration Hall. So where do I begin?

Captain Nemo:
(On Billy’s comm device)
...at the beginning.

Billy:
What is that supposed to mean?

Captain:
Turn around and you’ll see, Billy.
(Static and Nemo zaps out)

Narrator:
(Insert video of Immigration Map)
Billy sees a giant digital map showing the beginning of Canada's immigration story over 400 years ago.

Billy:
That’s Shakespeare’s time!
(He puts his hand to his ear)
"List if thou canst hear the tread of travellers!"

Narrator:
Yes, in Shakespeare's time, Europeans began arriving and making contact with Aboriginal Peoples. But it was only in the early 17th century that they established a permanent presence in Canada. Since then, immigration has never stopped, really. Sometimes world events push groups of people from other countries to want to start a new life somewhere else.

Billy:
Like great-grandpa! He left England after the Second World War!

Narrator:
And he came by ship through Pier 21, right? (Billy nods) But other immigrants from around the world made the journey by plane, train, or ship to other entry ports across the country.

(3 Kidoons characters – Joe, Didi, and Topper – are watching videos in the colourful “Plane/Train/Ship” cubicles. Joe Otter waves.)

Joe Otter
Salut, Billy!

Billy
(Popping in, to camera)
Ugh… Joe has ‘migrated’ into my episode! I don't want him here!

Narrator:
And that, Billy, is how some people have felt about immigration over the years. (Images of various immigration missteps) It’s been a complicated story, and the ending hasn’t always been happy. (Pan across “Arrival” hall, ending in giant tree) But we have to remember that at some point in our family tree, in our family tree, except for Aboriginal Peoples, everyone arrived from somewhere else.

William H. Minky appears in the tree as a hologram.

William H. Minky:
So don’t be a snob, Billy!

Billy:
Fine!

(Billy walks up to the “Canadian Quilt” touch screen in the “Belonging” exhibit.)

Narrator:
Once you arrive in a new place like Canada, you hope to feel a sense of belonging – that you’re connected in some way to your new country. What did you type into the Canadian Quilt, Billy?

Billy:
“Discovering!”

Narrator:
Nice. And Billy keeps on discovering as he moves through the Hall. (Cut to “Citizenship Test Table”) He tests his knowledge of Canada in a citizenship exam. (cut to “BMO Oral History Gallery”) He listens to first-hand stories of actual immigrants, (cut to “Building Heritage”) and he learns how they helped build our country. (cut to Billy painting at the “Suitcase Project”) He even decorates his own miniature immigration suitcase.

(Billy holds his up – he has decorated it green like William's.)

Billy:
It’s a replica of great-grandpa’s trunk! Isn’t it adorable?

Narrator:
It sure is. At the Museum, you can touch, listen, see and smell to experience how (pan across “Impact” section of the Hall) different waves of immigration to Canada have had an impact on everything around us, from our favourite pastimes to our global palate.

(An excited Billy pops into frame with Joe: they rhyme like Dr. Seuss.)

Billy:
Joe, can you smell the exotic cuisine?

Joe Otter:
Me, I prefer an old-fashioned poutine…

(Billy rolls his eyes, and they pop out.)

Billy:
Ugh!

Narrator:
Sure, we’re all different, (cut to “Customs and Traditions”) but it’s our diversity that makes up the vast quilt of Canadian Identity – our tastes, our customs and our traditions.

(Billy and Joe take a selfie at the “Our Canada” display. Their photo appears on the wall.)

Joe Otter:
Salut, Billy!
(Joe exits)

Billy:
So long, Joe. À bientôt !

(Billy’s mini-suitcase starts to emit a green glow and pops to full size.)

Narrator:
Um… Billy, you might want to look into that.

Billy:
Hm?
(Billy opens the suitcase and gasps)
It’s a branch from the Secret Wreath!

(He reaches in and disappears in a green flash.)

Billy:
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

Narrator:
Looks like Billy’s migrated to his next episode. So come to The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, and dive into your own adventure!

(Iris to black)

Billy:
Hello? He-lloooo?