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Peering Through Pier 21
Billy Mink Bounces Back Through Halifax’s Great Gateway

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(Billy Mink’s 3 Red Spruce branches magically pull him along, like a divination stick.)

Transcript:

Narrator:
Billy Mink is drawn down to the Halifax Seaport, after having discovered two more branches from The Secret Wreath of Picea Rubens.

Billy:
If it’s so “secret”, how come you know about it?

Narrator:
I’m the narrator. I know everything.

Billy:
Then tell me where I’m supposed to go next…
(yanked out of frame)
Yipes!

Narrator:
The branches are pulling Billy to the roots of his family tree,
(cut to museum entrance)
which he’s about to uncover at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

(Cut to Billy indoors, being rapidly drawn into the Scotiabank Family History Centre.)

Billy:
Whoa, branches, whoa!

(Cut to Billy at a computer terminal.)

Narrator:
At the Scotiabank Family History Centre,
Billy digs through the archives and discovers that his great-grandfather,
William H. Minky, passed through this Great Gateway to Canada.

(William H. Minky appears beside him, as a hologram, hand on Billy’s shoulder.)

Billy:
Great-grandpa? You came through here?

William H. Minky:
I sure did, William.

(Archival aerial shot of Pier 21. Cut to Billy peering through binoculars, looking out at
sea. Cut to Billy’s binocular POV, now in sepia, as an ocean liner sails in.)

Narrator:
And so did almost one million other immigrants, refugees, war brides, and displaced
persons between 1928 and 1971. They came on ocean liners from many different
countries, sailing across the Atlantic to start a new life in Canada. What do you see, Billy?

Billy Voice-Over:
He’s in his cabin on the ship, looking a little seasick, actually. His trunk is all packed up.

(Shot of the trunk with “W.H.Minky” painted on it. Cut to Minky and silhouettes
of many other immigrants, going through various stages of customs and immigration.)

Billy Voice-Over:
He’s stepping off the ship…into this hallway… and into a crowded room.

Narrator:
To clear immigration and customs. You had to pass a medical inspection, too.

Billy Voice-Over:
Now he’s at a small grocery counter buying food.

Narrator:
Food that many immigrants found very unfamiliar… and expensive!

William H. Minky:
Twelve cents?! That’s highway robbery!

Billy:
He’s family, alright! Ah, there’s his trunk being loaded onto a train… to where?

Narrator:
To Montreal, where he’ll soon fall in love with your great-grandmother Marguerite.

Billy:
I’m part French? Sacré-bleu!

(Billy holds up his comm device, and Joe Otter’s face appears.)

Joe Otter:
Ben oui!

Narrator:
Every immigrant on this train is travelling across Canada in what are called ‘colonist cars’. They’re excited, but anxious about how their new life will play out.

(Cut to a chess match, still in sepia, between William H. Minky and a young girl.)

William H. Minky:
Check mate? Again? Arrgh!

Billy:
Who’s that girl?

Narrator:
That’s Ausma Levalds, an 8-year refugee from Latvia who was named “50,000th Displaced Person” in Canada. You can go find out more about her, and all the other
amazing stories at Pier 21.

Billy:
Goodbye, great-grandpa! Thanks for… well… making me!

(William H. Minky smiles and winks at his great grandson. Billy races off to go explore.)

Narrator:
And for the next hour, Billy has a blast operating a telegraph, dressing up in costume, and looking through a Dutch kist.

Billy:
This place is awesome!

(Heading into the hallway)

Narrator:
And you’ve only seen half! Tune in next time, when Billy explores 400 years of history in the Canadian Immigration Hall! N’est-ce pas, Monsieur Mink?

(Pan across the lobby)

Billy:
Ben oui!

(In broken French)