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Media Release
June 16, 2016
Halifax, NS

Pier 21 Welcomes Two of Canada’s
Best Known Authors on British Home Children

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is delighted to welcome authors Lori Oschefski and Beryl Young. The two authors will come together on June 21st at 10 a.m. to share the story of the British Home Children followed by a Q&A.

Between 1863 and 1940, over 100,000 children emigrated from Great Britain to Canada to become indentured farm labourers and domestics. Motivated by social and economic forces, churches and philanthropic organizations sent orphaned and pauper children to Canada in hopes that they would have a better future. Although many of the children were poorly treated, others experienced a better life.

Quick Facts

  • Ms. Lori Oschefski is a Genealogical Researcher, whose work is recognized worldwide. She is the Founder and CEO of the British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association and the author of Bleating of the Lambs, Canada’s British Home Children.
  • Ms. Beryl Young is a children’s author who wrote the bestseller, Charlie: a Home Child’s Life in Canada. This book depicts the story of her father who immigrated to Canada at the age of 13.

Quote

"We are honoured to host this thought-provoking talk featuring two of Canada’s best known authors on British Home Children. Ms. Oschefski and Ms. Young’s in-depth knowledge on these children will allow us to gain a better understanding on this chapter of the Canadian immigration history."

- Marie Chapman, CEO, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

This event is open to media. Please contact Stéphanie Comeau in advance to schedule interviews with the keynote speaker.

Media Contact

Stéphanie Comeau
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
(902) 425-7770 ext. 264
scomeau@pier21.ca