Other Community Projects

Montreal internment receiving station during First World War Courtesy of the A. Humphrey collection, Canadian First World War internment Recognition Fund

Eager Immigrants, Reluctant Host: Croatian Immigration to Canada, 1896 to 1960

Recipient: Canada-Croatia Chamber of Commerce, Toronto

This project explores how Croatians were affected by historical immigration restrictions and wartime measures applied in Canada. The chamber published a comprehensive research report to educate Canadians about how immigration policies influenced the immigrant dynamic throughout the twentieth century. The report, in English and Croatian, was made available to the National Library of Canada, the Library of Parliament, provincial legislative libraries, postsecondary institutions, museum libraries, Croatian libraries, and cultural centres throughout North America.

Beyond the Gardens’ Wall: The Asian Immigrant Workers of Tod Inlet

Recipient: Grayhound Information Services, Metcalfe, Ontario

This documentary tells the story of the Chinese and Indian Sikh immigrants who arrived in the early 1900s to work at the cement quarry of Tod Inlet, a since‑vanished community that is now the site of Butchart Gardens, near Victoria, British Columbia. The film, Beyond the Gardens’ Wall, shows the harsh impact of two restrictive Canadian immigration regulations of the time: the Chinese Head Tax and the ’continuous journey’ provision of the Immigration Act of 1908, which prevented the entry of immigrants who had not travelled to Canada directly from their country of origin — a near‑impossible feat for Southeast Asians in that era.

The film documents the little‑known story of two different immigrant cultures living in the same town at a time when racism was leading to rampant discrimination in British Columbia. The film compares how the immigration restrictions affected the two groups and caused them similar hardships: bachelor communities, separation from wives and families and poor living and working conditions. Archival film, voices of workers from the past and new interviews with descendants of those workers  are used to tell family stories and emotional memories that reveal the personal impact of the immigration restrictions and the ability of affected individuals to rise above the challenges.

An educational package was developed containing curriculum notes, background articles, maps and photographs.


Canada Apologizes: A New Book Series for Teachers and Students

Recipient: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Halifax

Each of the books in this non-fiction series for teens focuses on one of the events for which Canada has apologized or offered official recognition of past wrongs: the internment of Italian-Canadians during the Second World War, and the Chinese Head Tax. The books can be used as support material for high school curricula across the country.



Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund

The Government of Canada established the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund to support projects that commemorate the experience of all affected communities during that period. The fund is managed by the Shevchenko Foundation.

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