IMMIGRATION TO CANADA
Students will be able to…
- Explore and identify the reasons why survivors migrated to Canada
- Understand the advantages and struggles many survivors endured upon settling in Canada
- Collect, analyze, and report on information gathered from Holocaust survivor testimony
If the classroom is not conducive to stations, small groups of students can view the testimonies and read through the supplemental materials on their own.
ACTIVITY: IMMIGRATION STATIONS
Canada is a country comprised primarily of immigrants and their descendants. As a result, many people have a story of their arrival in Canada.
You will be creating a chart to compare the immigrant experiences of different Holocaust survivors. On one side of the chart, write the names of the Holocaust survivors whose testimonies you view. Along the second side of the chart, create a list of factors that influence or affect immigration such as: push factors (reasons for leaving), pull factors (reasons for choosing Canada), country of origin, year of arrival, route to Canada, etc.
You will view a selection of testimonies to explore the push and pull factors that these survivors experienced.
EXTENSION: WAR ORPHANS DISCOVERY KITS
Contact the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre to borrow one of their discovery kits titled Journey to Canada: The War Orphans Project, 1947 – 1949.
Contact groups in your community that provide services to refugees, such as The Government of Canada Immigration and Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Ottawa for more information. Interview a refugee worker. Find out why refugees flee their homelands and what challenges they face in Canada.
Explore The Government of Canada Immigration and Citizenship website for information describing Canada’s immigration policies and procedures today. Choose one of the following options:
- Write a letter to the Government of Canada Immigration and Citizenship about Canada’s responsibility towards refugees or to a newspaper editor
- Design a poster outlining contributions made by immigrants and refugees who have come to Canada