January 11, 2016

Canada: a nation of immigrants

Coming to Canada: Building a Life in a New Land
by Susan Hughes

For hundreds of years, people have been coming to Canada from all over the world. Without them, we would not have the country and the diversity that we have now. This book reminds us of all the immigrants who helped shape our society from the French and British who founded the Maritimes, the African-Americans fleeing slavery, the Chinese and Italians who built our railways, the Ukrainians and Icelanders who settled the west, and to the refugees fleeing war from Vietnam, Hungary, or Somalia.

Stories of a welcoming Canada are tempered with accounts of discrimination and exclusion, with no mention of the Native Canadians who were already here. But the book serves as good way of showing why people emigrate and why we should continue to welcome them.

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