CHRP Project List

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP)

“On June 22, 2006, the Government of Canada announced the Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP) and the National Historical Recognition Program to commemorate and educate Canadians about the historical experiences and contributions of ethno-cultural communities affected by wartime measures and immigration restrictions that were applied in Canada.

CHRP has funded community-based commemorative and educational projects that provide recognition of the experiences of ethno-cultural communities affected by historical wartime measures and/or immigration restrictions applied in Canada, and that promote these communities’ contributions to building Canada.

Chinese-Canadian Projects

Recipient: Arti-Smoking Corporation. Toronto, ON
Title of Project: Rocky Railway High
Summary:
Arti-Smoking Corporation will create a hands-on interactive art project about Chinese railway workers, with features such as a series of multi-media artworks (photographs, paintings, digital media, etc.), 5,000 pieces of artwork and writings collected from the public, a blog, and a documentary video.

The project will bring attention to the effects of the Head Tax and Exclusion Act on Chinese railway workers, their families, and the Chinese-Canadian community. It will enhance awareness and recognition of the contributions of Chinese railway workers, and bring closure to the Chinese-Canadian community by honouring those that perished under the often dangerous conditions while the CPR was being built.

Arti-Smoking Corporation will travel by train and bicycle along the sections of the railway constructed by Chinese workers in the Rockies, Alberta, and British Columbia. The goal is to capture the stories of early Chinese pioneers by visiting the historical sites and regions where they resided and worked. The trip will begin in Alberta and end at a cemetery where Chinese railway workers were buried in Victoria, BC.
http://www.rockyrailwayhigh.com/
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Recipient: Canadian (Ont.) Chinese Broadcast Inc. (CCB). Toronto, ON
Title of Project: Head Tax Project
Summary:
The Chinese Canadian Broadcast (CCB) will create and broadcast a comprehensive thirteen episode radio program to be aired weekly in Mandarin and Cantonese that will chronicle the lives and contributions of early Chinese Canadians, the history and impact of the Chinese Head Tax, and efforts made by this community to obtain redress. To complement the awareness generated by the broadcasts, the CCB will organize a commemoration event in Toronto on June 21, 2010, to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the Government of Canada’s apology for the Chinese Head Tax. The broadcast will reach Chinese Canadians and new Chinese immigrants to Canada. DVDs of the broadcast will be made available to immigrants. This project will foster a deeper understanding of the history of those who arrived before them and will help Chinese immigrants better integrate and adapt to their new country.
http://www.ccbradio.ca/
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Recipient: Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society (CCMMS). Vancouver, BC
Title of Project: Loyalty Despite Legislated Restrictions: Chinese Canadian Veteran History
Summary:
The Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society (CCMMS) of Vancouver, British Columbia will undertake a project entitled, Loyalty Despite Legislated Restrictions: Chinese Canadian Veteran History.

The goal of the project is to create an exhibition illustrating the impacts of the Head Tax, Exclusion Act, and discrimination on Chinese-Canadian war veterans and their families. CCMMS will conduct research and interviews with 27 veterans to document their histories. The resulting exhibition and accompanying booklet will include collected photographs, Head Tax papers and other documentation, medals, military uniforms, and other artifacts. The photos and interviews will be digitized and housed by the University of British Columbia archival portal.
http://www.ccmms.ca/features/chinese-canadian-veterans-loyalty-to-country/
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Recipient: Chinese Canadian National Council, Toronto Chapter. Toronto, ON
Title of Project: Asian Heritage Month Youth Toolkits About the Chinese Head Tax
Summary:
The Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) will undertake a 12 month project entitled, Asian Heritage Month Youth Toolkits About the Chinese Head Tax, a program designed to educate youth and increase their understanding about the Chinese Head Tax and how this legislation affected Chinese immigrants, their families, and the Chinese-Canadian community.

CCNCTO will work with Chinese youth to develop a toolkit describing how to organize an Asian Heritage Month event about the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act in their schools. The project will provide an opportunity to learn about this history in a way that will engage youth from the Chinese community in a much deeper way, as they will be responsible for researching and teaching this material to other students. Youth participants will test, pilot, and evaluate the toolkit materials in their school or community.

The toolkit materials will be developed in English and Chinese so that the information is easily accessible to teachers, youth, newcomer Chinese youth, and Chinese parents. CCNCTO will develop an online resource kit.
http://www.ccnctoronto.ca/?q=node/378
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Recipient: Chinese Canadian National Council for Equality (CCNC)
Title of Project: “Our Stories” Head Tax Education Project
Summary:
CCNC is launching the “Our Stories” Head Tax Education Project to recognize the contributions and to commemorate the experiences of Chinese Canadian communities affected by the Chinese Head Tax, Newfoundland Head Tax, and Chinese Exclusion Act, and to educate Canadians about these experiences.

CCNC will be creating a web-site which will include an online national community portal, archive and library, resources and tools for genealogy research. The special web-features will include stories from the head tax families living on the Prairies and in the North, the Atlantic experience, youth essays and a new video on the paper sons. A traveling photo-exhibit will be created and installed in Vancouver and Montreal. CCNC will produce a commemorative book to illustrate the history of Chinese Canadian communities and the Head Tax redress campaign.

This national project will feature the personal stories from head tax families as they recount the efforts by Chinese Canadians to establish their communities during the Chinese Head Tax, Newfoundland Head Tax, and Chinese Exclusion Act eras.
http://www.ccnc.ca/
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Recipient: Chinese Christian Mission of Canada (CCM). Vancouver, BC
Title of Project: The “Ugly Ducklings.” Stories of Transformation among Chinese Canadians
Summary:
The CCM will collect information and stories of Chinese Canadians affected by the Head Tax and Exclusion Act. It will use archival materials and oral histories to document the historical role of Christian churches in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in their outreach to Chinese immigrants who were viewed as undesirable. Discriminated against and segregated from mainstream society, early Chinese immigrants were confined in ethnic ghettos. Missionaries helped Chinese immigrants in mission stations set up in Chinatowns. For example, many Chinese immigrants used the services to receive an education and move beyond their social confinement towards integration into Canadian society.

This project involves both archival research and oral history interviews. Archival research will include historic Chinese church and family records, denominational publications and records, as well as university and public archives. The project will also dig into stories of pioneer Chinese Christian professionals as told by their descendants. The results of the research will be digitized for inclusion in the University of British Columbia’s online portal, which will house materials developed by organizations receiving CHRP funding. The information will be transformed into a “portable photo exhibit” for the general public, including non-English speaking Chinese immigrants.
http://www.ccmcanada.org/index_eng.htm
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Recipient: Chinese Graduates Association of Alberta. Edmonton, AB
Title of Project: Lost Years: The Chinese Canadian Struggle for Justice
Summary:
The Chinese Graduates Association of Alberta (CGAA), in partnership with Lost Years Production Inc., will create a two part documentary mini series, entitled Lost Years: The Chinese Canadian Struggle for Justice. The two hour mini series will: document the stories and recollections touching upon the outgoing Lieutenant Governor of Alberta; and examine the impact of modern day redress efforts for the Chinese Head Tax in Canada and how they sparked relationships with the Chinese community in New Zealand, who were seeking their own redress for a comparable historical restriction on Chinese immigration, the Toll Tax.
http://www.lostyears.ca/
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Recipient: Eastern Ontario Hoy Sun Association (EOHSA). Kanata, ON
Title of Project: A Historical Brief of Chinese Canadians in Ottawa
Summary:
The Eastern Ontario Hoy Sun Association (EOHSA) will publish, through written and photographic collections, the historical experiences of Chinese Canadians in Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal, as well as in Vancouver and Calgary, where the EOHSA’s sister organizations are located. The goal is to educate the public and future generations about the sacrifices and accomplishments of these Chinese workers and the impact on these communities of the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act.

EOHSA will conduct research including interviews, and then assemble the most pertinent texts and photographs recounting the history of these Chinese-Canadian families. The collection will be donated to a repository at the University of British Columbia’s Digital Library. The stories will describe the monumental challenges and invaluable achievements of these Chinese pioneers in order to ensure the safekeeping of this piece of Chinese-Canadian history, and create an educational resource for researchers and future generations.
http://eohsa.org/
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Recipient: The Chinese Neighbourhood Society (CNS)/Amitie Chinoise de Montreal (ACM). Montreal, QC.
Title of Project: Play n’ Learn: An Interactive, Multimedia Learning Experience About the CHT
Summary:
The Chinese Neighbourhood Society (CNS)/Amitie Chinoise de Montreal (ACM) will educate individuals, in particular children ages 8 to 16, and raise awareness about Chinese-Canadian history by developing an interactive multimedia learning platform that will be distributed in DVD format and accessible online in English, French, Mandarin, and Cantonese. The platform will be an instant response, personalized learning system built upon an integrated gaming and learning environment. It will have different levels of challenge and will use a combination of text, audio, video, and graphic images.

Designed to be fun, exciting, and educationally stimulating, it will raise awareness, educate, and test individuals on the history of Chinese communities in Canada. In addition, a collection of video interviews and written articles from the descendants of Head Tax payers will be developed in DVD format and made available online for download from CNS’s website, also available in four languages. The digitized stories will be shared with the University of British Columbia which is developing a comprehensive Chinese Head Tax portal under a separate agreement with CHRP. The portal will house materials developed with CHRP funding related to the Chinese Head Tax, the redress movement, and the contributions of Chinese Canadians to building Canada.
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Recipient: The Firehall Theatre Society. Vancouver, BC
Title of Project: “Empress of Asia” Development and Production of a Play
Previous Title: Siu Yeh – A Midnight Snack – Development and Production of a Play
Summary:
The Firehall Theatre Society in Vancouver, British Columbia, will support the development and workshop production of Larry Wong’s two act play: Empress of Asia.

The play introduces audiences to characters from Vancouver’s Chinatown during the 1940s-50s and illustrates the effects of the Head Tax and restrictive immigration laws on Chinese Canadians.
The play will be performed in two workshops of 2-3 days each. There will be 4 workshop performances where the public will be invited to attend. Audience members will be asked to provide their feedback, impressions, and suggestions. At the end of this project the Firehall Theatre Society will have a full length play ready for publication and production. The play will then be published as a chapbook for distribution to other theatre companies in Canada, the U.S., and Great Britain. The Firehall Theatre Society will mount a professional production of the work and will solicit support from other theatre companies.

This project provides members of the Chinese-Canadian community with a unique opportunity to shape Mr. Wong’s play, a dramatic vehicle for commemorating their historical experiences in Canada, and an opportunity for a wider audience to share in these experiences.
http://firehallartscentre.ca/onstage/staged-reading-empress-of-asia/
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Recipient: Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada. Islington, ON
Title of Project: The Ties that Bind: With Canada’s National Dream Came the Chinese Immigrants
Summary:
The Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada will create a website consisting of an online exhibit and educational kit and a short video. Together, these will chronicle the unique experiences of early Chinese immigrants recruited to Canada to complete the last phase of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and how the Chinese Head Tax and Chinese Immigration Act affected the lives of their descendants. The project will be relevant to community organizations, schools, new immigrants, and the general public. The website and video will be used as resource tools by elementary school teachers and high school teachers who teach history, civics or social study classes. An educational kit featuring lesson plans and a teacher’s guide will accompany the online exhibit. Youth will gain a better understanding and appreciation for the experiences of the Chinese Canadians who worked to complete the CPR while building a new life in Canada under the effects of the Chinese Head Tax and Chinese Immigration Act, and the contributions made by their descendants to Canada.
http://mhso.ca/tiesthatbind/
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Recipient: Kamloops Chinese Cultural Association. Kamloops, BC
Title of Project: Pioneers and Founders – 150 Years of Chinese History in Kamloops, British Columbia
Summary:
The Kamloops Chinese Cultural Association will publish, through written and photographic collections, the intriguing 150 year history of the hundreds of pioneer Chinese families in Kamloops and the central interior of British Columbia, and the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act and Head Tax on this vibrant community.

The goal is to educate the public and future generations about the sacrifices and accomplishments of these Chinese workers, their perseverance through the Fraser River Gold Rush and construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway line, and their continuing contributions to the development of British Columbia despite the challenges of the Chinese Exclusion Act and Head Tax.

The collection will be donated to a repository at the University of British Columbia’s Digital Library. The stories will describe the monumental challenges and invaluable achievements of these Chinese pioneers in order to ensure the safekeeping of this piece of Chinese-Canadian history, and create an educational resource for younger and future generations, as well as researchers.
http://www.chinesecultural.ca/Rocky_Railway/rocky.html
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Recipient: Media Monkey Productions, Inc. Cobourg, ON
Title of Project: Operation Oblivion
Summary:
Through an online and permanent exhibit, as well as a national television broadcast in English and Chinese, this project explores the contributions of some of the 600 Chinese Canadians who volunteered to serve in the military in World War II, despite being denied citizenship, voting rights, access to professions, and often separated from their families, all due to the Chinese Exclusion Act.

Beyond archiving the stories of these men and women, many of whose families were also victimized by the Head Tax, the project will raise awareness and contextualize these stories for all Canadians, and promote a presence of their experiences at the national Canadian War Museum. Using rare archival footage and materials and new interviews, little known stories from war veterans will be recounted, such as the exploits of the Chinese-Canadian “Dirty Dozen,” who trained for Operation Oblivion, a mission they were not expected to survive, and the story of Force 136 commandoes who went to Borneo to find Japanese forces that refused to surrender and convince them to repatriate.

Organized in collaboration with Chinese-Canadian community centres, the documentary film Operation Oblivion will be screened in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, and Halifax.
http://www.mediamonkey.ca/
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Recipient: Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic. Toronto, ON
Title: The Historical Use of Laws as a Tool for Discrimination and the Legal Response to Legislated Racism – The Case of Chinese in Canada
Summary:
Over a period of 12 months, the Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic will create a web-based educational program in English and Chinese about the historical use of legislation in discrimination against Chinese immigrants in Canada, including the Chinese Head Tax and Chinese Immigration Act, while at the same time recognizing the historical contributions made by members of the legal profession who challenged the discriminatory laws.

Title of Project: Historical Use of the Law as a Tool for Discrimination against Chinese Canadians – Phase 2
Summary:
The Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (MTCSALC) will carry out Phase two of a project entitled, “Historical Use of the Law as a Tool for Discrimination Against Chinese Canadians.”
Phase two ensures that Canadians become aware of this important part of Canadian history by making the project’s website accessible in three languages (English, French, and Chinese). It also enriches the website and makes it more youth-friendly, a need that was identified during Phase one to extend the project’s impact beyond legal and academic circles. The website will cover historical legislation at all levels of government in all provinces, as well as court cases from all levels including the Supreme Court of Canada; it will have the potential to be used as a comprehensive teaching tool in schools and other learning institutions.
http://mtcsalc.org/en/
http://www.roadtojustice.ca/
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Recipient: Ming Sun Benevolent Society. Vancouver, BC
Title of Project: Canada’s History, Eh!? The Chinese Canadians
Summary:
Ming Sun Benevolent Society will produce a graphic novel telling the story of the Chinese-Canadian experience from the 1800s to present date. It will be written and caricatured by David Wong, and geared to teenagers and young adults as an alternative to textbooks or online information. The comic book will be a collection of tales and past historic events narrated in an illustrated format. It focuses on the Vancouver Chinese-Canadian experience, but addresses issues that are shared by members of the community nationally. The plot and characters will be developed to touch, in particular, on the personal stories of the community under the Head Tax and Immigration Act and other historic events. It will provide creative responses to the exclusionary legislation, the official government apology, family re-unification, paper sons and orphaned families, Aboriginal-Chinese mixed marriages, and local heroes.
http://www.arsenalpulp.com/
http://www.generasian.ca/
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Recipient: Multicultural History Society of Ontario. Toronto, ON
Title of Project: Chinese Canadian Women, Obstacles and Accomplishments From 1923-1967
Summary:
The Multicultural History Society of Ontario will create a website to showcase the obstacles and accomplishments of Chinese-Canadian women from the introduction of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1923 to 1967. The website will consist of an online exhibit including Chinese-Canadian women recounting their personal experiences, a database containing photographs, interviews and other archival material, lesson plans, and a guide for teachers to be used with the exhibit, games based on the life experiences of Chinese-Canadian women the Society has interviewed, and contests and “how to’s.” The project will provide a permanent, comprehensive archive for educators and youth, Chinese Canadians, first generation immigrants, and the general public. The project offers Canadians across generations and of diverse backgrounds opportunities to become educated and to celebrate how Chinese women laid the groundwork for a vibrant community, establishing schools, cultivating allies, and creating businesses. Chinese-Canadian women and their descendants in particular will feel commemorated, and that their past experiences have been recognized.
http://www.mhso.ca/exhibits.html
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Recipient: Newfoundland and Labrador Head Tax Redress Organization. St. John’s, NL
Title of Project: Newfoundland Chinese Head Tax Education Project
Summary:
The Newfoundland and Labrador Head Tax Redress Organization (NLHRO) will promote awareness of and education on the Newfoundland Head Tax, its impact on the Chinese-Canadian community, and the contributions of pioneering Chinese immigrants who made the Dominion of Newfoundland and Labrador their home. It will produce a series of complementary products and events to reach its target audiences, Chinese Canadians, students, and the general public, and maintain their interest in this important historical issue.

The project will include a trilingual website (English, French, and traditional Chinese) to house an online exhibit of short videos, photographs, archives, and articles about the Newfoundland Head Tax and the contributions of the early Newfoundland and Labrador Chinese. To augment the profile of this issue, the NLHRO will develop a permanent monument in downtown St. John’s, and the coinciding launch of a temporary museum exhibit. The project will provide opportunities for commemoration and will contribute to the education of Canadians on the untold, largely unknown stories of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Chinese community.
http://ccs.library.ubc.ca/en/CHRP/NLHT/index.html?iframe=true&width=850&height=700
http://nlhro.com/
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Recipient: Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre (OCCSC). Ottawa, ON
Title of Project: OCCSC Historical Project: Telling the Stories of Families in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario affected by the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Acts
Summary:
The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre (OCCSC) will publish the stories of Chinese-Canadian families and communities in Ottawa and the surrounding area affected by the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act. Five hundred (500) copies of the book will be available in print in Chinese and English; the book will also be digitized and made available online.

The stories will appear in a book to commemorate OCCSC’s 35th Anniversary; they will also be digitized and donated to a repository available to the public at the University of British Columbia’s Digital Library. The digitized stories and audio recordings will describe the monumental challenges and invaluable achievements of these Chinese pioneers in order to guarantee the safekeeping of this piece of Chinese-Canadian history, and create an educational resource for future generations and researchers.
http://occsc.org/?lang=en
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Recipient: Productions Multi-Monde Inc. Montreal, PQ
Title of Project: The Head Tax, What’s That?
Summary:
PMM will produce a one-hour documentary film examining how young Sino Quebecois view the issue of the Head Tax and Exclusion Act (HTEA) today and how they will keep this issue and the lessons to be drawn from it alive and relevant to their peers in the decades to come. A team of young Sino Quebecois filmmakers will follow their peers to explore the effects and impact of the HTEA on their families as well as on the wider Chinese-Canadian community in Quebec. The film, available in French and English, will be in five chapters that can be used together or independently by teachers and other educators. PMM, together with the youth filmmakers, will tour the film Quebec-wide in schools and community centres and engage viewers in question and answer periods.

The project takes as a starting point PMM’s groundbreaking film, Moving the Mountain (MTM), produced by William Ging Wee Dere and Malcolm Guy in the early 90s. This film revealed the significant impact of the HTEA on members of the Chinese community and on Canadian society and emphasized the long and intense struggle for justice which has led to some recent victories. This project begins where MTM left off by focusing on the next generation of Sino Quebecois youth and how the effects of the HTEA influence their vision of family and Quebec society.
http://www.pmm.qc.ca/english/
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Recipient: Richmond Gateway Theatre Society. Richmond, BC
Title of Project: Forbidden Phoenix
Summary:
Richmond Gateway will produce Forbidden Phoenix, a musical fable written by Martin Chan with music and lyrics by Robert Walsh to commemorate the experiences of Chinese-Canadian immigrants. This fable set in the late 1800s about the influx of Chinese during the building of the railroad which resulted in the Head Tax and the Chinese Immigration Act consists of a fusion of Peking Opera, martial arts, acrobatic and western musical theatre. The goal is to tell a Chinese-Canadian story through performance and bring the historical context to students and the general public through outreach and talkbacks. Forbidden Phoenix uses the classic Chinese myth of the Monkey King as a metaphor for Chinese immigrants coming to Canada to work on the railroad, with a 10-piece orchestra playing both Western and Asian instruments.
https://www.gatewaytheatre.com/
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Recipient: St. Mary’s University (SMU). Halifax, NS
Title of Project: Early Chinese History in the Maritimes
Summary:
SMU will gather stories on the effects of the Exclusion Act and Head Tax on children born after the Act was repealed in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI. The project will gather oral histories in rural areas of the Maritimes – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI – as well as old photographs and artifacts.

SMU will work in collaboration with the University of British Columbia for recording, digitizing, and archiving the material, including the oral histories, on the UBC archival portal.
http://ccs.library.ubc.ca/en/CHRP/GRI/index.html?iframe=true&width=850&height=700
http://www.smu.ca/
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Recipient: Simon Fraser University (Learning and Instructional Development Centre). Vancouver, BC
Title of Project: Reconciliation Day
Summary:
The Learning and Instructional Development Centre of Simon Fraser University will create a comprehensive and interactive educational program in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin consisting of a learning package, interactive website, and documentary film. This comprehensive educational program will examine the impact of the Head Tax imposed on Chinese immigrants, will place the broader immigration legislation affecting Chinese Canadians in context with the current reconciliation policy, and will highlight the contributions that the Chinese-Canadian community has made to building Canada. Educators of high schools and elementary schools within the Vancouver Lower Mainland will have a cutting edge learning tool that could potentially reach as many as 114,000 students. To impact a broader audience, the Chinese-Canadian community and the general public will air the video documentary on Fairchild TV, which will be viewed.
http://www.lidc.sfu.ca/socialjusticeeducation/
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Recipient: Stitch Media, Inc. Halifax, NS
Title of Project: We Stand on Guard for Thee
Summary:
Stitch Media will create a documentary film and an interactive web portal to accompany the documentary. This three-part high definition documentary series called Redress Remix will be aired on OMNI television and at film festivals in English. Primarily using narrated animation, powerful interviews, and selected archival footage, this documentary will span the country to tell the story of Chinese Canadians whom the Chinese Head Tax and the Chinese Immigration Act and their perseverance to obtain redress from the government affected. The interactive portal “We Stand Interactive,” funded by the Bell New Media and Broadcast Fund, will give users the capability to navigate into certain scenes of the documentary to learn even more about the events and era portrayed via a 360 degree panorama view. The film and interactive portal are targeted to educate Canadian youth, ages 18 to 35.
http://www.redressremix.ca/ – /splash
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Recipient: Toronto Community and Culture Centre. Toronto, ON
Title: Youth Education on Chinese Head Tax – Phase 1
Summary:
Toronto Community and Culture Centre (TCCC) will undertake a program designed to educate and increase understanding among Chinese-Canadian youth, particularly from the Mandarin community in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), about the Chinese Head Tax and how this legislation affected Chinese immigrants and the Chinese-Canadian community. The 12-month educational program will consist of five workshops with powerful speakers, including three descendants of Head Tax payers and one Head Tax payer, who will share their memories and experiences, and a lawyer who will address the Chinese Head Tax policy and its impact on Canadian human rights law.

Summary:
Toronto Community and Culture Centre (TCCC) will undertake an educational program entitled Youth Education on Chinese Head Tax – Phase 2, designed to educate and increase understanding among Chinese Canadian youth, particularly newcomers from the Fujian Province, China, on the Chinese Head Tax and the historical experiences of Chinese Canadians.

The program will target 75 high school students. It will consist of three workshops with powerful guest speakers, including two descendants of Head Tax payers who will share their memories and experiences, and a lawyer who will address the Chinese Head Tax policy and its impact on the Canadian human rights law. To build upon the respect gained from their newly acquired knowledge and understanding of the experiences of Chinese immigrants, youth participants will tour the Monument of Chinese Railway Workers in Toronto.
http://ccs.library.ubc.ca/en/CHRP/YouthEd/index.html?iframe=true&width=850&height=700
http://www.tcccto.com/drupal51/
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Recipient: University of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC
Title of Project: One-Stop Portal Website and Online Accessible Digital Archive for Chinese Canadian Projects Produced for CHRP
Summary:
The University of British Columbia (UBC) will undertake a project, entitled One-Stop Portal Website and Online Accessible Digital Archive for Chinese-Canadian Projects Produced for CHRP. This signature project will address the need identified by Chinese-Canadian organizations to create a single major repository of information about the Chinese Head Tax including stories/testimonials collected by fellow CHRP grant holders, and to make these resources available for posterity, both in material form and within a world class digital portal hosted by UBC. The project includes four complementary components:
a bilingual portal website;
a searchable digital archive accessible to the public via the portal;
two learning resources to use in tandem with the digital collections; and
three portable “Mobile Museum Kiosks” which will be installed in various locations in Ottawa, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, with content developed based on the information in the portal and archive, and updated regularly as new information is added..
http://chinesecanadian.ubc.ca/
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Recipient: University of British Columbia (INSTRCC). Vancouver, BC
Title of Project: Chinese Canadian Stories – Uncommon Histories from a Common Past
Summary:
The University of British Columbia (UBC) and its partner, the Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian Studies (INSTRCC), will undertake a project to directly engage a young generation of Chinese-Canadian students with members of their community, particularly elders, to conduct, through a series of four workshops and two symposia, oral history research and create and preserve the history and experiences of Chinese Canadians between 1885 and 1947 under the Chinese Head Tax and the Chinese Immigration Act. The students will use the recently digitized Head Tax Registers Database at Library and Archives Canada for research on early Chinese migration to Canada. All historical materials created from this project will be accessible to the public as part of the University’s library collections for generations to come.
http://chinesecanadian.ubc.ca/about/
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Recipient: University of Victoria. Victoria, BC
Title of the Project: Victoria’s Chinatown: A Gateway Project to the Past and Present of Chinese Canadians
Summary:
The University of Victoria (U of Vic) will create a web museum in English and Chinese that will preserve oral histories, documents, photographs and artifacts of Chinese-Canadians affected by the Head Tax and Exclusion Act in the first and largest Chinese settlement in Canada – Victoria’s Chinatown. The engaging and educational web museum will be showcased and housed on the U of Vic’s website and will also be part of the University of British Columbia’s national archival portal.
http://geography.uvic.ca/#Lai
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Recipient: Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT). Vancouver, BC
Title of Project: Red Letters
Summary:
The Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT) will produce and perform a musical production called Red Letters, composed by the Chinese-Canadian playwright, Alan Bau. This musical, in English with Mandarin subtitles on video screens, is an artistic depiction of the impact of the Chinese Head Tax and Chinese Immigration Act of 1923, as told through the life of one man, Liang, who leaves his wife behind in China to come to Canada, hoping to make a better life for them. It is the first commemorative and educational project on this subject using art. This project will assist in educating Canadians about this important episode in Canada’s history in an entertaining and easily comprehensible format, especially for younger audiences. Mandarin subtitles will ensure Asian Canadians and Chinese Canadians who may not be comfortable in the English language will be able to take in a theatre environment. Early generations of Chinese Canadians affected by the Chinese Head Tax and the Chinese Immigration Act will be honoured and recognized. For non Asian audiences, Canadian history told within a love story and a musical will attract their attention.
http://www.vact.ca/
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Recipient: Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra (VYSO). Vancouver, BC
Title of Project: Voices from Gold Mountain
Summary:
The Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra’s (VYSO) project, entitled Voices from Gold Mountain, involves creating an orchestral work, which will commemorate the impact of the Chinese Head Tax, and other immigration restrictions experienced by the Chinese Canadian community. British Columbia’s foremost youth orchestra, VYSO’s Senior Division (80 piece), will premiere the work and record it on CD and on video. One thousand copies will be made available for distribution to Chinese Canadian community organizations, settlement services agencies, and public libraries.
http://www.vyso.com/
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Recipient: Westman Chinese Association (WCA). Brandon, MA
Title of Project: Monument to the Western Chinese Immigrants and Head Tax Survivors
Summary:
WCA will erect a monument, hold an unveiling ceremony, and develop a brochure to commemorate the historical experiences of the Westman Chinese Settlers, who were affected by the Head Tax and Chinese Immigration Act, and to educate new and established Canadians.

The monument will promote both recognition and respect and will commemorate the Chinese-Canadian community in Manitoba. It will be erected in the Brandon cemetery, where many Head Tax payers are buried, and will face east towards the Head Tax Payers homeland in China. The monument will be a bronze Chinese coin, five feet in diameter, on a black granite base. The granite used for the base is from Manitoba and represents the solid foundation of Chinese Canadians in Manitoba and Canada. Engravings on the monument will depict the history of Chinese immigrants and of the Chinese Head Tax. The monument will not only be the centerpiece for the annual Brandon Ching-Ming Festival but the first opportunity for the community to commemorate the Chinese Head Tax.
http://www.westmanchinese.com/
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Recipient: Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre (WCCCC). Winnipeg, MB
Title of Project: Chinese Immigrants in Manitoba and the Making of Winnipeg’s Chinatown
Summary:
This project will conduct research and develop an electronic archive (digitizing and cataloguing oral histories, photographs) to raise awareness of the experiences of Chinese Canadians in Manitoba related to the Head Tax and Exclusion Act.
http://ccs.library.ubc.ca/en/CHRP/MCS/Five_Objects.html#2
http://www.wcccc.ca/
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Indo Canadian Projects

Recipient: Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA). Toronto, ON
Title of Project: South Asians in Canada – Building Our Legacy
Summary:
The primary purpose of this project is to educate Canadians, including newcomers, immigrants, and youth, on the history of the South Asian communities in Canada through recognition and remembrance of the Komagata Maru incident and the impact of immigration restrictions. Through this project, CASSA intends to create awareness around the challenges South Asians initially faced upon immigrating to Canada, as well as reflect on the advancements made in Canadian society in terms of charter rights, immigration policies, and social integration. The project will also engage members of diverse communities in documenting, sharing, and recognizing the contributions South Asians have made in Canada.

The project will use mainly creative arts/media tools such as creative writing, theatre, and digital media storytelling to engage youth who will be at the forefront of the project to self-educate, create awareness, inform, and engage other factions of Canadian society. A website and a booklet will be created to consolidate the history of the incident, as well as educate and widely distribute the information.
http://www.cassaonline.com
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Recipient: Grayhound Information Services. Metcalfe, ON
Title of Project: Dis-Immigration: Stemming the Flow from India, 1900 to 1914
Summary:
Grayhound Information Services will produce a 30-minute high definition documentary about Canada’s restrictions on immigration from India in the early 1900s. Concentrating on the years 1900 to 1914, the film will examine the political and social developments that impacted immigrants from India from the time of the first Sikhs who travelled across Canada to attend the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902, up to the Komagata Maru incident of 1914. Based on extensive research in Canadian archives and stories from descendants of Indian immigrants, this documentary will show how politicians and governments, encouraged by some Canadians, imposed restrictions on immigration from India
http://www.arcticgrayhound.ca/
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Recipient: Khalsa Diwan Society. Vancouver, BC
Title of Project: Komagata Maru Monument
Summary:
In a two-phased approach project, Khalsa Diwan Society will work in collaboration with an engineering company and with the Vancouver Parks Board to erect the first public monument dedicated to the Komagata Maru (KM) incident in Vancouver’s Harbour Green Park. A 6.5 acre waterfront park overlooking Coal Harbour, Harbour Green Park is the closest point to where the KM ship, carrying 376 East Indian passengers, was anchored for two months in 1914.

Housed at the Khalsa Diwan Society in Vancouver, the museum will showcase the full story of the KM incident including biographies of the people on the ship and the people involved in the KM story, immigration policies in the 1900’s, the aftermath of the KM incident both immediate and in the decades that followed, and Canadian today with a focus on Indo-Canadian experiences.
http://www.worldgurudwara.com/V4/641.asp
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Recipient: Peripheral Visions Film and Video Inc. Toronto, ON
Title of Project: The Komagata Maru Era – A book project
Summary:
Peripheral Visions will produce an illustrated hard covered book to bring to life the societal, cultural, political, and religious aspects of the story of the Komagata Maru. The text of The Komagata Maru Era will be based on the transcript of the award winning film Continuous Journey. High resolution scans from archival film footage will be printed for the first time to expand the limited repository of photographs of the events surrounding the Komagata Maru while it was in Vancouver harbour.

The first book to offer a South Asian Canadian perspective on the history of the Komagata Maru, this book will provide all Canadians, including young people and Canadians of South Asian descent, with a comprehensive account of the story of the Komagata Maru. Copies of the book will be distributed free of charge to schools, universities, colleges, and community centres with a high concentration of people of South Asian origin.
http://peripheralvisionblog.wordpress.com/
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Recipient: Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society. Surrey, BC
Title of Project: Reflections of a Century of South Asian Settlement in Canada
Summary:
The Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society will revise and republish the book, Beyond the Komagata Maru: Race Relations Today, with a focus on the educational system and the academic community. The book will include updated and additional content and will be translated into Punjabi.

As part of preparation for the book, members of the South Asian community will take part in story and information sharing workshops to contribute their personal accounts, family histories, and pictures related to the Komagata Maru incident and to their struggles and experiences in immigrating to British Columbia. The book will reflect the perspectives of people from different ethnic groups and different walks of life as they look back at this incident. The book will be made available to schools, public libraries, community centres, and the PICS Society’s seniors’ complex library.
http://www.pics.bc.ca/
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Recipient: Simon Fraser University (SFU). Vancouver, BC
Title of Project: The Komagata Maru Incident: Historical, Cultural and Political Context
Summary:
SFU will create a comprehensive website about the Komagata Maru incident, with features such as a scrapbook, interactive tools, and learning modules. The website will teach the Indo-Canadian community, educators, students, researchers, and all Canadians about this important episode in Canadian history. The project will bring together documents from the federal archives, BC, and Vancouver. A key feature of the website will be the integration of primary source materials from Hugh Johnston’s book, The Voyage of the Komagata Maru, an authoritative text about the KM that contains papers, legal documents, and photos. In addition, supplementary materials from or relating to that period will be digitized – books, photos, interviews, poetry, novels, artwork – from public and private collections. An online index to personal papers, photos, and reminiscences of the South Asian community, and links to related online resources will be included.
http://komagatamarujourney.ca/
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Recipient: Toronto Festival of Arts, Culture and Creativity (Luminato). Toronto, ON
Title of Project: The Komagata Maru Project
Summary:
Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity (Luminato) is partnering with award winning Indo-Canadian theatre director Ravi Jain and his company, Theatre Why Not, to develop a theatrical play about the Komagata Maru incident. The play will be debuted in February 2012, and will be performed in English, with Hindi and Punjabi elements.

Inspired in part by the documentary Continuous Journey by Ali Kazimi, the play will examine the history of Canada’s immigration policies and the stories behind the changing relationship between India and Canada. A cast of 5-8 performers of diverse backgrounds will incorporate movement, music, and drama into the play. It will be the first play of its kind to tell the story of the Komagata Maru from a South Asian perspective. The goal of the play is to keep the story of the Komagata Maru alive and relevant to media and present day policy discussions.
http://www.luminato.com/
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Italian-Canadian Projects

In May 2008, the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund was established with funding from the CHRP to support projects which commemorate and recognize the experiences of ethno-cultural communities affected by First World War internment.

The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko-a multilateral committee consisting of affected communities responsible for decisions on projects to be funded manages the fund.

Recipient: Association of Italian Canadian Writers. Stouffville, ON
Title of Project: A Multi-phased, Multi-disciplinary Examination of The Second World War Internment of Italian Canadians
Summary:
The AICW will produce two anthologies and two sets of magazine articles of new works on the internment of Italian Canadians during the Second World War. One book and one set of magazine articles will have an academic orientation: a collection of new, scholarly writings that focus on critical analysis of this event from various disciplinary perspectives. The second book and second set of magazine articles will have a creative focus. Works may include short fiction, memoirs, poetry, drama, and visual arts projects including photography, painting, sculpture, and multimedia. The publications will be made available and distributed widely in two formats: traditional print media and electronic media (web site, e-books, Facebook, YouTube).

This project will raise awareness about the complex issues surrounding the internment of Italian-Canadians during the Second World War by examining the internment and its aftermath from a wide range of perspectives.
http://www.aicw.ca/
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Recipient: Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association of Toronto. Toronto, ON
Title of Project: Piazza Petawawa: Capturing Traces of the Italian Canadian Internment During the Second World War
Summary:
The Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association of Toronto (CIBPA) will create a travelling exhibit about the internment of Italian Canadians during the Second World War. The exhibit will be comprised of 20 photographs mixing landscape shots of the internment camps with portraits of the internees, as they appeared then and as they appear today. Biographies and testimonies telling their compelling stories will accompany the portraits. Text describing the history of the internment will be provided to both commemorate the internees and educate others. The exhibit will be trilingual, in English, French, and Italian.
http://toronto.cibpa.com/
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Recipient: Columbus Centre. Toronto, ON
Title of Project: Italian Canadians as Enemy Aliens: Memories of World War II
Summary:
In partnership with the Multicultural History Society of Ontario (MHSO), the Centro Scuola e Cultura Italiana, the Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, and several universities and community groups across Canada, the Columbus Centre of Toronto will undertake a project to recognize and commemorate the internment of Italian Canadians during the Second World War, and to increase the knowledge of Canadians, particularly youth, about these events. The project’s products (recording testimonials from individuals affected by the internment across Canada; a comprehensive online inventory; a permanent exhibit on the internment at Columbus Centre; a commemorative wall featuring a complete list of the names of internees; and publication of an academic paper) will be widely promoted to the Italian Canadian community, school boards, and the general public through a major media campaign.
http://www.villacharities.com/main.asp?View=Columbus
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Recipient: Italian Canadian Community Centre of the National Capital Region Inc. Ottawa, ON
Title of Project: Community, Internment and War
Summary:
The project aims to increase the knowledge and understanding of the impact of the internment during the Second World War on the Italian-Canadian community and of their contributions to building a strong Canada during the Post War period, and contribute to healing and reconciliation amongst internee descendants. The ICCC will conduct research on the internment, install a commemorative wall display in Ottawa’s Dante Park, and publish a booklet to be distributed at the official unveiling of the wall. Information collected throughout the project will be posted on the ICCC website.

The ICCC will install a time capsule containing text, photographs, personal documents, and other memorabilia to be uncovered at some point in the future, at a meaningful date to be determined during the project. The booklet will provide historical facts and interpretation for the plaque and time capsule, with a particular focus on the National Capital Region, to ensure that their purpose is known and well understood. Material to be posted on the website will include the information included in the booklet and provide more in depth information by featuring links to other related sites such as Library and Archives Canada.
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Recipient: Italian Cultural Centre Society. Vancouver, BC
Title of Project: Italian Cultural Centre (Vancouver) Italian Internment Commemoration
Summary:
The Vancouver Italian Cultural Centre (ICC) will recognize and commemorate the experiences of those affected by the internment of Italian Canadians during the Second World War by undertaking a project entitled Italian Cultural Centre (Vancouver) Italian Internment Commemoration. The project will include a play dramatizing the Italian-Canadian experience of internment, a book entitled, Vancouver Italians Interned During World War II, to be written by the renowned Italian-Canadian author, Raymond Culos, and an exhibition in the ICC’s museum exploring the Italian-Canadian wartime experience.

This project will promote the contributions of the Italian-Canadian community to shaping Canadian society and, in particular, acknowledge the contributions of Italian Canadians to the Canadian war effort.
http://italianculturalcentre.ca/cultural-centre/a-question-of-loyalty/
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Recipient: Media Monkey Productions, Inc. Cobourg, ON
Title of Project: Italian Canadian Internment Project
Summary:
The Italian Canadian Internment (ICI) project includes a documentary film (Italian, English, and French languages) and an online virtual history archive that explores and contextualizes the issues surrounding the internment of Italian Canadians during WWII and their struggles to regain their place as valuable members of Canadian society. The documentary will be available in a 90-minute film version and a 46-minute television version. The online archive will include a centralized resource base, links to articles and other materials, and testimonials of survivors and their families.

The ability of these individuals to overcome the stigma of being interned as “enemy aliens” and contribute to the creation of multiculturalism in Canada, offers important insights for all Canadians, and especially for students. Therefore, this project will include support material to assist teachers and students in studying this important element in Canada’s history.
http://www.mediamonkey.ca/
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Recipient: National Congress of Italian Canadians (National Capital District). Ottawa, ON
Title of Project: The Internment of Italian Canadians: Learning from our Past and Recognizing our Contributions
Summary:
In partnership with Villa Marconi, the National Congress of Italian Canadians (NCIC) (Ottawa District) will undertake a community-based project entitled, The Internment of Italian Canadians: Learning from our Past and Recognizing our Contributions, to recognize and commemorate the internment of Italian Canadians during the Second World War. Villa Marconi, a long-term care facility, will designate space for an archival/exhibit room to be known as the “Italian Canadian Historical Centre: A Centre for Learning.” The Centre will house material and artifacts about internment experiences and Italian migration to Canada such as artifacts, photos, books, film, microfilm, and documents in print.
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Recipient: Shadowpath Theatre Productions. Richmond Hill, ON
Title of Project: Paradise by the River
Summary:
Shadowpath Theatre Productions will use the stage to increase awareness of the internment of Italian Canadians during the Second World War. Paradise By The River, written and composed by Italian Canadian playwright Vittorio Rossi, tells the story of an Italian immigrant who is arrested without charge in his home in Montreal and held at a prisoner of war camp in Petawawa, Ontario, leaving his frightened, pregnant wife behind. The personalized story of the internment will help audiences of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures understand the internment and how it affected an entire community. Shadowpath is particularly interested in exposing students and young Italian Canadians to the stories of the internment era, not only to inform audiences, but also to recognize and honour the internees and their families.
http://www.shadowpaththeatre.ca/shows.html
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Recipient: York University – Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies. Toronto, ON
Title of Project: Faces and Memories of Internment: An Italian-Canadian Tragedy
Summary:
The project will draw attention to the use of the War Measures Act and its impact on the civil rights of minority groups, specifically Italians in Canada during WW II. The three components of the project – an education curriculum package, a website, and a docu-drama film – will be trilingual, produced in Italian, English, and French. The project’s objectives include:
to investigate the Italian-Canadian experience of internment through a variety of sources, including archival materials, artifacts held in personal and other collections, interviews conducted with internees or their descendants, and interviews with other Canadians (such as government agents) who had experience with these events;
to synthesize and analyze the information gathered and then present it in multiple forms to help audiences understand the events and their impact on and consequences for those involved; and
to encourage those immediately involved in the internment and their descendants and also government officials and Canadians in general to reflect on issues such as immigrant and ethnic accommodation, the duty of government to defend democracy in times of perceived threats and similar fundamental concerns
http://www.yorku.ca/maeitcdn/
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Jewish Canadian Projects

Recipient: Atlantic Jewish Council (AJC). Halifax, NS
Title of Project: St. Louis: Ship of Fate: The Travelling Exhibit, Phase I
Summary:
AJC will create a travelling version of its highly successful exhibit, St. Louis: Ship of Fate, launched in 2009 in partnership with the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic during an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of Canada’s refusal of the S.S. St. Louis refugees.

Phase I development will include hiring a team of consultants to provide advice on the interpretative approach and plan, and to complete a business case for the project which will include anticipated costs and benefits, as well as securing museum venues for the traveling exhibit. Implementation in Phase II will include producing the exhibit and touring it to museums.

Title of Project: Phase II – The St. Louis – A Portable History
Summary:
The Atlantic Jewish Council (AJC) seeks funding to create a travelling version of its highly successful exhibit, St. Louis: Ship of Fate.

The implementation phase of the project will include the following activities:
a bilingual travelling exhibit;
a partially bilingual website featuring educational, marketing, and evaluation materials (materials produced by third parties will be included in their original language only); and
a circulation schedule, with agreements with at least two museums in major Canadian centres committing them to show the travelling exhibit for periods of at least three months, covering transportation, marketing, an exhibit launch, educational programming, and evaluation.
http://theajc.ns.ca/
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Recipient: Canadian Jewish Congress. Ottawa, ON
Title of Project: None is Too Many: Memorializing the S.S. St. Louis
Summary:
The Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) will undertake a project to memorialize and commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the S.S. St. Louis incident, when 900 Jewish passengers fleeing Germany on the eve of the Second World War were unable to find refuge in Canada. The project, entitled None is Too Many: Memorializing and Commemorating the M.S. St. Louis, will consist of three components:
the erection of a historical monument in the at Pier 21 in Halifax harbour to be followed by an unveiling ceremony; the creation of pedagogical materials through the “St. Louis Educational Program” to educate and sensitize all Canadians and future generations about the dangerous consequences of anti Semitism, racism, and indifference in support of human rights; and a national online launch of a youth essay writing contest themed “70 years later: What are the lessons of the M.S. St. Louis for twentieth century Canada?” in conjunction with school boards across the country.
http://www.cija.ca/
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Recipient: Jewish Immigrant Aid Services – Toronto. Toronto, ON
Title of Project: The Fortunate Few: The Story of the 5,000 European Jews Admitted to Canada Between 1933 to 1947
Summary:
The project will bring to light the experiences of the estimated 5,000 European Jews admitted to Canada between 1933 and 1947 despite the anti-Jewish immigration policies epitomized by Canada’s 1939 refusal of entry to the 900-plus Jewish refugees aboard the M.S. St. Louis.

The project’s primary objective, through public education, is increased recognition and knowledge about Canada’s 1933-1947 anti-Jewish immigration policies and their implications for modern-day Canadian society. The project will address the generational impact of these policies and the significant contributions made by Jewish Canadians over the decades. The project will create: bilingual documentary film; bilingual classroom educational booklet; and flip card personal profiles of Jewish immigrants.
http://www.jiastoronto.org/
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Recipient: Jewish Youth Library of Ottawa. Ottawa, ON
Title of Project: M.S. St. Louis Commemorative Project
Summary:
The Jewish Youth Library of Ottawa will produce a series of products commemorating the M.S. St. Louis incident including: a 20 page bilingual commemorative booklet; permanent exhibit in the form of a mixed-media mosaic mural and wall-mounted photographs of the M.S. St. Louis and its passengers; and a children’s book.

The project’s aim is to draw awareness to the M.S. St. Louis incident and to educate the general public, especially youth, about the contributions of Jewish Canadians. The exhibit will be on display for the general public; schools will be invited for formal guided tours. The commemorative booklet will be distributed free of charge to visitors, Jewish schools, public schools, public and selected libraries.
http://www.jewishyouthlibrary.com/
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Recipient: The League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith. Toronto, ON
Title of Project: A National Task Force on Holocaust Research, Remembrance and Education
Summary:
The League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith (B’nai Brith) will undertake a three-year project to raise public awareness of the M.S. St. Louis incident, and to sensitize Canadians to the dangers of institutionalized anti-Semitism, prejudice, and racism. As a contribution to Canada’s on going involvement in national and international Holocaust studies and education, B’nai Brith will also produce cutting edge research to better understand the M.S. St. Louis incident and the historical context in which it occurred, as well as educational materials for educators and high school students. In order to achieve these goals, B’nai Brith has aligned the project activities with two key, complementary components:
a bilingual conference entitled The M.S. St. Louis: Looking Back, Moving Forward held in Toronto on June 1 and 2, 2009; and the creation of the National Task Force (NTF) on Holocaust Research, Remembrance and Education.
http://www.bnaibrith.ca/league/league.htm
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Recipient: Radio Shalom. Montreal, QC.
Title of Project: The Voyage of the M.S. St. Louis, a Radio Diary – Radio Shalom Raconte le M.S. St. Louis
Summary:
The project consists of a radio drama and school program called The Voyage of the M.S. St. Louis, a Radio Diary – Radio Shalom Raconte le M.S. St. Louis. This program will teach the public about the M.S. St. Louis incident in order to raise awareness of the dangers of institutionalized anti-Semitism, prejudice, and racism. Radio Shalom will produce 14 one-hour episodes in English and French, which will feature panelists and a listener call-in component. Listeners will have the opportunity to participate in an open-line broadcast, while a host will interview guests (descendants, survivors, museum historians, authors) familiar with the M.S. St. Louis incident about the restrictive immigration policies of the time. In addition, four students will host two 30-minute episodes.

All audio recordings will be archived on the Radio Shalom website and may serve as reference material for schools or other researchers. The school radio program will foster a dialogue on living conditions during the war and will acquaint the public with the significance, richness, hardships, and influence of the Jewish community
http://www.radio-shalom.ca/site/index
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Recipient: Stitch Media Inc. Toronto, ON
Title of Project: Not Wanted: The Tragedy of the St. Louis Era
Summary:
Stitch Media Inc. will create an interactive, comprehensive web portal outlining the S.S. St. Louis incident, the wartime measures that were enacted between 1939 and 1947, and the consequences of these policies on the Jewish-Canadian population. The applicant will also create a short animated series to inform youth in Canada and worldwide on the lessons learned from the S.S. St. Louis era.

The portal will allow educators to adapt the contents of the website into their lesson plans. Online features will include the ability to run webinars/lessons within a virtual classroom with video, audio testimonies, and animation.
http://stitchmedia.ca/
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Recipient: Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC). Vancouver, BC
Title of Project: Internment of Jewish Refugees in Canada from 1940-1943
Summary:
The VHEC will produce a travelling exhibit that will recognize and commemorate the experiences of 2,000 Jewish men interned as “enemy aliens” in Canada between 1940 and 1943, while educating Canadians about this history.

The project will focus on the little-known history of Jewish refugees, many of them adolescents, from Nazi Germany and Austria who sought asylum in Britain, only to be deported to Canada in response to Winston Churchill’s demand to “collar the lot.” The Jewish internees’ experiences in camps in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick where they were imprisoned alongside German, Austrian, and Italian nationals, including Nazis, have never been told through a comprehensive exhibit. These remarkable stories, and the significance of the internees’ subsequent contributions to Canada and the Jewish Canadian community, have national resonance. Many of those deemed “suspect” later assumed influential positions and several were awarded the Order of Canada.

The project will make a contribution to Canadians’ understanding of the historical immigration and wartime measures that affected Jews in Canada. The VHEC will draw on the rich primary source materials of the internees, video document the testimonies of some of the few remaining eyewitnesses, and publicly recognize them at the launch ceremony.
http://www.vhec.org/
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Projects Including Other/Multiple Communities

Recipient: Canada-Croatia Chamber of Commerce. Toronto, ON
Title of Project: Eager Immigrants, Reluctant Host: Croatian Immigration to Canada 1896-1960
Summary:
The Canada-Croatia Chamber of Commerce will explore how Croatians were affected by historical immigration restrictions and wartime measures applied in Canada. The Chamber will produce and disseminate a comprehensive research report to educate Canadians about how immigration policies influenced the immigrant dynamic throughout the twentieth century. The report will be produced in English and Croatian and will be made available to the National Library of Canada, Library of Parliament, provincial legislative libraries, post secondary institutions, museum libraries, Croatian libraries, and cultural centres throughout North America
http://www.croat.ca/stories/56
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Recipient: Grayhound Information Services. Metcalfe, ON
Title of Project: Beyond the Gardens’ Wall: The Asian Immigrant Workers of Tod Inlet
Summary:
Grayhound Information Services will produce a documentary film telling the story of the Chinese and Indian Sikh immigrants who came to Canada in the early 1900s to work at the cement quarry of Tod Inlet, a now vanished community near Victoria, British Columbia. The film, Beyond the Gardens’ Wall, will vividly demonstrate the harsh impact of two restrictive immigration regulations that were applied in Canada at 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 at the time.

The film will document 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 will compare how the different immigration restrictions affected the two groups and resulted in similar hardships for them: bachelor communities, poor living and working conditions, and separation from wives and families.

The story will be told using archival film, voices of workers from the past, and new interviews with descendants of those workers. The interviews will feature 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 and contribute to the development of Butchart Gardens, now a national historic site.

The film’s primary target audience will be youth, so the project plans to penetrate the educational market and complement secondary school and university curriculum. An educational package containing curriculum notes, background articles, maps, and photographs will be developed.
http://www.beyondthegardenswall.ca/
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Recipient: James Lorimer & Company Ltd. Halifax, NS
Title of Project: Canada Apologizes: Supporting the Use of a New Book Series by Teachers and Students
Summary:
James Lorimer and Company Ltd., an independent book publisher, will publish a series of non-fiction books for teens, which will act as support material for high school curricula across the country. Each book will focus on one of the events for which Canada has subsequently apologized or offered official recognition of past wrongs.

Book 1. Internment of Italians during WW2;
Book 2. Chinese Head Tax.
During the project, James Lorimer Ltd. will ensure the books reach a wide audience among Canadian teachers and students so that these important, often unknown, historical events become known and understood by today’s youth. The project will create awareness and provide support for the use of these books by schools, school boards, and departments of education. The author of each book is an experienced writer with personal links to the affected cultural groups. In addition, the authors will visit with local students, teachers, librarians, and community groups to expand awareness of the historical issues and cultural significance of each situation.
http://www.lorimer.ca/adults/
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