GHUM1169 Hope and Hardship
When did the members of this group come to Canada? (Choose a maximum 50 year time period to research – you will not be able to go into enough detail if you try to cover a larger time period. You should focus your essay on one particular influx of the members of this group, i.e. the Poles who came to Canada as Displaced People after WWII, rather than all Polish immigrants to Canada since Confederation.) How many came in this period?
Where are the members of this group originally from? What is this history of this country? What were the (political, economic, social, historical) conditions that caused members of this group to emigrate? How did they travel? Why did they choose Canada?
Which members of the group were more likely to emigrate? (i.e. after the 1973 coup in Chile, it was left-wing people who fled the country, not the supporters of General Pinochet’s take-over.)
What kinds of work did members of this group do when they arrived in Canada? What were their working conditions like? Did they join or organize unions? Give statistics and numbers.
What are some of the distinctive features of this group’s culture?
Did members of this group settle in a particular area (if so, how many, where and why)? Did they settle together?
What were the particular hurdles this group had to overcome in Canada?
What sorts of discrimination (if any) did this group encounter? What strategies did they adopt to deal with discrimination they encountered?