Across Cultures

Canada: A welcoming land?

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This theme explores the history of immigration to Canada and the policies that shaped the country.

A Sense of Family

A Sense of Family
1980, director: Paul Lang

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The Canadian immigration policy of "continuous passage" was used to keep Indians out of Canada. In 1914, Indians on board the Komagata Maru were refused permission to land in Vancouver. Canada had seen the ship's arrival as a policy challenge, and there had been strong popular objection to the Indians' immigration. Narration and archival photography tell the tale.