Scarborough is one of the most multicultural communities in Canada. Scores of ethnic and religious groups are represented here, each bringing valuable experience to the local socio-economic landscape.
Please click on the above links to access some of the stories on immigration that I've received thus far. Send your immigration stories to us at the email address on our Contacts page. For some ideas, please have a look at the McCowan Society's Oral History Interview Project below. Students are encouraged to have a look at our Learning Unit: Immigrants and Land in the context of their Social Studies courses.
Oral History Interview Project Number Nine
Immigration to Toronto
Two hundred years ago, the British Colonial authorities welcomed several thousand refugees from a war-torn state to the south into the new province of Upper Canada. Over the years, family and friends -- many impoverished -- joined the refugees in the nation-building process, arriving from Britain and elsewhere. Now, in the late 1990s, immigrants are still arriving -- and are still making astounding contributions to the Ontario economy.
Please help us set the present immigration issues into a historical context. In particular, the redistribution of colonial people during the period of structural change in the British Commonwealth after World War Two is of profound interest as we enter a new millenium and more open global trade. The McCowan Society hopes to eventually re-print the late Anthony McCowan's Coloured Peoples in Britain, originally published by the Bow Group in London, England, in 1952.
We understand that the original publication of Coloured Peoples had some positive influence on government policy respecting colonial and immigration matters. We acknowledge that the wording in the original title, "Coloured Peoples", is no longer socially acceptable.
Professor Michael Banton of Bristol University points out that Anthony McCowan's valuable archival document should be reprinted in its entirety provided we place it in the context of the early 1950s and the Conservative government immigration policy debates. Please help us by relating some of your own experiences in connection with immigration in the post-war period.
Your recollections regarding migration from the former Colonies to Britain and then to Toronto are not only history, they are valuable learning tools for the future. If you wish, we can send you our "Oral History Interview Strategy". It is important that you record your personal experiences and memories of specific events. The following questions should trigger particular memories. Please provide as much detail as possible including the approximate year of the event. You may have also heard relevant stories from your parents or grandparents: please share with us the details of these stories as well. Please give some consideration to allowing us to publish some of your recollections.
From The Scarboro Heights Record V5 #1