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Banner: Moving Here, Staying Here. The Canadian Immigrant Experience

The Documentary TrailTraces of the PastFind an Immigrant
Free From Local Prejudice
A National Open-Door Policy
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A Depressing Period

Home Children


Immigrant girls on their way to the Stratford Home in Ontario, 1908.
To document the types of children entering the country, the federal government hired photographers such as William Topley and John Woodruff to photograph them in transit in front of train stations or at ports of debarkation. These photographs, although staged, provide valuable portraits of the Home Children before they reached the distributing homes, where they were separated and placed with Canadian families.

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