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


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

Home Children

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Immigrant boys on their way to the St. George 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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