Immigration

May 17 to 23, 2021 is Citizenship Week in Canada. Immigration and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship are central themes in Canadian history. Hear the diverse stories of the many who have come to Canada in search of a new home and what being Canadian means to them. You can also explore our Citizenship teaching guides for Grades 1-6 and Grades 7-12.

  • 2016
  • 13-14
  • 28 Titles

Included in this collection

CBC News Looking Back: White Man's Country

Black migrants from Oklahoma came to Saskatchewan in 1910 only to face the same racism they had been trying to escape.
  • 1999
  • 00:03:57
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/27/2021

Canadian Race Relations Foundation Mother Tongues: The Journey of Tam Goossen

Through the lens of her life story, Toronto activist and educator Tam Goossen speaks to the challenges and triumphs of Chinese-Canadian communities.
  • 2019
  • 00:22:38
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/14/2020

CBC Docs POV My Farmland

My Farmland is a powerful film about how Chinese investors and immigrant farmers are changing the landscape of Canadian farming and the impact of this change on local farmers. With intimate and unique access, the film captures the subjects’ deep emotional journeys in a changing world and the challenges both cultures face in the agriculture business. The film delves into ...
  • 2019
  • 00:44:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/17/2020

The National Nova Scotia's Shrinking Population Woes

With its slow growth rate and aging population, Nova Scotia needs immigrants. But some argue it is not getting its fair share of them.
  • 2015
  • 00:07:11
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/05/2016

Firsthand Once an Immigrant

What is Canadian identity? And how do the children of immigrants relate to the country they were born in, often thousands of miles from the place their parents and ancestors would call home? Peter Keleghan is a renowned actor and uber-patriotic first generation Canadian. His Irish mother and Polish father have complex relationships to their adoptive homeland, and the homes ...
  • 2017
  • 00:43:40
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/26/2017

CBC News Pier 21: The Journey to New Beginnings

Pier 21, on the Halifax waterfront, is now the last standing immigration shed in Canada. Between 1928 and 1971, more than one million Canadians, many of them war brides, refugees and children, first set foot on Canadian soil at Pier 21. A visit to the remarkable Pier 21 museum begins this documentary. The spectrum of immigrant experiences are examined: the ...
  • 1999
  • 00:58:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Prairie Dream

The Canadian Prairies at the beginning of the 1900s were bustling with the anticipation of new settlers, and hundreds of newly freed slaves in Oklahoma joined the migration. They came to this country expecting freedom to pursue a life of happiness. They built lives, homes and communities, but they also found discrimination. Lee Williams, as chairman of the railway porters' ...
  • 2000
  • 00:12:07
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

CBC Docs POV Return to Park Ex

This documentary is a bittersweet love letter to Montreal's legendary Park Extension neighbourhood. Hidden at the north end of the city's old immigrant corridor and surrounded by affluence and gentrification, this salty hothouse continues to be a major gateway for newcomers to Canada. Their intimate, dramatic and divergent experiences give us an entertaining and poignant portrait of immigrant culture: the ...
  • 2017
  • 00:44:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/30/2017