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House of Commons passes apology motion for British Home Children

It happened so quickly most Members of Parliament were barely aware of it. On February 15 a Private Member’s motion brought forward by Bloc Québécois MP Luc Thériault was passed. The motion calls for the House of Commons to apologize … Continue reading

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Historical Amnesia: Remembering History’s Ignored Children

Imagine that a mass amnesia had gripped society and we suddenly lost our memory of history. Then imagine that history was rewritten for us, leaving out the entire story of the civil rights movement in the ’60s, or the Suffragettes’ … Continue reading

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Federal MP launches apology motion for Home Children

In this era of politics characterized by brazen corruption and the naked pursuit of power at any cost, it’s refreshing to know we have people like Alex Atamanenko, MP for BC Southern Interior. Alex and I have conferred on a … Continue reading

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Through the Eyes of A Child Migrant—A Review

A Review of Patricia Skidmore’s Marjorie Too Afraid to Cry It’s the best-kept secret in Canadian history—the 100,000 or more children sent from the slums and orphanages of Britain to work as indentured servants on Canadian farms and in our … Continue reading

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The Boy in the Cupboard: Harry Potter as Child Migrant Part 2

For some years now I’ve been on what I call the Path of the Ancestors. Certainly I can say that from the start of my ‘quest’ to write my book about the British Home Children in Western Canada, the ancestral … Continue reading

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Tracking the Children’s Ghosts in Peterborough Pt. 2

“Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.” … Continue reading

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Tracking the Children’s Ghosts in Peterborough Pt. 1

“Isn’t it amazing, you know, over the last thousands of years, families all got together around the fire or around the table and told stories, and yet… the thousands of people who came to this country as children… you never … Continue reading

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Laying the Children’s Ghosts to Rest Part 2

Last week Anne and I travelled to the East Kootenay, where I gave a series of talks on the history of Canada’s home children, titled Laying the Children’s Ghosts to Rest: Honouring Canada’s Child Immigrants. I spoke to audiences at … Continue reading

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Laying the Children’s Ghosts to Rest

This week I begin an exciting new project, researching the history of the Canadian ‘home children’—or British child immigrants—in the Columbia Basin. My intent is not to create another history on the subject—that has been very capably done by other … Continue reading

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Review: ‘Forgotten’ documentary disappointing

“The act of uprooting children and sending them, alone, across the ocean to work in a strange land… must be regarded as one of the most Draconian measures in the entire history of children in English-speaking society. Its impact on … Continue reading

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