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Leçon 3: Les immigrants du hasard


Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia


In pairs (or, as computer access permits, individually or in groups), students view Video: An Enemy’s Welcome, which features internees recalling their arrival in Canada. Students should watch the video twice; on the first viewing, students watch and listen carefully, while on the second viewing, students should note the incidents described by the former internees.

As pairs or groups, students discuss:

•    How did the Canadian military receive the internees?
•    How do the internees describe their experiences of being robbed?
•    What are your thoughts about the irony of refugees of Nazism being received as Nazis?

As a class, discuss:

•    Do students think the refugees should be compensated for their stolen belongings? Why or why not?
•    The Canadian government has issued apologies and, on occasion, provided restitution and compensation for victims of historical injustice. Such actions have taken place with regard to the denial of Sikh immigrants aboard the Kamagata Maru, the internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War and to First Nations victims of the residential school system. Introduce concepts of redress and restitution to students and guide a discussion about the following statement. “It is important that governments acknowledge and redress past injustices.”
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