The people of Europe are a vital part of Canadian history. In the past and the present, they formed and are still forming the country’s multicultural mosaic. But even though every ethnic group played their own important role in the formation of this unique society, there is one community that had, in addition to the English and French, an outstanding impact in Canada’s past: The Germans.
Whenever Europeans set foot on the North American continent, the German element was almost always represented. In Canadian history, however, it was essential. Whether with Cornwallis at Halifax, Simcoe at York or Helmcken in British Columbia, Germans were much more than merely popular as immigrants in Canada. They can be marked as a charter group within the Canadian history.
Our project “The Germans in Canada” is an ambitious 47-minute documentary that will shed new light on a part of Canadian history that everybody presumes to know, but obviously does not. There are a lot more accomplishments of German origin than most Canadians would expect – a story that needs to be told.
Today, our producer Mass Abedi is heading to the East Coast. On his one-week trip, he will visit some of the historic hotspots of German immigration to Canada: Toronto, Kitchener and Ottawa. He will visit museums, take footage of historically and culturally interesting places, meet experts on German-Canadian history, touch base with the German communities and interview German-Canadians about their experience.
If you would like to meet him, or maybe even tell the story of your or your ancestor’s immigration to Canada, feel free to contact him via e-mail:
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