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Nova Scotia Provincial Heritage Fair
Pier 21 is a building in the Halifax harbor that welcomed over one million immigrants to Canada from 1928 to 1971. One of those many immigrants was my great grandmother, my nanny Joan.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
The most interesting thing I learned doing my project is learning about my great nanny's story on how she came over from England to Canada. I discovered the most about her when I interviewed her and asked her 20 questions. I found it interesting learning about her journey to Pier 21 because I found it cool that someone I know so well came through Pier 21.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
The important lessons that I learned doing my project is that Canada welcomed over one million people, including home and guest children, soldiers, war brides, refugees, and displaced persons. It also turned people away. People got turned away if they had a criminal record or a serious health condition like small pox. The craziest thing about this is that almost half of the people got rejected.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
The lives that I studied are very different than our lives today because most of us are safe in our towns or countries and we don't have to go through war. Most people today traveling to different countries would take a plane, not a boat. Our lives today are much easier than the kid's lives back then because when they came to Canada they had very little money, food, etc. We for the most part have privileged lives.