Tutorial #3: Settling the Canadian West

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Tutorial #3: Settling Canadian West: The Exotic Continentals
-Early 20th century brought mass immigration to Canada and contributed to the
racial-ethnic diversification of Canadian society. Some 2.5 million newcomers had arrived
by 1914.
-Most immigrants who went west were English-speaking, but also large numbers of
Germans,
Scandinavians, and eastern Europeans also came (which included Ukrainians, Hungarians,
poles, and ethno-religious sects like the doukhobors and Mennonites from Russia and
Austro-Hungarian empires)
-This made prairies ethnically diverse.
-Displacement of aboriginals as a result.
-General failure in settling the prairies, as European immigrants from Europe
preferred the American west, as did many Canadians... better climates, weather-resistant
strains of wheat, and advanced farming techniques.
-Mass exodus of Canadian-born citizens!
-Design that Canada was a ‘white nation.
-south and east Europeans not as desirable as white Canadians and Britons, but still
good.
-ethnic tolerance went hand in hand with national self-interest.
-foreign face of prairies engendered a racist backlash from English and French-speaking
observers.
A Roumanian Pioneer (by Anna Woywitka)
-Veronia came to Canada with her parents in 1898 when she was four.
-left because village in native land could no longer offer sustenance to him and his
growing family.
-Four other families joined him.
-Upon arriving, lots of woods.
-Lived in primitive shelters called burdey, a dugout.
-Veronias mother didnt like it and wanted to live in a log house, built before men
returned in fall.
-Women made the cottage house!
-No money spent, Veronias mother built the house.
-Men returned in fall with enough money to replenish food supplies and buy barest
necessities.
-Veronia took care of her siblings and kept the fire going in fall and winter.
-Food ran short shortly before spring.
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Tutorial #3: settling canadian west: the exotic" continentals. Early 20th century brought mass immigration to canada and contributed to the racial-ethnic diversification of canadian society. Some 2. 5 million newcomers had arrived by 1914. Most immigrants who went west were english-speaking, but also large numbers of. Scandinavians, and eastern europeans also came (which included ukrainians, hungarians, poles, and ethno-religious sects like the doukhobors and mennonites from russia and. General failure in settling the prairies, as european immigrants from europe preferred the american west, as did many canadians better climates, weather-resistant strains of wheat, and advanced farming techniques. South and east europeans not as" desirable as white canadians and britons, but still good. Ethnic tolerance went hand in hand with national self-interest. Foreign" face of prairies engendered a racist backlash from english and french-speaking observers. Veronia came to canada with her parents in 1898 when she was four.

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