Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Alexandra North Bay, Ontario

Fair address: North Bay Regional Fair

Project: Pier 21

My project is on Pier 21, the immigration station and it's contribution to the development of Canada. Close to 1 million immigrants came through it's doors, including my family.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting things I learned came from talking to my family about their experiences travelling from Italy to my home town of North Bay, Ontario. Stories about my uncle bringing his accordion from Italy, his reaction to all the snow, and even the way he said the bread in Canada tasted, helped me understand what they went through. Landing at Pier 21 must have been a big change from their home country.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I read a lot about Pier 21 but I never really understood it until I heard my family's story of landing their in 1966. When I was shooting my video at the edge of the Halifax Harbour, it was hard to believe that I was standing on the same floor where they took their first steps in Canada. Learning about my family's journey through Pier 21 made me realize how difficult immigrating to a new country was. Pier 21 is now a wonderful museum where you can learn and explore the history of immigration. I learned about my family's journey there, you can as well.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Until I did this project, I did not understand what it would be like to leave home and go to a new country. When my family immigrated to Canada they had to leave their country, culture, language and loved ones all behind and then adjust to a whole new life after they landed at Pier 21. Thanks to them, I live in Canada, and I don't have to face the challenges they did.

  • Francesco and Maryse

    Good luck. Great video/project!
    07/07/2017 8:59:00 PM

  • Lillian

    I really enjoyed learning about Pier 21. I was really impressed how you tied it with your own family story.
    06/07/2017 3:21:22 PM

  • Mike

    Congratulations on a job well done! You are Very well spoken. Good luck.
    06/07/2017 2:57:08 PM

  • Anita

    You have captured the hearts of many who walked off the boats and landed at Pier 21, including my grandmother and mother who came from Italy.
    06/07/2017 6:44:06 AM

  • Rhegan U (young citizen)

    I really enjoyed your presentation and learned a lot from it.
    04/07/2017 4:03:09 PM

  • Jan

    Wow! Congratulations on a job well done!
    01/07/2017 3:52:25 PM

  • Anna

    Awesome job all around
    29/06/2017 3:06:30 PM

  • Candace

    Beautiful story about a young girl learning her own history
    29/06/2017 3:01:36 PM

  • Tara

    I am so impressed with your video. Fantastic Alexandra
    29/06/2017 2:33:42 PM

  • Shanna

    Well done Ally! Your wonderful story has inspired so many to continue to research their family's heritage, well done!!
    29/06/2017 2:22:07 PM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.