Making Canada Home

By Susan Hughes

From 8 to 12 | 128 pages

People from every single country in the world call Canada home. From the very first arrivals as long as 30,000 years ago—the ancestors of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples—right up until today, people have settled in this country to build a better life.

Making Canada Home chronicles the country’s major waves of immigration, from welcoming early European arrivals to becoming a modern-day safe haven for refugees. The book also acknowledges times when Canada has not been especially welcoming. It explores how each period of immigration has shaped the laws, values, and face of Canada on the way to today’s multicultural society.

This book is a rich and thorough source of informational text, packed with primary sources including compelling personal accounts, historic documents, memorabilia, and archival photographs, as well as maps, sidebars, a timeline, and a glossary. Publishing in anticipation of Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017, Making Canada Home will be a valuable resource to help young Canadians understand their country’s history and identity, and feel proud to call Canada home.
"An astute educator or parent can use this book to start important conversations about Canada's history and its people." - Kirkus Reviews
"Eloquently examines the country's rich cultural makeup, from the ancestors of Canada's Aboriginal peoples to present-day Syrian refugees... Clearly organized and written, this is a valuable look at Canadian history and culture." - School Library Journal
"An impressively comprehensive text that will be a welcome addition to classrooms and libraries across Canada. The stories told here are by turns inspiring and troubling, but always deeply human, and should spark animated conversations and deeper explorations of the vast range of experiences that enrich the country we call home." - Quill & Quire
"A lot of interesting information... At a time when immigration is a high priority for our government, this book will give context to Canada's position on immigration...a good one to add to a school or public library collection." - Resource Links
"A strength of this work is Hughes' celebration of Canada without ignoring its history of racist policies towards immigrants and ethnic Canadians alike...a good introduction to Canadian history focusing upon the people of the country and the lands from which they came. Recommended." - Canadian Review of Materials
Toronto Public Library's 2017 Summer Reading Club Recommended Read,
Ontario Library Association 2016 Best Bet,
Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens,
Red Cedar Award Nominee 2017-18,

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