Honourable Chris Alexander: Government help and justice for the British Home Children
  • Petitioned Honourable Chris Alexander

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Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada
Honourable Chris Alexander

Honourable Chris Alexander: Government help and justice for the British Home Children

    1. Lori Oschefski
    2. Petition by

      Lori Oschefski

      Barrie, Canada

Approximately 100,000 children were forced to immigrate into Canada from Great Britain, between 1860 and 1939, many of them torn away from their parents and brothers and sisters. They are collectively known as The British Home Children. This seems like so long ago now, but many of their descendants are still to this day struggling to piece together their past family history. This isn’t simply idle curiosity, it is closure for many and a desperate attempt to gain a sense of belonging that most of us are fortunate enough to take for granted. Imagine how it must feel to have no idea of your past family history and where your roots truly belong and worst of all that you have or may have family members who don’t even know you exist.

Many of the Home Children were brought up to believe they were outcasts and less worthy than others in society. Some were treated as slave labour and suffered terrible abuse in the building and settling of early Canada.

It’s too late for most of them now, but not for their descendants who lobby Barnardo’s and other agencies in England for information about their parents and grandparents. The information, for a lot of these chidren, is available but is costly and many families cannot afford to pay for their records. The British and Australian Government leaders have publicly and with great humility, apologized to the home children and to their descendants while the Canadian Government, to their deep shame, has not. This petition aims to gain your support to lobby the Government of Canada to, at the very least, offer a grant to the relatives of Home Children to enable them to pay Barnardo's and other agencies in England for their family information.

Please support us and make a real difference to the lives of many.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. 718 signatures so far this past week!

      Lori Oschefski
      Petition Organizer

      so far this week 718 people have signed this petition!! Don't forget to leave your comments in the section below here, all will be printed and presented along with this petition. For more information on the Home Children, help with researching your Home Children and updates on this petition join us on Facebook at:
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/Britishhomechildren/

      For those in Canada who are interested in the Home Children, Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto will be featuring The British Home Children all next season with a 9 month long display and many events throughout the year. Updates and information available at:
      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Creek-Pioneer-Village-British-Home-Child-Day-September-28-2014/210351192469860

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. Formal Apology Petition Launched

      Lori Oschefski
      Petition Organizer

      For those who feel that an official apology should be given by the Government of Canada. This petition must be original signatures only and may only be signed by Canadian residents. On-line petitions are not acceptable in Parliament. The plan is to present both these petitions at the same time. For details on this petition and how to support it please see the below link. Many thanks for all your support so far for the Records petition!

    5. Reached 200 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Roseanne Jones-Pastuck ROBLIN, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      Grandad Thomas G Jones was a homechildren

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    • David Hartley LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      My Grandfather Albert Nimmo was a BH Child plucked from his family in Middlesbrough and sent to work as farm labourer in Lisgar, Manitoba. When war broke out he signed up with the 2nd Battalion. During his time in the trenches he had appendicitis, peritonitis, fits and finally with the horrors he saw and engaged with he was discharged as permanently unfit. He lost his brother, my Uncle Joe soon after he arrived in France. Joe received the Croix de Guerre and the D.C.M for gallantry for rescuing and saving an officer under fire. The story of both men is now a century ols almost and to mark that it would be fitting if the Canadian government followed other governments and made a formal apology to all those effected for this disgraceful British policy.

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    • Lorraine Morrell NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      To appreciate or present we have to understand the past. So many families, past and present, are in a state of despair not knowing what happened to family members. I appeal to those who have knowledge to share it with those who need it most. The families of British Home Children.

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    • Megan Knittel VERNON, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      My great-grandmother and her four siblings were all British Home Children sent to Canada in 1910 and 1913.

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    • john william Bradford VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      Have been trying to find relatives of my Dad for 42 years with little to no success I just learned he was a Home Child when I found the ship he came to Canada on and learned he was sent by the Church of England to be farm labourer

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