Pier 21: Canadian Immigration Process

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    Canadian Immigration Process is an online game designed to teach students about the process of immigrating to Canada during the era that Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia welcomed one million newcomers. Students begin by selecting a country of origin from the top thirty countries that sent immigrants to Canada between 1928 and 1971. Ireland, Scotland and Wales have been added as separate entities to England although they were categorized together historically.

    Once a country has been chosen the student is given the option of selecting a man or a woman. They then read the profile of their prospective Canadian and choose a ship that's sailing dates and regular route correspond with their character. The student then answers a series of questions based, to an extent, on what they have read about the person. The answers to these questions, in part, determine whether or not the character will be admitted to Canada. When a character is not admitted an explanation appears.

    In addition to the maps, profiles, ship images and history, and walk through the immigration process, the game also includes historical notes and timelines of world events, Canadian events, and Pier 21 events that occurred between 1928 and 1971. The game also features suggested lesson plans which include simple ideas for complementing the game and suggestions for ways to build an entire project or unit around it.

    Historical context, a variety of countries and characters, and an imaginative approach make this educational tool effective and fun.


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