Local Culture and Diversity on the Prairies

In order to construct new lives for themselves and their families in Canada, immigrants from our four target ethnic communities had to be consciously aware of cultural differences between life in the "old country" and life on the Canadian prairies. They moved from largely homogeneous communities to new places where people "looked different," dressed differently, and spoke different languages, among other things. It was only by recognizing these differences that immigrants could actively decide what their identity was and negotiate how they were going to become "Canadian."
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Mary's mother and brother on their citizenship papers

Mary's mother and brother on their citizenship papers

Mary's mother in front of their house in Coaldale, AB

Mary's mother in front of their house in Coaldale, AB