Immigrants from Vietnam to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in the 1970's
Project 4000




February 13, 2010:

The Ottawa and Gatineau areas have been settled in large part by organized group migrations, beginning with the
Highland Scots to Glengarry, the Lowland Scots who came to Lanark Township, Philomen Wright and his settlers in 1800,
disbanded soldiers  from the 99th Regiment who settled in Goulbourn Township in 1818. In 1823, Peter Robinson brought about 500 mostly
Irish Catholics from the north of County Cork, Ireland to settle just west of Kanata. There was a large influx of labourers,
mostly Irish and French who came to build the Rideau Canal between 1826 and 1832. In 1834, William Farmer and some of his
tenants and neighbours came from England and built a community on the Gatineau River at Farmer's Rapids. Between 1846 and 1854, many
Irish came here during the potato famine. See also http://www.bytown.net/famineireland.htm. 
All of these group migrations led to subsequent immigration of friends and relatives from 
the old countries to the Ottawa area, by a process known as chain migration.

One of the most recent migrations came from Vietnam in the late 1970's. These people were known globally as "Vietnamese 
Boat People". Project 4000 was a program administered to help these folks adjust to new life in the Ottawa area. Our mayor at the time,
Marion Dewar was a main force in this program.

Below are three contemporary articles from the Ottawa Citizen which describe the
anticipated arrival, then a bit about the settlement process, and finally, a nice story about Mr. Luong who, five years later,
was living on Tweedsmuir Avenue in Westboro.

Newspaper Article Source: Ottawa Citizen, July 10, 1979, page 7 Vietnamese Boat People to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Vietnamese Boat People to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Vietnamese Boat People to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Vietnamese Boat People to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Newspaper Article Source: Ottawa Citizen, July 27, 1979, page 10 Project 4000, Vietnamese Boat People to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Newspaper Article Source: Ottawa Citizen, July 30, 1984, page 14 Vietnamese Boat People to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada -- Naming of Street

New June 3, 2016: On behalf of the Vietnamese Canadian Federation (VCF), the Cambodian Association of Ottawa Valley and the Laotian Association of Ottawa Valley, we would like to cordially invite you and a guest to attend our special Gala in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the People of Canada's Nansen Medal Award. The event will take place at the Canadian Museum of History on June 5th, 2016, from 5 pm to 9:00 pm. ..... The Gala event is presented in partnership with the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian Immigration Historical Society, with the support of former members of Operation Lifeline, Project 4000, the Mennonite Central Committee of Canada, former UNHCR Resettlement officer and Uni-Action. Canada and the People of Ottawa have a lot to celebrate! We would be honored to have you in attendance. This event was posted to the Facebook Group of the Historical Society of Ottawa by Tuan Nguyen. ... Allan Lewis

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