Today, one in 10 Canadians is descended from the more than 100,000 children who emigrated from Great Britain through the Home Child program between 1860 and 1939. Stratford's own Annie Macpherson Home on Avon Street was owned and operated by its namesake, one of the founding philanthropists in this Victorian-era movement, bringing over 8,000 children to the area to work as indentured farm labourers and domestics.
From the chance discovery and subsequent preservation of an unassuming building in Toronto, documentary filmmaker M. Eleanor McGrath explores the largely unknown history of Canada's British Home Child migration movement in her short documentary film Forgotten.
Along with the screening, Ms McGrath and other guests including Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament for Brantford-Brant, and Pat Maloney, a former Home Child, discuss the repercussions of this program and the contribution of these young labourers to our national identity in a candid conversation with audience Q&A.
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