This site is for all those who want to explore the stories of Canadian Indonesians. As a smaller community in Canada, Indonesians do not have much in the way of historical references. We hope that this site will support the initiative of building our stories. You can expect to learn more about our community from this site as we compile stories and ongoing projects. Both the planning committee and team here at indonesiancanadian.ca hope that you can join us on our journey and let us know if you want to get involved!
Stories have always been a way for us to connect and learn from each other. In the case of life in Canada, we hope that through our stories we could find ways to establish a sense of belonging and further on, to think about what we can contribute to our community.
Although each and every one of us has a story, not everyone thinks of themselves as a storyteller. Sometimes we need to find the right moment and time to tell our story. Fortunately, the planning committee thinks we have the opportunity for just that as we plan to participate in the oral history project of Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS). This project aims to explore stories from families with Asian heritage and it will be a great opportunity for us to experience this together as a community. Our stories will be captured and shared meaningfully. Our stories will be beneficial for our children.
To learn more about the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society and its Oral History Project, please refer to their website.
About Canadian Indonesians (or Indonesian Canadians)
1945 marks the year the Republic of Indonesia gained its independence; the nation and state were built through various struggles, which include some forced migrations in its early years of development. Refugees fled Indonesia during those times and some of them landed in Canada. There are records from Statistics Canada of the waves of migration during this era and up until 1970: the 2011 National Household Survey cites that there are over 3,500 came to settle before 1971. From then on the steady numbers of migration in each decade show that those that identified Indonesia as their place of origin/birth place comprise over 5,000. Today, there are approximately 20,000 Canadians who have identified Indonesia as their country of origin, and of the 20,000 25% live in British Columbia.
What is the Indonesian Canadian Oral History Project?
The project aims to provide opportunities to recognize the aspect of being Indonesian Canadian while living in a multicultural society. This project will begin the process of awareness on how we all fit within the fabric of a diverse and increasingly multicultural Canada. Therefore, it will focus on documenting and celebrating the experiences of Canadian Indonesians.
We intend to do this in four stages: Community Cafe, Follow Up Session, Documentation Process, and Celebration. Thus far we have already completed the community cafe and we are looking forward to what follows. To find out more, please see the projects section where you can find details on the phases as we work towards our goal. Please also be sure to check our blog in order to find out about our progress.
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