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Ireland Diaspora Canada

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Welcome to the Ireland Diaspora Canada Team

This is a sub-team of the Ireland_Diaspora_Team, which is part of the Ireland Project

  • Goal:
  • Responsibilities: Help with maintaing Irish Canadian Profiles
  • What we do: Link and create profiles of Canadians with Links to Ireland
  • Who should Join: Canadians with Irish Roots or anyone interested in Irish Canadians
  • How to join: Send your request to Project Leader Rich Devlin
Leader: TBA -
Members: Brian Nash
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The history of Irish immigrants and their descendants in Canada is a rich and complex one. Spanning over 200 years, it is marked by waves of immigration, facing discrimination and prejudice, and ultimately, integration and success.

The first wave of Irish immigration to Canada began in the late 18th century. This group, mostly Protestant and coming from the northern provinces of Ireland, was drawn to Canada by economic opportunities and the promise of land ownership. A significant portion of this group were United Empire Loyalists, who were Irish and had supported the British Empire during the American Revolution, and were rewarded with land grants in the British colonies in Canada. However, they were met with discrimination and prejudice from the British and Scottish settlers already established in Canada.

The second wave of Irish immigration, starting in the 1820s, was primarily composed of Catholic immigrants from the southern provinces of Ireland. This wave was driven by the Great Famine of 1845-1852, which caused mass starvation and death in Ireland. Many of these immigrants, known as "famine Irish," came to Canada in search of food and work. They faced even more discrimination and prejudice than the first wave, as they were not only Irish but also Catholic in a predominantly Protestant country.

The third wave of Irish immigration to Canada began in the late 19th century and continued into the 20th century. Comprising both of Catholic and Protestant immigrants, this wave was driven by economic opportunities as well as political and religious persecution in Ireland. Despite facing discrimination and prejudice, many of these immigrants were able to establish themselves in Canada and build successful lives.

Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, Irish immigrants and their descendants faced widespread discrimination and prejudice. They were often denied jobs and housing and faced violence and hostility. However, they also formed strong communities and organizations to support one another and fight for their rights.

Despite the discrimination, Irish immigrants and their descendants have made significant contributions to Canadian society. They have played an important role in the country's economy, politics, and culture. They have served in the military, held political office, and made significant contributions to the fields of education, healthcare, and the arts.

To put this:

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... ... ... migrated from Ireland to Canada.
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onto a Profile, merely copy and paste the following at the top of the Biography section while on the 'Edit' page:

{{Migrating Ancestor
| origin = Ireland
| destination = Canada
| origin-flag = Flags-2.jpg
| destination-flag = Flags-1.png

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