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Resource: Multicultural History Society of Ontario

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During its 40-year history, the MHSO has produced dozens of publications. All but one – a total of 86 – are available free through their website. If you click on the tab 'Study', the drop-down menu itemizes various types of publications. Click on the type of publication that you’re interested in and you’ll be led to webpages from which you can access individual works. Issues of Polyphony and volumes in the Ethnocultural Voices Series may be of particular interest/use to teachers and students.

Other educational resources, equally worthy of note, are also available free.

The MHSO has produced a number of multi-faceted websites with digitized primary source materials, virtual exhibits, and teachers’ guides and resources. They include the multi-lingual sites:

Their website includes an extensive ‘Links’ section.

In an earlier blog post on Civics Resources, we mentioned Multicultural Canada and the fact that the MHSO was a major contributor to that database. Unfortunately, Multicultural Canada, which is managed by Simon Fraser University, is no longer an active initiative and, in fact, it no longer exists as a separate entity. The MHSO’s digital archive, Discovering Multicultural Canada, will serve as the next iteration of an online resource repository documenting immigrant and ethnic experiences. For information on what they have achieved in working towards establishing this archive, see here.

MHSO Facebook posts are a good source of information.  As you’ll see from their last two posts, they often highlight collections of primary sources that are available online (e.g., the Rise Up! digital archive) and public history initiatives that present aspects of our diverse past in evocative and poignant ways (e.g., the proposed Grasett Park).

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