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Dutch in Canada

The first Dutch people to come to Canada were Dutch-Americans among the United Empire Loyalists. The largest wave was in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century when large numbers of Dutch helped settle the Canadian west. During this period significant numbers also settled in major cities like Toronto. While interrupted by the First World War this migration returned in the 1920s, but again halted during the Great Depression and Second World War. After world war II a large number of Dutch immigrants moved to Canada, including a number of war brides of the Canadian soldiers who liberated the Netherlands. During the war Canada had sheltered Crown Princess Juliana and her family. The annual Canadian Tulip Festival held in May commemorates her with a generous amount of the Tulips coming from The Netherlands. Due to these close links Canada became a popular destination for Dutch immigrants. The Canadian government encouraged this, recruiting skilled workers. This post-war wave went mainly to urban centres such as Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver. With the economic recovery of the Netherlands in the post-war years immigration to Canada greatly slowed.

While one of the largest minority groups in Canada, Dutch Canadians have tended to rapidly assimilate and there are relatively few Dutch Canadian organizations and media. One important institution is the Christian Reformed Church in North America, with most congregations found throughout Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario. The Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, The King's University College in Edmonton, and Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario are associated with this Dutch Reformed/Calvinist denomination. Christian Schools International, the Christian Labour Association of Canada, and the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario are organizations with strong Dutch-Canadian roots.

You can read more about the Dutch in Canada on Wikipedia,

Sketch of Peter Teeple, Loyalist and Pioneer, 1762 - 1847
By W. B. Waterbury

Dutch Canadian Society

In 1984 the Dutch Canadian Society of London, Ontario, Canada and area celebrated its 20th anniversary. As part of the celebration a series of programs was produced to tell the community about the club. As we approach the 50th anniversary we take time to look back on the history of the club. We continue to emphasize that the club is not just for people of Dutch heritage but includes anyone in the community. As we approach the 50th anniversary celebration on September 18 and 19, 2010 we continue to invite the community living in London and general area (Southwestern Ontario) to become a member of the club. The cost is a mere $40 per year. That is less than $1 per week. For that there are special member privileges, half price entry to dances, special rates for hall rental, first chance to purchase Mardi Gras event tickets, Invitations to socials and special events such as annual St. Nicholas party, Christmas party, Halloween event etc. We hope members of the community will consider buying a membership.

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Dutch flag raised at Canada's Parliament

A Dutch flag is raised at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, the Canadian capital, on Friday, January 18, 2013, to celebrate the 70th birthday of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands. The younger sister of Queen Beatix was born on January 19, 1943, in Ottawa, where her mother, then-crown princess Juliana, stayed during World War II. At the time, a Dutch flag was raised over Canada's iconic Peace Tower to mark the occasion -- the only time a foreign flag was flown over the Canadian Parliament buildings.

Operation Manna - 65 years of Canadian-Dutch friendship
The 29th of April 1945: Operation Manna. Now, 65 years later, veterans visit The Netherlands. Dutch and Canadian children come together to talk about Operation Manna and the role of Bad Penny, the first bomber to drop food and help a starving nation.

Princess Margriet of Holland Thanks Canadian Veterans

The Liberation of Holland

See also the 7 part video on the
Liberation of the Netherlands by Canada at:

An Immigrantís Story: Memoirs of a Dutch Canadian which we've added to our Makers of Canada section. An interesting story starting with an account of his growing up in Holland during the WWII.

Canada in the Netherlands
Produced by Veterans Affairs Canada

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