On October 2nd, celebrate the lives of British Home Children at
Black Creek Pioneer Village
On October 2, Lori Oschefski, CEO and founder of the British Home Child Research and Advocacy Association, will host the British Home Children Descendants Open Mic, discussing the lives of British Home Children, sharing family stories and examining this forgotten part in Canadian history.
This is a pre-ticketed event. Tickets are available below until September 29th at 12:00 p.m.
Event begins at 9:30 a.m.
* Listen to special talks from author Marjorie Kohli
* Open mic session with Home Chid Descendant John Jefkins
* Film producer Bob Huggins will be interviewing descendants for his upcoming TV documentary "A Barnardo Boy" (For more information, visit http://orphanboyfilms.com/ )
* Meet British Home Child George Beardshaw
* Visit the exhibit Breaking the Silence: Stories of the British Home Children, 1869 - 1948
* Performances by Folk Singer Marion Parsons
* Visit the Historic Village
Who were the British Home Children?
From the late 1860s right up until 1948, over 100,000 British children of all ages were sent to Canada and were used as indentured farm and domestic workers. Although it was believed by Canadians that these children were orphans, in reality, only two percent truly were. The vast majority of these children, referred to as British Home Children, were placed outside of Toronto, Ontario and endured very difficult lives. Over the years, many chose to remain silent about this particular part of their life.