The Longue-Pointe Log Book

Upon arrival at Montreal-Dorval International Airport, Ugandan Asian refugees were welcomed and transported to a reception centre at Longue-Pointe, Canadian Forces Base Montreal. Refugees were given accommodation, meals, resettlement services, and winter clothing at the base before moving on to settle in various places across the country.

One of the officers who assisted at Longue-Pointe reception centre was Chief Warrant Officer Randall of the Canadian Armed Forces. C.W.O. Randall recorded information from each incoming chartered flight of refugees from Uganda. For each flight he recorded in a register the family names of the incoming passengers, the number of bags carried with them, and the information for their destination.

Photo of text in the Longue-Pointe log book: "Flight #15, 23:30 hrs, 24 October 172, 155 Passengers

Photo of a log book page, includes family names, flight numbers, dates, method of transportation

Photo of George Randall, Canadian Forces officer responsible for creating the log book

The log book was donated to the Uganda collection in 2016. It is a unique document that gives insight into where the newcomers initially settled in the days following their arrival to Canada. It also provides travel information about the chartered flights from Uganda, and the ways in which people travelled to their next destinations within Canada.

A PDF version of the log book (44.75MB) is available, as well as a searchable spreadsheet (.xlxs) of the information provided.  The physical copy of the log book is available for viewing with the collection at Archives and Special Collections, Carleton University Library.

Banner photo credit: Ben Nelms