The following photographs were taken by the Department of National Defence at the Longue-Pointe reception centre in the fall of 1972. The photographs show the reception area, newcomers lining up for a meal, and interviews with the resettlement officers.

In the 40th Anniversary Edition of Roger St. Vincent’s Seven Crested Cranes, the Canadian Immigration Historical Society contextualized the photos taken by Cpl. Chagnon and Mr. Johnson:

“‘Curry, Cots, and Counselling’ is how the September 28, 1972 Globe and Mail described the reception arrangements the Canadian Military prepared at CFB Longue Pointe outside of Montreal for the 31 chartered flights that carried over 4,400 of the refugees to Canada. The facility had a hospital and a nursery, and the capacity to accommodate up to one thousand newcomers at a time. Immigration formalities, orientation, and decisions about final destinations were attended to by counsellors from the Department of Manpower and Immigration and a range of voluntary agencies. The new arrivals were issued warm clothing and the children, on the first flight at least, were given plastic mountie dolls and Ookpiks. The reception team was particularly proud of the fact that the army cooks had been given a crash course in Indian cuisine by the Maharajah Restaurant in Montreal. Roger St. Vincent records how quickly word of the warm reception filtered back to Kampala.”

These images are located in the Department of National Defence fonds at Library and Archives Canada, and are reproduced here with permission. The reference numbers for each photograph are provided in the caption of the photo, and the images can also be viewed on the Library and Archives Canada website.

Citation: Reception of Ugandan Asian Refugees at Longue Pointe Canadian Forces, October 1972
© Government of Canada. Reproduced with the permission of Library and Archives Canada (2015).
Source: Library and Archives Canada/Department of National Defence fonds/e011052344