[ Canada Welcomes Immigrants, 1880, Unknown, D.B. Weldon Library, University of Western Ontario AP5.C13 ]

Canada was, and remains, a nation of immigrants. The Donnellys and many of their neighbours emigrated from Ireland during the 1840’s, a time of great difficulty in Ireland. Like other immigrants, the Donnellys sought a better life in what was to become Canada. The process of immigration was often arduous and occasionally even deadly. Once in Canada, attitudes towards the newcomers could make life difficult for immigrants, for many did not welcome Irish immigrants like the Donnellys to Canada.


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