Saturday, March 13, 2010

Introducing to the Ivanov Family

Over the past few days, I had the opportunity to talk to a Russian family who immigrated to Canada at the turn of the century, in 1901. I already wrote two posts about their adventurous journey as new comers to Canada. But I forgot to introduce them to you! :-( It's pity, but first thing is first - here's a brief introduction to the Ivanov family:

"As a Russian family, The Ivanov family came to Canada at the Turn of the Century. They managed to settle in Manitoba because of job opportunities and availability of free land. Mr. Ivanov’s poor education made it hard to find a job and he finally managed to become a railway ballast laborer. The Ivanov family consisted of seven members. Filat, the older son of Mr and Mrs Ivnov, managed to job to support his family. Mrs. Ivanov, who was 35 then, could not find a job the in first few years after we had migrated to Canada. The sibling of Filat, Palton who was 12 and Pavel who was 10, often helped him to sell newspapers, which was his primary job at the time. Things the Ivanovs hoped were to provide their kids with a better education and hoped that they would become good citizens in the future.

The Ivanovs feared that they world be unemployed for a longer period of time because of their lack of education, their unfamiliarity of the new language and inability to adapt to an unfamiliar society. Because of these reasons, they never knew what would happen to their kids and to themselves. It was very hard for them to adapt to the new society because of poor language skills. Mr. Ivanov’s job, as a railway ballast laborer in the Brandon Railway Station, was the one of most significant events because it foreshadowed a rich future. Other important events include the days that Filat found his first job as a newspaper boy and the first day of his school in Kenton Junior High School in 1901. Filat admitted that he liked Canada because there was no violence; there were equality rights and a good education system."

If you haven't done so, please go back and read the previous two posts that I wrote earlier. I'll write again tomorrow.

-- David

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