2010 Canada stamp remembers Home Children

2010 Home Children stamp
2010 Home Children stamp

On September 1st, 2010, Canada Post began issuing a stamp raising awareness about Canada’s role in the British child migration scheme.

In 1869, Annie Macpherson, distraught over the working conditions of child slaves in her country, came up with the idea of sending them overseas to better conditions with welcoming families. While some children may have benefited from the change, many ended up abused, exploited, or overworked as domestic servants. One of the child distribution centers in Canada was located in Knowlton, Quebec, not far from the offices of Arpin Philately.

Some countries, such as Australia and Britain, have issued apologies to victims of the British Home Child plan. The government of Canada, while refusing to issue an apology, has proclaimed 2010 the Year of the British Home Child. Hopefully this will provide some comfort to families who descended from Home Children.

2 thoughts on “2010 Canada stamp remembers Home Children”

  1. Hello, I am writing a story about my grandfather who was a British Home Child from 1893 in Ontario Canada. I would like to use the 2010 Home Children Stamp on the cover of my story, would this be possible ? I would like to eventually publish the booklet when it is finished. I live in New Zealand and it is not easy getting information other than from the Internet. It is a really lovely stamp
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Best wishes
    Elizabeth Noffke


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