British Columbia and Canada
Through Arriving Eyes



The Project


The “British Columbia and Canada through Arriving Eyes” research project identifies key materials describing German immigrants’ experiences of British Columbia and Western Canada (including Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba). The website includes an extensive bibliography of primary & secondary resources about German-speaking immigrants in Western Canada and their experiences, perspectives, impressions and perceptions since their arrival in Canada. Under the category “Immigrant Stories”, the website provides oral history interviews, pictures, diaries & documents of German-Canadians, which are also accessible through UBC’s cIRcle. This is the first project focusing specifically on German speaking immigrants and their relationship to Western Canada. The website functions as a public exhibit and resource platform for researchers, students and the public.



Immigrant Stories
The “British Columbia and Canada through Arriving Eyes” research project conducted several interviews with German speaking immigrants from Germany & Austria, living in Canada. The stories depict the vast variety of immigrant experiences, perspectives and impressions they encountered living in British Columbia and Western Canada. The immigrant collection entails oral history interviews, transcripts, photographs, letters, original travel documents, etc.

Immigrant Stories/ Immigrant Stories




The bibliography holds German & English resources related to German immigrants with a German, Austrian or Swiss background who immigrated ca. 1850-present to Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan & Manitoba). It includes diaries, poems, biographies, articles, collections, theses, photographs, audio recordings, websites, etc.

Resources/ Resources





The “British Columbia and Canada through Arriving Eyes” project is run by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. The members are Dr. Kyle Frackman, Assistant Professor of Germanic Studies at the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies; Keith Bunnell, Reference and Collections Librarian (Humanities & Social Sciences Division) at the Walter C. Koerner Library & Marc Stoeckle, Research and Learning Librarian for the School of Creative & Performing Arts and the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures & Cultures at the University of Calgary.


About/ About



Please visit the official blog of the research project, which was written over the course of over one year. It includes oral history interviews, field trips, collecting and researching archival material, etc.

Blog / Blog