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Oral Histories

In the late 1980s and early 1990s SHFS conducted 93 oral history interviews of immigrants to Saskatchewan. The primary purpose of these oral history interviews was to document the various ethno-cultural traditions, lifestyles and challenges faced by people experiencing major changes in their lives by emigrating to a foreign land. The individual interviews last from approximately 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Many of these can be found below, and we are always adding more!

Click on the page number below to go to the interview of your choice.

The Oral History Program also explores the empowering aspects of storytelling and places the stories of recent immigrants (including their personal heritage of life in another country) in the continuum of Saskatchewan history.

Our most recent (2015) initiative under this program consists of a partnership with the Saskatoon Open Door Society. Through this partnership, a Young Canada Works student was paired with newcomer members of a community gardening project. The purpose of this project was to document stories and memories of recent immigration to Saskatchewan and the prairies. Our student interviewed participants from Bangladesh, Belgium, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Iran, Philippines, Swaziland, United States, and Vietnam. Watch for these interviews to be uploaded in the future.

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Oral Histories Main Page

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Finnish culture & traditions – Walter Knutilla on May 30, 1989. Mennonite culture & traditions – Kay Klassen on August 30, 1989.
Filipino culture & traditions – Eusebio L Kol on July, 1990. Early Photography of Saskatchewan’s People – Everett Baker on November 9, 1970.
Ukrainian culture & traditions – Tony Kraun. German culture & traditions – Katherine Hooge on July 24, 1989 (in German).
Ukrainian culture & traditions – Jacob Guenter on July 24, 1989 (in German). French culture & traditions – Cécile Collin on October 11, 1989 (in French).
British culture & traditions – Margaret Kerr on April 20, 1990. Doukhobor culture & traditions – William Kalmakoff on May 9, 1990.
Mennonite culture & traditions – Abe Klassen on March 30, 1990. Doukhobor culture & traditions – Sam Kalesnikoff on May 4, 1990.
Hungarian culture & traditions – Bill Jonas on May 30, 1989. Iranian culture & traditions – Adib Ighani on January 26, 1990.

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Slovakian culture & traditions  Gabriella & John Hudec on February 8, 1990. The Holstein Family Farm – Dwight Holstein on February 14, 1990.
Ukrainian culture & traditions – Olga Grod on September, 1989. Scottish culture & traditions – Helen Hammer on June 13, 1990.
Scottish culture & traditions – Lyn Gilboy on March 23, 1990. Swedish culture & traditions – Jennie Freed on June 29, 1989.
Belgian culture & traditions – Willie de Backere. Jewish culture & traditions – Barbara Donen on May 4, 1989.
The role of Cree storytellers – Wes Fineday. Jewish culture & traditions – Anna Feldman on May 11, 1990.

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Jewish culture & traditions – Keiva Feldman on June 5, 1990. Welsh culture & traditions – Wayne Davis on May 30, 1990.
Hollander culture & traditions – Camiel de Cooke on June 12, 1989. Chinese-Canadian discrimination – Mr. Reginald Bing-Wo on June 5th, 1990.
Doukhobour culture & traditions – Mrs. Mary Fofonoff on May 11th, 1990. Canadian War Bride – Peggy Fry on June 12th, 1990.
Hungarian culture & traditions; Communism in Hungary; WWII experiences – Laslo Gallus on March 26th, 1990 Mennonite culture & traditions; living in Rhinefeld, SK –  Mary Hiebert on March 30, 1990.
Ukrainian culture & traditions –  Mr. Mike Dyda on May 30th, 1989. Danube Swabian culture & traditions – Mary Skikevitch on July 29, 1989.

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Russian culture & traditions – Jacob E. Friesen on June 19, 1989. Temperance Colonist memories – Norah Gray on March 21, 1990.
Vietnamese culture & traditions – Huynh Nguyen on March 21, 1990. Swedish culture & traditions – Doris Lundquist on June 28, 1989.
El Salvador culture & traditions – F. Jose Moran on April 22, 1989. Jewish culture & traditions – Hermann Neumann on May 28, 1990.
Korean culture & traditions – Dr. Kang-Nam Oh on April 26 and May 9, 1990. Latin American culture & traditions – Rodolfo and Ximena Pino on June 7, 1990.
Cree First Nations culture & traditions – Adele Ratt on April 19, 1990. Sikh culture & traditions – Dr. G. Basran on November 19, 1989.

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English culture & traditions – Marion Beck on April 30, 1990. Norwegian culture & traditions – Adela Burstad on May 16, 1990.
Czech culture & traditions – Edward Bily on April 25, 1989. Polish culture & traditions – Donna and Stan Brzoza on March 6, 1990.
Chinese culture & traditions – Mary Chan in 1990. Norwegian culture & traditions – Cory Ragnhild on March 15, 1990.
Libyan culture & traditions – Archie Crail on April 15, 1989. Bahá’í culture & traditions – May Cummings on March 12, 1990.
Scottish culture & traditions – David Davidson on March 7, 1989. Welsh culture & traditions – Joyce Davis on May 30, 1990.

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