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Seeking that acre and a cow: The 3,000 Family Scheme settlement experience


This exhibit explores immigration and farming in Canada through the experiences of Herbert William Hunt, a British World War I veteran who settled in Saskatchewan for ten years during the Great Depression. Hunt’s migration was facilitated by the 3,000 Family Scheme, a joint settlement effort by Canada and the United Kingdom to populate the Canadian West with people of Anglo-Saxon descent, while also addressing postwar unemployment and civil unrest.[i] Though the program offered Hunt and his wife, Jessica, a venue for the independence that they craved, settling on a farm north of Spruce Lake and east of St. Walburg in Saskatchewan, their time in Canada was fraught with adversity. Hunt’s records, including diaries, account books, correspondence, and photographs, were donated to the archives by his nephew, A. Godfrey Hunt. The entire digitized collection can be found in the York University Libraries Digital Repository

[i] Rebecca J. Manusco. “Three Thousand Families: English Canada’s Colonizing Vision and British Family Settlement, 1919-39,” Journal of Canadian Studies 45 (2011): 9-10, doi: 10.1353/jcs.2011.0030.




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