Holyoke Has No “Canada Week” Plans

by Laurel | January 6th, 2014

06 January 1929

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Holyoke, Jan. 5 — No knowledge of the observance of “Canada Week” in Holyoke has been obtainable in this city. Editor Joseph Lussier of “La Justice” the local French paper said today that he knew nothing of it except what he had seen in the newspapers. The observance was supposed to start on Monday and continue a week but so far local French citizens do not seem to have been informed of it or to have planned for any celebrating of any sort. (From The Springfield Republican.)

One might wonder why little or no information is available about Canada Week. A little more investigation uncovered this brief article which offers more information about “Canada Week” and certainly a reason why the New England states seem to be ignoring the event. Published in the Lewiston (Maine) Evening Journal on the same day:

Montreal, January 5 — (AP) — The observance of “Canada Week” in Holyoke, Mass., planned for January 7 to 12, will provide the opening of the 1929 drive in the French repatriation movement, it became known Friday.

The object of the celebration is to assist in the repatriation of French Canadians from the New England states. It has been organized by L. A. Delorme, Canadian Government agent at Woonsocket, R.I.

Advices received at the Canadian Pacific railroad’s department of colonization and development from Alberta indicate there is a lively demand for French-Canadian farm workers around Edmonton.

Adapted from The Springfield Republican and Lewiston (Maine) Evening Journal.


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