Enregistrement par Cornelius Jaenen d'un interview avec ? The recording is of an interview about the personal life of an unnamed Belgian-Canadian. The interviewee begins by sharing his immigration story from Belgium to Alberta. He provides an outline of his career in banking and experience in the field in Alberta and Winnipeg. In addition to providing some brief details about his life journey, the interviewee provides glimpses into his experience in St. Boniface. He also discusses the topic of language and language rights. [-48:50] Interviewee begins by stating his birthplace and birthdate. [-48:23] Interviewee states that he immigrated to Canada on September 30, 1907. He describes the route he took from Belgium to Lethbridge. He responds to the questions about his immigration by ship and rail. He talks about food sharing. [-46:22] Interviewee provides the reasons that made him decide to immigrate to Canada. He talks about the port town...
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Enregistrement par Cornelius Jaenen d'un interview avec ? The recording is of an interview about the personal life of an unnamed Belgian-Canadian. The interviewee begins by sharing his immigration story from Belgium to Alberta. He provides an outline of his career in banking and experience in the field in Alberta and Winnipeg. In addition to providing some brief details about his life journey, the interviewee provides glimpses into his experience in St. Boniface. He also discusses the topic of language and language rights. [-48:50] Interviewee begins by stating his birthplace and birthdate. [-48:23] Interviewee states that he immigrated to Canada on September 30, 1907. He describes the route he took from Belgium to Lethbridge. He responds to the questions about his immigration by ship and rail. He talks about food sharing. [-46:22] Interviewee provides the reasons that made him decide to immigrate to Canada. He talks about the port town of Brugge, Belgium. He provides details about the history Belgian immigration and the context that influenced his personal decision to immigrate to Canada. He explains that, at this time, white collar immigration was uncommon in Belgium, so he was “an exception”. [-41:52] Interviewee talks about this education experience as part of his immigration story. Upon completion of his final year of high school, he secured a position at a bank. He talks the pay and prestige of the position in the bank. [-38:08] Interviewee explains that his English language competency comes from his father who was born in Waterford, Ireland. His mother was Flemish. He talks about his father’s work as a self-employed artist. [-35:40] Interviewee describes his start in the banking field. He explains that after he had saved money to immigrate, the bank accepted his resignation and provided him a positive testimonial. In 1907, he applied to the Union Bank in Calgary, Alberta. He talks about the two men who reviewed his application being the same two men that greeted him in Winnipeg in 1921 when he was transferred to the Royal Bank. [-33:40] Interviewee returns to talking about his banking experience, explaining his work in Alberta and transfer to Winnipeg in 1921. He then talks about his transfer to the St. Boniface branch in 1932. He says it was “quite the experience” to work with Francophones and Flemish speakers once again. [-32:00] Interviewee talks about how he learned English, French and Flemish, his language competencies and how he got the banking job in Lethbridge, Alberta with basic English skills. [-30:30] Interviewee states that he enjoyed working in Lethbridge “very, very much”. [-30:28] Interviewee states that his banking branch had a large account with Wallace and Ross who had “huge” ranches in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. He converses with the interviewers about the operators and clients of the bank. [-29:27] Interviewee talks about the Crowsnest Branch. [-28:55] Interviewee shares his annual wage and talks about getting a pay increase. He lived in a boarding house when he was in Lethbridge, Alberta. [-27:54] Interviewee talks about his involvement in the Lethbridge community. [-27:13] Interviewee talks about meeting Oblate fathers, including Father Lacombe, Father Leduc, and Father Lestange. He elaborates on his impression of Father Lacombe. [-26:16] Interviewee describes the “Indians” (First Nations) that he encountered in Alberta. [-25:25] Interviewee returns to talking about his community activities and meeting women. He was married in 1914 in Calgary to Stella Burns. They had 8 children and lost 1 child at the age of 39. [-23:40] Interviewee talks about coming to work at St. Boniface. He describes the branch. [-23:00] Interviewee states that he and his family lived on Preston Avenue in Winnipeg. Two of his daughters attended St. Mary’s Academy. [-22:04] Interviewee responds to the interviewers question, “How did things go for you at the St. Boniface branch?” He talks about the steady business growth of the area during his career at the bank. He retired in 1949 with a good pension. [-20:42] Interviewee talks about his retirement and highlights his stamp collecting hobby. [-19:44] Interviewee explains that he joined the Belgium Club and talks about the Belgium Chamber of Commerce’s pursuits prior to World War Two (WWII). [-18:48] Interviewee says that the bank supported some Belgian dairy farmers but declined to state the names of the farmers for privacy purposes. He talks about the change in management at the bank. [-17:09] Interviewee talks about his travel experiences and visits to family and friends in Belgium. He states that he hopes to continue his travels for a little while longer. [-15:25] Interviewee states the names of his children and provides minimal details. [-14:32] Interviewee talks about his involvement with Camp Morton. [-13:22] Interviewee explains that he was not around for the 1950 flood in Winnipeg as he was travelling in France. He saw the story on the front page of the news. [-11:45] Interviewee talks about Flemish and Walloon relations, the language regions of Belgium and the struggle to improve Flemish language use. He provides a short historical narrative on the Flemish language. He cites an article and invites the interviewer to draw her own conclusions. He states that he does not feel bitter towards the French in Belgium. He feels regret that the Flemish were oppressed. He also confesses his sympathy for Francophone-Canadians and their struggle to protect their language rights. “My leanings always seem to go to the underdog.” He concludes by sharing a prayer for the interviewee and listeners to meditate on. [-3:49] Recording ends.
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Keywords: Belgian history, Belgian-Canadian, immigration, banks and banking, language rights Names (business): Union Bank, Royal Bank Names (people): Stella Burns, Father Lacombe, Father Leduc, Father Lestange Names (places): Belgium, Brugge, Ireland, Waterford, Alberta, Calgary, Lethbridge, Crowsnest, Manitoba, Winnipeg, St. Boniface, Preston Avenue Names (other institutions and associations): Oblates, Belgium Club, Belgium Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Academy, Camp Morton, Born in Belgium in 1889.
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