Swedes in Canada

Målsättning: en omfattande historik över Canadas svenska befolkning

Great news! What we have been waiting for has finally happened, and my book Swedes in Canada: Invisible Immigrants is available in bookstores in Canada, the United States and Sweden! Place an order for it in your favourite bookstore if it is not already there, or ask your library to order it from University of Toronto Press. The price for a softcover copy is $35.95, and for a hard cover $80, but you may be able to find a better price on the internet. Book launches and autographings have been held in Edmonton at Audreys Books (10 September), in Winnipeg at McNally Robinson Books (16 September), in Thunder Bay at the Thunder Bay Museum (26 September) and at the Scandinavian Home Society (10 October, and in Ottawa at the Officers Mess (21 October) presented by the Canadian Nordic Society and the Embassy of Sweden. Further autographings will take place in Vancouver at the Scandinavian Centre (Swedish Christmas Fair on the weekend of 21-22 November, from 11am-4pm) and a reading will be presented the following Tuesday evening. Hope to see you there! The research material, all 29 boxes, has been accepted by University of Manitoba Archives in Winnipeg, and is now available to researchers. The collection will be online shortly.


I very strongly support Elinor Barr's plans for research about the history of the Swedes in Canada. Being myself an emigration scholar who the last fifteen years have devoted much time to the study of the Swedes in Canada, I have met Mrs. Barr's earlier research and am very impressed of it. This makes me to consider her ability to succeed with this new project being really great. - Dr. Lars Ljungmark, Docent in History, University of Göteborg. Retired, author of Svenskarna i Winnipeg, published by Emigrantinstitutets Vänner, Växjö, Sweden.

You're just the person to undertake such a project. You're an indefatigable, energetic, competent person with a vision of what can and ought to be. You're methodical, you do things right. - Irene Howard, author of Vancouver's Svenskar.

A determined and diligent historical researcher and writer ... I know Elinor will do us proud in carrying out research on the Swedish experience in Canada. - A. Ernest Epp, Professor of History, Lakehead University.

It would be wonderful with a history of the Swedes in Canada and you would be the right person to research and write it. - Anders Neumueller, editor, Swedish Press.

For years I have wondered why there has not been a book on Swedes in Canada and, learning of Elinor Barr's interest in writing such a book, decided to lend my wholehearted support to such a project. - Donald Sjoberg, National Fundraising Coordinator, Swedes in Canada project.

It pleases me very much that the documentation of the history of the Swedes involved in the development of Canada is about to be recorded. - Lennart Peterson, Grand Master, Vasa Order of America.

I was very pleased to learn about the project to record Swedish immigration to Canada. It is important not to forget the history of the Swedish community as part of the multicultural Canadian society. Having met Elinor Barr I know of her enthusiasm for the project and wish her the best of luck with this large undertaking. - Lennart Alvin, Ambassador of Sweden to Canada.