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We're All Immigrants: Canadians Share Stories Of Coming To Canada

09/12/2015 10:14 EDT | Updated 09/14/2015 10:59 EDT
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TORONTO, ON - APRIL 1: Group shot of new Canadians who originate from countries that are competing in Pan Am Games pose for pictures at the Pan Am Games celebration, 100-day countdown with citizenship ceremony for 100 new Canadians at the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes' Village Cooper-Koo Family YMCA building in Toronto. (Vince Talotta/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Diversity is as much a part of the Canadian cultural identity as maple syrup.

In 2011, 20 per cent of Canadians were foreign-born, according to the National Household Survey by Statistics Canada.

So as the pictures of Alan Kurdi sparked a worldwide debate on immigration policy, they hit hard with Canadians. Not only because the toddler and his family were trying to get to Canada when he, his brother and his mother drowned, but because many Canadians are themselves former refugees and immigrants.

Canada has just pledged more aid for Syrians and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says the province would like to settle 10,000 refugees.

But historically, Canada has done more to help refugees and migrants. Some fled because of economic crisis. Others, because of war. But Canada accepted them all.

To remind us of the importance of immigrants to Canada's history, columnist Stephen Lautens started the hashtag '#WeAreAllImmigrants'

Of course, Canadians responded resoundingly by sharing their (and their family's) stories of coming to Canada:

Do you have a story to share? Tell us in the comments below.

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