The Lost Canadians: A Struggle for Citizenship Rights, Equality and Identity by Don ChapmanThe Lost Canadians: A Struggle for Citizenship Rights, Equality and Identity by Don Chapman

The Lost Canadians: A Struggle for Citizenship Rights, Equality and Identity

byDon Chapman

Paperback | May 15, 2015

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When Vancouver-born Don Chapman was six years old, he was stripped of his Canadian citizenship, thanks to an arcane provision of the 1947 Canadian Citizenship Act. Years later, he was stunned to discover that he couldn't return to his homeland, and thus began his David and Goliath battle to change Canada's discriminatory citizenship laws. He's since become the voice for hundreds of thousands of others like himself, now collectively known as the Lost Canadians, whose ranks have included such Canadian icons as Roméo Dallaire, Guy Lombardo, Leslie Nielsen, Ricky Gervais, and Nobel Prize winners Willard Boyle and Saul Bellow. Children born on military bases overseas were affected, as were tens of thousands of Second World War brides and their children. Perhaps the most stunning of all: Canada doesn't recognize some living Second World War veterans as citizens.In riveting, hard-hitting prose, Chapman describes his fight to rectify this deep social injustice. He renders in heartbreaking detail the stories of Lost Canadians who've had their identities torn from them, thanks to labyrinthine legislation, bumbling bureaucracy, disinterested politicians, and a complacent media. After decades, Don's quest has restored citizenship to around one million people.DON CHAPMAN was born in Vancouver, B.C., but lost his Canadian citizenship ?as a six-year-old. He's been fighting the government ever since, becoming the face of the Canadian citizenship rights movement. He coined the phrase "Lost Canadians" that is now used widely to describe other Canadians in his position. He has testified several times before both the House and Senate, and has been interviewed by major media outlets around the world, including CBC television and radio, CTV, Maclean's, the National Post, the BBC, Le Monde, The Economist, Reader's Digest, the Wall Street Journal, and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. He's also spoken at various universities and organizations worldwide. Chapman is a United Airlines pilot, currently on leave. He blogs at
Don Chapman was born in Vancouver, B.C. He lost his Canadian citizenship when he was six years old. He has been fighting for it ever since, and has become the fac0e of the citizenship rights movement. He coined the phrase “Lost Canadians” that is now used widely to describe Canadians in his position. He has spoken at Senate hearings in...
Title:The Lost Canadians: A Struggle for Citizenship Rights, Equality and IdentityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:May 15, 2015Publisher:Pugwash PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0994055404

ISBN - 13:9780994055408

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book For Every Canadian This book is 379 pages long and yet I could have read it in one sitting. If you have ever taken your citizenship for granted (and who among us doesn't) you really need to read this book. Who knew there were so many ways to lose Canadian citizenship? I certainly didn't. And some of those reasons are due to obscure laws which very few people know about, our government(s) included. Not only are these laws obscure but they are contradictory. And the problem seems to be that not only do many Canadians not know about this situation, many of those who do know simply don't seem to care. This includes most of our politicians over the years with the exception of a very few. The author of the book, Don Chapman, was himself a Lost Canadian and so began his journey to right generations of wrongs by Canadian governments of all stripes. As he began his own journey to reclaim his birthright, people from all over began to contact him with their own horrible stories of how their citizenships were lost or not granted even though they were Canadian-born. Don presents many of these stories, not in his own words, but written by the affected people themselves. He tells of how he has taken up all of their causes, winning some, losing most. He tells of meetings too numerous to count, with politicians and bureaucrats. Promises were made. Promises were not kept. A few of the stateless Lost Canadians died before they got their due. As I read these stories I wondered how this can be, especially in a country like Canada which prides itself on it's human rights record. What about human rights for it's own citizens? None of the major news media networks were interested, Reading these accounts I understood what it's like to bag your head against a brick wall. It is said that when you stop, you feel better. Don Chapman is not stopping. This book gives a clear account of part of Canada's history which, for reasons I still do not understand, is not known by most people. What is a bigger part of our identity than our citizenship? Why is Don Chapman having to work so hard and for so many decades to right a wrong which should not exist if a country really cares about it's citizens, as Canada claims to do? Although it is 379 pages long, this book in eminently readable. The chapters flow one into another with such ease as Don recounts the stories of his “Lost Canadians” and his indefatigable efforts on their behalf. If there is any book on Canada which you should read, it's this one. Who knows? You, or someone you know, may be a Lost Canadian and you don't even know it.
Date published: 2016-01-27