Mountain Fund (Hamilton, Ont.)

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Mountain Fund (Hamilton, Ont.)

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The Mountain Fund to Help Save the Boat People was founded in 1979 by John Smith, a Christian politician in Hamilton, Ontario in response to the plight of the Vietnamese refugees who fled communist rule in their country in boats to neighbouring countries. Supported by local Hamilton-Wentworth citizens, the Mountain Fund sponsored hundreds of Vietnamese refugees in the 1980s and assisted them in integrating into Canadian society quickly. The Mountain Fund aid extended beyond the crisis and continued to help the Vietnamese in refugee camps into the 1990s.


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