Canadians of Dutch descent


Canadians of Dutch descent
Dutch Canadian
Nederlandse Canadezen
Darfur-Rally 019.jpgCornelius Krieghoff.jpg
Roméo Dallaire . Cornelius Krieghoff
Total population
1,035,965
3.12% of the Canadian Population
Regions with significant populations
Ontario, Western Canada, Atlantic Canada, Quebec
Languages

English, French, Dutch, Frisian.

Religion

Protestant, Roman Catholic

Related ethnic groups

Dutch people, Dutch Brazilians, Dutch Americans, Dutch Surinamese, Afrikaners

According to the Canada 2006 Census, there are 1,035,965 Canadians of Dutch descent, including those of full or partial ancestry.

Contents

History

The first Dutch people to come to Canada were Dutch-Americans among the United Empire Loyalists. The largest wave was in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century when large numbers of Dutch helped settle the Canadian west. During this period significant numbers also settled in major cities like Toronto. While interrupted by the First World War this migration returned in the 1920s, but again halted during the Great Depression and Second World War. After world war II a large number of Dutch immigrants moved to Canada, including a number of war brides of the Canadian soldiers who liberated the Netherlands. During the war Canada had sheltered Crown Princess Juliana and her family. The annual Canadian Tulip Festival held in May commemorates her with a generous amount of the Tulips coming from The Netherlands. Due to these close links Canada became a popular destination for Dutch immigrants. The Canadian government encouraged this, recruiting skilled workers. This post-war wave went mainly to urban centres such as Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver. With the economic recovery of the Netherlands in the post-war years immigration to Canada greatly slowed.

While one of the largest minority groups in Canada, Dutch Canadians have tended to rapidly assimilate and there are relatively few Dutch Canadian organizations and media. One important institution is the Christian Reformed Church in North America, with most congregations found throughout Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario. The Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, The King's University College in Edmonton, and Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario are associated with this Dutch Reformed/Calvinist denomination. Christian Schools International, the Christian Labour Association of Canada, and the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario are organizations with strong Dutch-Canadian roots.

Dutch Canadians, because of their shared cultural and religious heritage, tend to form tight knit communities. This has led to an in-joke known as Dutch Bingo [3], where it is said that a Dutch Canadian is able to figure out his/her connection to another Dutch Canadian by asking questions about the other's last name, town of birth, church and the college they attended.

Notable Canadians of Dutch descent

Academia

  • Parzival Copes (1924 - ) economist with a particular interest in regional science and specialization in fisheries economics and management
  • Sidney van den Bergh (1929 - ) astronomer[1]
  • Mark Brodwin (1974 - ) astrophysicist[2]

Arts and Entertainment

Business

Politics and Civil Service

Sports

  • Evert van Benthem (1958 - ), speed skater, won the Elfstedentocht in 1985 and 1986
  • Petra Burka (1946 - ) Olympic figure skater[6]
  • Karl Dykhuis (1972- ) Ice hockey player; first cousin of Mark Brodwin (1974 - ) astrophysicist.
  • Adam van Koeverden (1982 - ) Olympic gold medalist in K-1 500 m. His last name relates him to the Dutch city of Coevorden
  • Trevor Linden (1970 - ) ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Vancouver Canucks
  • Dwight Lodeweges (1957 - ) footballer and coach
  • Joe Nieuwendyk (1966 - ) ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Florida Panthers
  • Beorn Nijenhuis (1984 - ) speed skater, who represents the Netherlands at the 2006 Winter Olympics[7]
  • John van 't Schip (1963 - ) footballer
  • Eric Staal (1984 - ) ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Carolina Hurricanes
  • Jordan Staal (1988 - ) ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Bruce Timmermans ( - 1999) activist cyclist and founder of Citizens for Safe Cycling Ottawa [8]
  • Kelly VanderBeek (1983 - ) Alpine Skier
  • Mike Vanderjagt (1970 - ) the most accurate kicker in NFL history. Played for the Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys and is currently a Free Agent.
  • Greg de Vries (1973 - ) Ice hockey player
  • Steve Yzerman (1965 - ) retired NHL player for the Detroit Red Wings

Farming

References

Footnotes

Web sites


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Canadians of Danish descent — Danish Canadian …   Wikipedia

  • Dutch diaspora — The Dutch diaspora is the movement, migration, or scattering of the Dutch away from the Netherlands.[1] Emigration from the Netherlands has been happening for at least the last eight centuries. In several former Dutch colonies and trading… …   Wikipedia

  • Dutch American — Nederlandse Amerikanen …   Wikipedia

  • Dutch Chilean — chileno holandes or chileno neerlandés Notable Dutch Chileans: Jacqueline van Rysselberghe Total population 50,000 Regions with significa …   Wikipedia

  • Dutch New Zealander — Nederlandse Nieuw Zeelander Hayley Westenra Total population 100,000 [1] …   Wikipedia

  • Dutch Australian — Nederlandse Australiër Notable Dutch Australians: Richie Vandenberg , Nathan van Berlo …   Wikipedia

  • Dutch people — This article is about the ethnic group known as the Dutch and their descendants world wide. For information on the population of the Netherlands, see Demographics of the Netherlands. The Dutch (Nederlanders) Street view in a small Dutch town… …   Wikipedia

  • Dutch (ethnic group) — Infobox Ethnic group group=The Dutch (Nederlanders) Dutch people talking on the street poptime= 20 million 31.5 million(Blue → Dutch born) (Green → Reported ancestry) region1 = flagcountry|Netherlands pop1 = 13,186,600 (Ethnic Dutch)… …   Wikipedia

  • Canadians of Czech ethnicity — Notable Czech Canadian: Josef Škvorecký Total population 98,090 Regions with significant populations Alberta, B …   Wikipedia

  • Canadian-Dutch relations — describes the foreign relations between Canada and the Netherlands. History Dutch relations with what later become Canada began with the founding of the first Dutch colonies in North America (New Netherland) and their conflict with the… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.