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George Cramm (1938-2018), Canadian Humanitarian: Veteran of the Latin American Working Group

“Besides the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, George Cram served a number of refugee advocacy organizations, and successfully pushed for the granting of Canadian visas to released prisoners in Chile during the rule of dictator Augusto Pinochet. Photo: General Synod Archives, from the Anglican Journal, March 20 2018”


To honour George Cramm, who died last month, we publish below the notes of the speech he gave five years ago, to commemorate a unique moment in the history of refugees in Canada which he led, the Political Prisoner Program.  We also reproduce the text of the obituary prepared by the Anglican Journal, which highlights the many institutions which benefited from his commitment to ecumenical social justice.  We thank his close colleague and member of the CNHH, John Foster, for sharing these documents as well as the obituary published by the Toronto Star published an obituary on March 21. John first met George via United Church youth work in 1961, and was best man at his wedding.


Notes from a talk given by George Cram about […] The Political Prisoner Program

CASA Salvador Allende 40th Anniversary Remembrance, Toronto, September 7, 2013

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Canadian Veteran Humanitarian Honoured by Chilean Embassy of Ottawa

Dr. John W. Foster honoured at the home of the Ambassador of Chile.



The Latin American Working Group is working in collabortion with the CNHH in order to collect, organize and publicize its historical activities.  Its website, “Si Hay Camino”  is already rich in material.  Most of its archives are deposited at the Center for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) of York University, and the collection of books and archives has an online Finding Aid. In parallel, the CNHH is working with Carleton University Archives and Research Collections, to transfer John Foster’s personal papers there, to add to the papers of another veteran director of Oxfam Canada, Meyer Brownstone.

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