canadian soil: In a letter read aloud at a ceremony Sunday morning, Andrzej Duda, president of Poland, said he was proud of the many contributions Polish people have made to Canadian society in areas of science and culture while continuing to carry on their heritage, according to CTV. We want to preserve and develop the closest possible bonds with our compatriots all across the world, and this connection -- the Canadian-Polonia -- occupies a very special place, Duda wrote. Dominik Barcz, a fur merchant from a Polish city on the Baltic coast, was the first recorded Polish immigrant to arrive on Canadian soil in 1752, leading many generations of Poles who later found a new home in Canada. I trust that it will be a lasting trace of Polish people's presence in Canada, and inspiration for even better cooperation between our two respective countries. A plaque on the front of the monument reads A stone from Poland in honour of emigrants from Polish lands who contributed to the creation and development of Canada, which in return offered them shelter and new prospects. The monument, displayed outside the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, is built with a large piece of natural sandstone from southern Poland, mounted on a granite base from Nova Scotia. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.