Chinese Legacy BC

In 2014, a formal apology was delivered on behalf of all members of the B.C. legislative assembly to Chinese Canadians for historical wrongs committed by past provincial governments. A report was released that outlined 13 recommendations to recognize the social, cultural and economic contributions of Chinese Canadians to the province.

Today, our diverse, multicultural society makes British Columbia the envy of the world, and gives us a significant advantage in the global economy. However, it was not always this way. Part of our history includes discrimination against Chinese Canadians by past provincial governments.

On May 15, 2014, the Government of British Columbia apologized to its Chinese Canadian community for historical wrongs. It also committed to provide a legacy for all British Columbians so that we can learn more about a time we cannot and should not forget.

This website is a part of that legacy. It offers resources that document the history of the discrimination, chronicle the consultation process and formal Apology in the Legislature, and provide updates on the many legacy projects that highlight the substantial contributions Chinese Canadians have made to the culture, history and economic prosperity of our province.

Most of all, the website tells the stories of hundreds of Chinese Canadians who, despite being subjected to discrimination, persevered with grace and dignity to help make B.C. the diverse and innovative place that it is today.

 

 

Despite many achievements, Chinese pioneers were subjected to systematic, legislated discrimination imposed by past governments that denied them basic human rights. 
 

In late 2013, the Ministry of International Trade and Minister Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism began a consultation process leading to a formal apology to Chinese Canadians for historical wrongs.

In May 2014, a formal apology was delivered on behalf of all members of the B.C. legislative assembly to Chinese Canadians for historical wrongs committed by past provincial governments.

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Legacy projects are being developed that provide a deeper understanding of the hardships endured by Chinese Canadians and a legacy of their accomplishments. 

The Legacy Initiatives Advisory Council provides government with advice to ensure successful implementation of the legacy projects and fosters community engagement throughout the legacy process. 

Find resources, information and perspectives about the historical Chinese experience in British Columbia and across Canada. 

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