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03/17/2017

Ashcroft monument honours Chinese Canadian legacy

A commemorative monument unveiled today in the historic Ashcroft Chinese Cemetery recognizes the contributions of Chinese Canadians to B.C.'s rich cultural, historical and economic mosaic.

 

The restored Chinese altar with a commemorative bronze plaque is housed in a beautiful gazebo accompanied by framed graves with markers to show respect towards the Chinese pioneers buried there. It also serves as a permanent reminder of the Chinese workers who helped to complete the Canadian Pacific Railway in the late 1800s.

 

Further, the monument honours the Chinese Canadian farmers who constructed irrigation systems for the vegetable canneries in the community where many Chinese people also worked. Their presence still resonates throughout Ashcroft's farming industry.

 

The monument is the third in a series of up to 15 markers - interpretive signs, plaques and monuments - that will be established in communities throughout B.C. in coming months. The Ashcroft monument was created in consultation with the Rotary Club of Ashcroft/Cache Creek and the Ashcroft & District Lions Club. This project is the result of the B.C. government's commitment to create a Chinese legacy for all British Columbians, stemming from the May 2014 apology by B.C.'s legislative assembly.

 

As one of several provincial Chinese legacy projects completed or currently underway, the commemorative monuments project resulted from a report on the Chinese historical wrongs consultations. The report includes a recommendation for one or more regional plaques or monuments to be created to commemorate the positive contributions of Chinese Canadians to B.C.'s history, culture and prosperity.

 

The first marker was celebrated in the community of Kelowna in December 2016.



    Editor:Albert | Source: CNTVNA/Agencies


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