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A commemorative monument unveiled today in the Kamloops Chinese Heritage Cemetery recognizes the contributions of Chinese Canadians to British Columbia's rich cultural, historical and economic mosaic.
The monument consists of a recently completed steel plaque; in addition to existing steel plaques in English and Chinese affixed to a gazebo identifying those interred in the cemetery, and reflects the 2014 apology delivered on behalf of the B.C. legislative assembly to Chinese Canadians for historical wrongs committed by past provincial governments.
It serves as a permanent reminder of the Chinese workers who helped to complete the Canadian Pacific Railway in the late 1800s. Those who survived the dangerous work of building the railway later worked on local farms or in orchards. Others became merchants and restaurant owners.
This monument is the fourth 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 Kamloops monument was created in consultation with the Kamloops Chinese Cultural Association and the Kamloops Chinese Freemasons. 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 Kelowna in December 2016.
- Editor:Albert | Source: CNTVNA/Agencies
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