The Government of British Columbia has confirmed the remaining six dates for the consultation forums to right historical wrongs against the Chinese community.
Feedback from the forums will be used by the government to form an appropriate apology to be read in the provincial legislature, and supported by all parties in the BC government.
Honourable Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism, will travel to various communities and engage with Chinese citizens and associations who were directly or indirectly affected by prejudicial legislation.
The Chinese community in BC suffered legislated inequality and discrimination in periods between 1885-1947. Multiple forms of discriminatory legislation were imposed including the Chinese Immigration Act (1885) and the Chinese Exclusion Act (1923), restricting Chinese individuals from entering Canada.
Since 2002, over $9.1 million has been spent on funding programs and initiatives promoting multiculturalism, addressing racism and building inclusive communities in the province.
BC is one of the most ethnically diverse provinces in Canada, welcoming nearly 40,000 new immigrants each year.
The Apology for Historical Wrongs forums are open to the public, and are listed below.
Victoria Sunday, November 17, 2013 Consolidated Chinese Benevolent Association
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. 636 Fisgard Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1R6
Kamloops Thursday, December 19, 2013 Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 1250 Rogers Way
Kamloops, BC V1S 1N5
Vancouver Sunday, January 12 , 2014 Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. 50 E Pender St
Vancouver, BC V6A 3V6
Kelowna Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 2402 Hwy 97 North
Kelowna, V1X 4J1
Burnaby Monday, January 20, 2014 Metro Town Hilton
7:00 – 9:00 p.m 6083 McKay Ave
Burnaby, V5H 2W7
Prince George Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Civic Centre – Room 208
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 808 Civic Plaza
Prince George, BC V2L 5T6
Richmond Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 8181 Cambie Road
Richmond, B.C. V6X 3X9
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