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Public apology

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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