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Reclaiming Our Histories

(Spring 2016)

Asian Canadians were among the first to come to these Indigenous lands. Chinese tradespeople arrived in 1788-89 with the early fur traders. And many more came in 1858 during the era of the gold rush. Japanese and South Asians soon followed and lived and worked throughout the islands, from Victoria to Alert Bay, from Tofino to Salt Spring Island. Yet they, with Indigenous peoples, confronted a deep and pervasive racism–deprived of the right to vote, to work on crown projects, or to take up many professions. Despite the many challenges, communities proved resilient, yet too often their stories have been lost.

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