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About the Project

In 2015 the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council awarded $225,000 over three years for the research project “Asian Canadians on Vancouver Island: Race, Indigeneity and the Transpacific” (John Price, Project Director). The purpose of the project is to document and (re)conceptualize Asian Canadian history on Vancouver Island, with specific focus on ties with First Nations and the transpacific. It will look at historical relationships among Asian Canadian communities on Vancouver Island and adjacent islands, their relations with First Nations, and also draw attention to allies who, in standing up for the rights of the marginalized, were harbingers of Canada’s multicultural future. The project’s goals include the establishment of a select digital archive on Asian Canadian/Indigenous history; the writing of two books based on this collection; the construction of a digital history website housing the stories and related inventories from local archives and museums; a learning resource for history instructors; and the mounting of Asian Canadian exhibits in local museums.