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Fort Langley National Historic Site

I recently visited Langley Centennial Museum to do some research. My maternal grandparents settled on Stó:lō territory at a place known as Murrayville in the early 1900s. The museum is in Fort Langley and so while I was visiting this picturesque little town (on the territory of the Kwantlen Nation (a members of the Stó:lō Tribal Council)…

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Sechart and Cachalot Whaling

According to the recent book, Tofino and Clayoquot Sound: A History by Margaret Horsfield and Ian Kennedy, whaling stations at Sechart in Barkley Sound and Cachalot in Kyuquot Sound employed scores of workers, "many of them Chinese, Japanese and aboriginal, to flense and render the [whale] carcasses." These are sites of close proximity of communities…

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LEE, Wu (Quadra Island)

LEE, Wu: A foreman at the Quathiaski Cove cannery on Quadra Island around 1911, he was part of a staff (permanent?) of 27 people. He oversaw sixteen other Chinese workers and earned $400 per year compared to $300 per year for the male crew. The Chinese crew lived in a building called ‘China House’ (really?)…

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