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Cowichan Lake Hotel Company

It is not known when the Chinese immigrated to Lake Cowichan however, early records show their arrival as early as 1909. The Chinese were contributors to building the railway, hotel and logging industry. The Cowichan Lake Hotel is an example of Chinese contributions to the Cowichan Valley community.On display at the Kaatza Station Museum there…

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Mayo Lumber Company

The Kaatza Station Museum: The Mayo Lumber Company I spent some time at the Kaatza Station Museum’s archives in Lake Cowichan. The Museum had insightful information about the local Mayo Lumber Company that highlighted its progressive hiring practices when it was formed in 1917. The Mayo Lumber Company was established by a group of Sikhs from…

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Rose Murakami at the Charcoal Kiln

Saltspring Island, September, 2015 Charcoal Kiln Saltspring Island Fieldtrip   It was a privilege to participate in this field trip and to meet people like Rose Murakami who experienced firsthand the internment of Japanese Canadians on Vancouver Island. Rose tells us her story about her family land on Saltspring Island and her family’s internment experience. I completely understand what…

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Paldi Memories

As a researcher on this project, I have been reviewing a number of documents at the Cowichan Valley Museum in Duncan and at the local archives in Duncan.  It is a real honour and privilege for me to look through these historical gems and get a picture of the early days at Paldi. I have fond…

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Saltspring Island Field Trip

With Rose Murakami at the Heiwa Garden Yesterday it was my pleasure to guide a group of ACVI researchers around Saltspring Island where I live. We got to some important sites for the Asian-Canadian history of the island and learned about some of the cultures that have been prominent in its history. In the morning the group…

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The Boat Journey

My grandpa, Karm Singh Manak, told me stories of his voyage to Canada aboard the SS Monteagle in 1921.  He told me how it took over 2 months to get from India to Vancouver.  The living quarters were not the quality of the Princess Cruise line!  The men would buy enough food supplies like flour…

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