Righting historical wrongs

The Government of BC confirmed the remaining six dates, venues and times for the consultation forums to discuss the wording, delivery and legacy efforts of a formal apology to BC’s Chinese community for historical wrongs.

The Chinese community in British Columbia suffered legislated inequality and discrimination between 1885 and 1923 when multiple forms of discriminatory legislation were imposed, including the Chinese Immigration Act and again in 1923 to 1947 when Chinese individuals were restricted from entering Canada under the Chinese Exclusion Act.

The government has plans to engage with British Columbia’s Chinese community associations and individuals who were directly and indirectly impacted by prejudicial legislation to work towards offering an appropriate public apology, read in the provincial legislature and supported by all parties in the B.C. government.

Over the coming months, Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism Teresa Wat will travel to communities and engage with Chinese community associations and citizens to identify wording for a formal apology.

Government will use the feedback from those affected to form an appropriate apology that all members of the Legislature can support.

The closest forum to Tumbler Ridge will be held in Prince George, on Wed., Jan. 22, 2014 from seven to nine p.m. in the Civic Centre.