British Columbians invited to share ideas for future Chinese Canadian museum

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British Columbians are invited to share their ideas about the plan to establish a Chinese Canadian museum through the Province’s latest public engagement process.

“Our commitment to the creation of a Chinese Canadian museum reflects the great value of this community to British Columbia,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture. “We are looking forward to hearing from British Columbians on how we can honour and protect the significant contributions made by Chinese Canadians in the past, and celebrate the living heritage and cultural contributions of Chinese Canadians in B.C. today.”

People now can share their vision for the Chinese Canadian museum online until Feb. 8, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. British Columbians can answer questions and provide their ideas in English and traditional or simplified Cantonese or Mandarin. As well, there will be community meetings taking place in Vancouver (Jan. 12), Kamloops (Jan. 19) and Victoria (Jan. 26). Other meetings may be added before Feb. 8. Updates on this and other information can be found at the Chinese museum public engagement website.

“I urge anyone with an interest in Chinese Canadian migration and settlement in B.C., past and present, to participate in this public consultation,” said George Chow, Minister of State for Trade. “British Columbians of Chinese descent have been instrumental in shaping the history of our province and building our vibrant economy. Your input can help us determine the best way to preserve and celebrate their many contributions.”

This project is being supported by the Chinese Canadian Museum Working Group, a committee of people with expertise in Chinese Canadian heritage and culture, museum development, city planning and provincial history.

People can provide feedback in the following ways:

Send input online: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/chinesecanadianmuseum/
Send an email: chinesecanadianmuseum@gov.bc.ca
Call and speak to someone: 1 778 698-7746 (Victoria) or 1 800 663-7867 (elsewhere in B.C.)

Quick Facts:

  • On Sept. 17, 2018, the B.C. government signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the City of Vancouver to pursue an UNESCO World Heritage Designation for Vancouver’s Chinatown and to establish a Chinese Canadian museum.
  • The MOU includes a commitment to consult with the community on the development of a Chinese Canadian museum.

Learn More:

To read the news release about the MOU signing, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018TAC0068-001776

Read this news release in Chinese:
Simplified: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/NR_Chinese_Museum_Online_Engagement_Chinese_Simplified_2.pdf
Traditional: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/NR_Chinese_Museum_Online_Engagement_Chinese_Traditional_2.pdf