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The provincial government is inviting BC residents to share their ideas on an upcoming Chinese Canadian museum.

“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 in a news release last week.

“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 BC today.”

British Columbians can share their input online until February 8th, 2019, and meet with provincial employees in January.

A community meeting will take place in Victoria on January 26th, 2019, as well as in Vancouver on January 12th, and in Kamloops on January 19th. More meetings are expected to be added in February.

“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 in the same release.

“British Columbians of Chinese descent have been instrumental in shaping the history of our province and building our vibrant economy.”

Victoria’s Chinatown is the oldest in the country, and has occupied its downtown blocks for over 150 years.

Earlier this year, the province signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Vancouver to receive UNESCO World Heritage Designation for the city’s Chinatown.

For more information on the upcoming Chinese Canadian museum, you can view the province’s webpage here.