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Vancouver Island residents who are interested in shaping the province’s first Chinese Canadian Museum will have chances to meet with museum developers later this week.

People can discuss their opinions with government workers in Nanaimo on Friday, Jan. 25th and in Victoria on Saturday, Jan. 26th.

“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,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture when the museum was first announced in December.

Besides the two public meetups, British Columbians are welcome to share their input online until February 8th.

“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 December.

“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.

Currently, the province and the city of Vancouver are working to make Vancouver’s Chinatown a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Chinese Canadian Museum is set to be open there.

Public Consultation on the Chinese Canadian museum

Nanaimo

  • When: Friday, Jan. 25th, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Where: Vancouver Island Conference Centre, 101 Gordon Street

Victoria

  • When: Saturday, Jan. 26th, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Ambrosia Centre, 638 Fisgard Street

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