In September 2018, the Province of British Columbia (BC) and the City of Vancouver signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing to work in partnership to have Vancouver’s Chinatown designated a United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site and to establish a Chinese Canadian Museum.
The plan is to make this a living museum – celebrating Chinese Canadian heritage and culture, past and present. Since December 14, 2018, the provincial government has been asking British Columbians to submit their thoughts, ideas and stories via an online feedback form, available at: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/chinesecanadianmuseum/.
As well, they are inviting members of the public to participate in community meetings. Check the website for details of times and locations:
- Vancouver (January 12, 2019)
- Kamloops (January 19, 2019)
- Nanaimo (January 25, 2019)
- Victoria (January 26, 2019).
All feedback received will help shape a final report and the development of recommendations that will be the foundation of this museum experience.
Input from British Columbians will be gathered until February 8, 2019. The goal of this engagement is to ensure that the people of BC have an opportunity to share their ideas about Chinese Canadian heritage and culture, past and present, and the chance to be a part of planning for the museum.