B.C. invests $10M to establish Canada’s first Chinese Canadian museum

July 17, 2020

By CTV News |

The British Columbia government is investing $10 million to build a museum to honour the contributions of Chinese Canadians to the province’s history.

The province says the Chinese Canadian Museum will be the first in the country’s history, with a provincial hub in Vancouver’s Chinatown and several regional branches throughout B.C.

The $10-million investment includes $2 million for planning and development work, and $8 million to establish an endowment and provide ongoing support.

“We’ve been working closely with the community for years and it has told us how important this museum is for everyone in B.C.,” said Premier John Horgan in a statement Thursday.

“We are at a critical point when it comes to conversations about race, inequality and injustice in this province. Now is the time to come together to share the stories about how our province got to where it is – and to have conversations about where we want it to go,” the premier added.

In addition to the Vancouver hub and regional branches, the province says the museum will include an online portal and “digital experiences” centred around locations across B.C.

A newly formed, non-profit Chinese Canadian Museum Society of British Columbia will lead development and operate the museum, the province says. The society’s inaugural board is made up of 20 members, including representatives from both the provincial government and the City of Vancouver.

The society is chaired by Grace Wong, a former senior advisor to the University of British Columbia’s provost office.

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