The Ties that Bind: with Canada’s national dream came the Chinese Immigrants

Recipient
FOUNDATION TO COMMEMORATE THE CHINESE RAILROAD WORKERS IN CANADA
Dates
June, 2009 - September, 2010
Location
Islington, Ontario
Project Details

The Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada will create a website consisting of an online exhibit and educational kit, as well as creating a short video. Together, these will chronicle the unique experiences of the early Chinese immigrants who were recruited to Canada to complete the last phase of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and how the lives of their descendants were affected by the Chinese Head Tax and Chinese Immigration Act. The project’s products will be relevant to community organizations, schools, new immigrants and the general public. The website and video will be used as resource tools by elementary school teachers and high school teachers who teach history, civics or social study classes. An educational kit featuring lesson plans and a teacher’s guide will accompany the online exhibit. Youth will gain a better understanding and appreciation for the experiences of the Chinese-Canadians who worked to complete the CPR while building a new life in Canada under the effects of the Chinese Head Tax and Chinese Immigration Act, and the contributions made by their descendants to Canada.

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