On June 22, 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered a
long-awaited apology to Chinese Canadians for both the Chinese
Head Tax and subsequent Chinese Exclusion Act, both
of which sought to restrict immigration to Canada based on
race. Although Harper acknowledged the suffering and hardship
imposed on Chinese Canadians due to these discriminatory policies
of the past, most Albertans remain unaware of these historically
important events and their continued impact on Chinese Canadians
and Canadian society at large.
In the spirit of commemorating the struggle and resiliency
of Chinese Canadians, this on-line project has been undertaken
Educate the Canadian public about the significance of the
Chinese Head Tax and Chinese Exclusion Act and to
recount the Chinese Canadian experience in Alberta.
2. Reveal how the discriminatory policies of the past and
present-day racism affect Chinese Canadians as well as other
3. Reflect on the path to healing for Chinese Canadians and
explore strategies for inclusion for all Canadians.
A Snapshot Of The Early Chinese Experience
A Brief History of Exclusion
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