Formal apology to Chinese Canadians

Title

Formal apology to Chinese Canadians

Subject

Canada, immigration, Chinese Canadians, Chinese migrants, Chinese head tax, apology, reconciliation

Description

This video shows the premier of British Columbia offering a formal apology to Chinese Canadians for acts of discrimination and racism in the past.

Creator

Government of British Columbia

Source

Government of British Columbia: https://news.gov.bc.ca/06232
Youtube: https://youtu.be/YbSGm5Rv_Bg

Publisher

Youtube
Government of British Columbia

Date

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Rights

(c) Government of British Columbia

Format

Hyper link
Moving picture

Language

English

Type

Moving picture

Video Filename

"Formal apology to Chinese Canadians" (British Columbia)

Video Streaming URL

https://youtu.be/YbSGm5Rv_Bg

Transcription

0:00thank you for coming here today to
0:03witness premier Christy car into the OC
0:05government motion we got increase
0:07Columbia's apology to chinese Canadians
0:10for historical wrongs today is a
0:14historic day and the combination of the
0:18tremendous work of BC's public servants
0:21input from the public consultation
0:24process feet perform you each and every
0:27one of you
0:29the community and its leaders like
0:32everyone in this room I too am filled
0:34with emotions joy at the moment sorrow
0:40at our past and optimism for our future
0:43and in the nineteen-twenties unanimity
0:47towards racist policies unanimity
0:50towards withholding human rights
0:52happened right here and a hundred years
0:55later it's unanimity that recognizes
0:58that was wrong in its unanimity of
1:01political ideas and political
1:02convictions that are put aside to ensure
1:05that all of us recognize and understands
1:08what happened in this problems with this
1:10apology today we cannot undo this wrong
1:13and we must never erase it
1:17it is a stain on our history but it's a
1:21piece of history we are obliged to
1:22remember because there is no truer thing
1:26than the fact that if you forget your
1:28history you are doomed to repeat it
1:31we are better today in British Columbia
1:35we are better because of the
1:36contributions of immigrants from all
1:38over the world who helped build this
1:40place together and we are going to
1:43continue to strive to be better all the
1:47time
1:48this is one important step on that path
1:50in offering a formal apology for those
1:54historical wrongs that were done and
1:56finding a new chapter in reconciliation
1:58with those who were so reparable harmed
2:01by acts of government in this house

Duration

0:2:10

Producer

Province of British Columbia

Files

Collection

Citation

Government of British Columbia, “Formal apology to Chinese Canadians,” Exhibits, accessed August 23, 2019, https://exhibits.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/2240.