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Asian Heritage Month Assembly

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Asian Heritage in Canada
1788: First Chinese Settlers
The first Chinese people to settle in Canada were 50 artisans who accompanied Captain John Meares in 1788 to help build a trading post and encourage trade in sea otter pelts between Guangzhou, China and Nootka Sound.
May 1914: The Komagata Maru arrives in Vancouver Harbour
In 1914, almost 400 Indian people aboard the immigrant ship Komagata Maru languished in Vancouver Harbour while Canadian authorities debated what to do with them. Canada's new navy, in action for the first time, escorted the ship from Canadian waters while many Vancouver residents cheered approvingly from shore.
1862: Chinese People First Employed
Chinese people were first employed in Canada as road labourers on the Cariboo Road
1880-1885: Chinese Labourers and the CPR
Some 15,000 Chinese labourers completed the British Columbia section of the CPR, with more than 600 of them perishing under adverse working conditions during this essential construction. Largely because of the trans-Canada railway, Chinese communities developed across the nation.
1897-1908: First Sikhs in Canada
The first Sikhs came to Canada at the turn of the 20th century. Some came to Canada as part of the Hong Kong military contingent en route to Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee (1897) and the coronation of Edward VII (1902), and returned to Canada to establish themselves in British Columbia. More than 5000 South Asians, more than 90% of them Sikhs, came to British Columbia before their immigration was banned in 1908
Although the federal government did not support the enlistment of first generation Japanese immigrants during the First World War, some men persisted and in 1916, the first group was sent overseas. Of the 222 men who served, 54 were killed and 13 men received the Military Medal of Bravery.
1916-1917: Japanese Canadians in the First World War
East Asian Canadians gained the right to vote federally and provincially.
1947: East Asians Get Right to Vote
Conrado Santos became the first Filipino to be elected to office when he was elected to the Manitoba Assembly for the New Democratic Party.
1981: First Filipino Elected
Adrienne Clarkson took office as Canada’s governor general. Prime Minister Jean Chrétien appointed Clarkson marking several "firsts" in the selection of Canada's governor general: she was the first without a military background and the first non-white Canadian to be appointed to the vice-regal position.
7 October 1999: Adrienne Clarkson
Filmmaker Deepa Mehta released the final film of her Internationally reknown elements trilogy with 2005’s "Water".
2005: Deepa Mehta’s "
Water"
May 23, 2014: Beatty-Fleming Asian Heritage Month Assembly
With a diverse lineup of acts from Bollywood dances to traditional Korean drumming, we hope you enjoy just a taste of the different Asian cultures that are represented in the assembly today!
Asian Heritage in Canada
1788: First Chinese Settlers

The first Chinese to settle in Canada were 50 artisans who accompanied Captain John Meares in 1788 to help build a trading post and encourage trade in sea otter pelts between Guangzhou, China and Nootka Sound.

May 1914: The Komagata Maru arrives in Vancouver Harbour
In 1914, almost 400 Indians aboard the immigrant ship Komagata Maru languished in Vancouver Harbour while Canadian authorities debated what to do with them. Canada's new navy, in action for the first time, escorted the ship from Canadian waters while many Vancouver residents cheered approvingly from shore.
1862: Chinese First Employed

Chinese were first employed in Canada as road labourers on the Cariboo Road
1880-1885: Chinese Labourers and the CPR
Some 15,000 Chinese labourers completed the British Columbia section of the CPR, with more than 600 of them perishing under adverse working conditions during this essential construction. Largely because of the trans-Canada railway, Chinese communities developed across the nation
1897-1908: First Sikhs in Canada
The first Sikhs came to Canada at the turn of the 20th century. Some came to Canada as part of the Hong Kong military contingent en route to Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee (1897) and the coronation of Edward VII (1902), and returned to Canada to establish themselves in British Columbia. More than 5000 South Asians, more than 90% of them Sikhs, came to British Columbia before their immigration was banned in 1908
Although the federal government did not support the enlistment of first generation Japanese immigrants during the First World War, some Issei men persisted and in 1916, the first group was sent overseas. Of the 222 men who served, 54 were killed and 13 men received the Military Medal of Bravery.
1916-1917: Japanese Canadians in the First World War
East Asian Canadians gained the vote federally and provincially.

1947: East Asians Get Right to Vote
Conrado Santos became the first Filipino to be elected to office when he was elected to the Manitoba Assembly for the New Democratic Party.
1981: First Filipino Elected
Adrienne Clarkson took office as Canada’s governor general. Prime Minister Jean Chrétien appointed Clarkson marking several "firsts" in the selection of Canada's governor general: she was the first without a military background and the first non-white Canadian to be appointed to the vice-regal position.
7 October 1999: Adrienne Clarkson
Filmmaker Deepa Mehta released the final film of her Internationally reknown elements trilogy with 2005’s "Water".

2005: Deepa Mehta’s Water
May 23, 2014: Beatty-Fleming Asian Heritage Month Assembly
With a diverse lineup of acts from Bollywood dances to traditional Korean drumming, we hope you enjoy just a taste of the different Asian cultures that are represented today!
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