From exclusion to citizenship: historical discrimination against Chinese people in Vancouver

Special City Council Meeting and Chinatown Cultural Day

On April 22, Vancouver City Council convened a Special Council meeting in Chinatown where Mayor Gregor Robertson delivered a formal apology on behalf of the City of Vancouver for past discrimination against residents of Chinese descent. The apology acknowledged the wrongdoings of past legislation, regulations, and policies of previous Vancouver City Councils. The Special Council meeting was attended by over 500 members of the Chinese community, with hundreds more who watched on screens on Keefer St. 

City of Vancouver's official apology to the Chinese community - English  (40 KB)

溫哥華市就早期歧視華裔歷史的正式道歉  (239 KB)



For the first sixty years of the City of Vancouver’s history, racial prejudice and discrimination against Chinese people was commonplace.

Based on a City Council motion passed in 2014, we are:

  1. Researching past civic laws, regulations, and policies that discriminated against Chinese people in Vancouver between 1886 and 1947
  2. Consulting with the Chinese community and experts on research findings
  3. Recommending steps and actions in support of reconciliation, including a public acknowledgement and formal apology

This initiative provides an important opportunity to learn about a lesser-known part of our city's history. While valuing the progress that's been made, we must all stay vigilant in upholding our values of equity, justice, and well-being for all.

We will present our final report to City Council in fall 2017.

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  1. 就1886至1947年期間,當時市議會針對溫哥華華裔居民而制訂的歧視性法例、規則及政策進行研究
  2. 向溫市的華裔社區及專家就研究結果進行諮詢
  3. 建議可採取的步驟及行動以支持達致和解,其中包括作出公開聲明及正式道歉