Entries by Suzanne Ma from 09/2012

A Tour Of The Deep Relationship Between B.C. Chinese Immigrants, First Nations

| Posted 09.22.2012 | Canada British Columbia

We visited forgotten places like an abandoned railway tunnel, a former gold mine where Chinese labourers once toiled, and an unmarked cemetery where Chinese pioneers were laid to rest. In the valley, I discovered how two histories intersected ― how some First Nations people nursed railway workers back to health when they were left to die along the tracks, how First Nations men had teamed up with Chinese labourers working in a Nanaimo coal mine to fight off white bullies, and how some labourers had children with First Nations women.