Across Cultures

How have we contributed to Canada?

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This theme presents contributions by diverse cultural communities in the fields of politics, economic development, art, music, as well as in the struggle for workers’ rights.

In the Shadow of Gold Mountain

In the Shadow of Gold Mountain
Chinese labourers in a detraining camp.

Between 1881 and 1884, over 10,000 Chinese labourers came to Canada to complete the western section of the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1917, the railway helped transport nearly 80,000 Chinese men, sent from China to British Columbia, to be dispatched from East Coast ports to the World War I trenches of France.

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