Across Cultures

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Watch 60 films, 170 excerpts and over 80 archival artefacts selected by NFB specialists as part of this unique project.

In the Shadow of Gold Mountain

In the Shadow of Gold Mountain
Charlie Quan with his Head Tax Certificate.

In 1885 thousands of Chinese men were laid off after the last spike was struck at the end of the CPR track. Later that year Canada imposed a Head Tax on all Chinese labourers seeking to come to work in Canada and escape poverty at home.

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