An interpretive signage with distinct cultural design elements will be erected at the entrance of the City Park, near the location of Kelowna's Historic Chinatown (Abbott Street and Leon Avenue) to commemorate Chinese Canadian pioneers. These early settlers of Chinese origin in the Okanagan areas arrived in the beginning of 1900s. They were labors for construction of the Pacific railway, farmers, business owners and general labors, who worked hard, sacrificed their lives, persevered with grace and dignity and have made and continues to make substantial contributions to the culture, history and economic prosperity to Canada. They also endured untold hardships and suffered from racial discrimination, such as, head taxes and other Chinese exclusion acts. Both federal and BC provincial governments officially apologized for the historical wrongs to Chinese Canadians. Public awareness of these facts will prevent from similar wrongs happening in the future. The Unveiling Ceremony of this Signage will be held at end of September or early October as part of Canada 150 celebrations.

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