首先，我們鳴謝我們是在 xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (瑪斯昆)、Sḵwx̱wú7mesh
(史戈米殊) 和 səl̓ílwətaʔɬ(塔斯里爾-沃特斯) 這些西岸原住民族傳統和
遷使增加遊民數 量。 記念反華歧視的歷史和慶祝華裔移民的精神為
Chinatown Concern Group‘s Initial Position and Statement on Chinese Canadian Museum
First, we acknowledge that we are on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the
xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.
Currently Chinatown faces continuing gentrification that displaces people from their homes, creating more and more homelessness, and pushes out retail stores selling affordable goods. Remembering the history of anti-Chinese racism and celebrating the resiliency and lives of Chinese immigrants are very important and so we thank the Government of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver for valuing the history of Chinese people living in Canada. At the same time, we also need to acknowledge that these issues continues today and are affecting people who live and depend on Chinatown for their survival. With that being said, Chinatown Concern Group holds the following views on the plan to build a Chinese Canadian Museum in Chinatown:
1. Presently, there are still a lot of details on the project that we do not know about, so this is only our initial position and statement. We ask that we be given more information on this project as it develops. The entire consultation and decision-making process for this project also must be transparent.
2. The Chinese Canadian Museum, if built, has to serve the benefit of working class people in Chinatown, such as providing more free public culturally appropriate space for intergenerational use and free admission. The museum also needs to show the history of Chinese immigrants’ resilience and lives as well as the historical solidarity we have between Indigenous people and other peoples of color. The working group for this project as well as the future governance board of the Museum must also have representation from the working class, including representation from Chinatown Concern Group to ensure the work has a high level of transparency.
3. Ultimately, the Chinese Canadian Museum does not address the pressing and ongoing issues of displacement and homelessness. We demand the City and the Province to take these issues seriously and adequately use funds available to address these issues, including.prioritizing low-income housing before the approval of any future market housing in Chinatown, strengthening rent control, and other related policies to end displacement and homelessness.
唐人街關注組 Chinatown Concern Group
November 29, 2018