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The Asiatic Exclusion League Riot, 1907

The Asiatic Exclusion League Riot, 1907

(Photo credit: Boarded-up businesses after race riots in Chinatown at northwest corner of Carrall Street at Pender, 1907: Vancouver Public Library #940)   In recognition of Asian Heritage Month, we remember a painful part of British Columbia’s labour history: The Asiatic Exclusion League.   With high unemployment and a recession in full swing, the Asiatic …

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Wong Hau-Hon, Railway Worker

Wong Hau-Hon, Railway Worker

  (Excerpt from On the Line: A History of the British Columbia Labour Movement, by Rod Mickleburgh [2018]) The thousands of Chinese immigrants who endured so much helping to unite Canada by rail left little record of their ordeal. But we do have one personal account written by former railway worker Wong Hau-Hon in 1926. …

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The Shooting of Frank Rogers

The Shooting of Frank Rogers

(Photo credit: Past Tense Vancouver) Late in the night on April 13, 1903, labour organizer and longshore worker Frank Rogers was walking home from dinner and stopped by the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks at the foot of Abbott Street in Vancouver, BC, to check on the picketers from the United Brotherhood of Railway Employees.  There, …

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Interviewees Wanted: Solidarity, 1983

Interviewees Wanted: Solidarity, 1983

(Photo: Solidarity rally at Empire Stadium in Vancouver, August 1983: Simon Fraser University Pacific Tribune Collection) Were you or someone you know involved in the Solidarity Movement of 1983? Do you have stories to share about your experiences? Consider commemorating your participation by sharing these stories in a recorded oral history interview. Interviews conducted will …

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BC union women fight racism in fishing industry

BC union women fight racism in fishing industry

In the summer of 1954, racist signs on the women’s washrooms at the Namu fish cannery divided the facilities between “Whites” and “Natives”. They had been there for years, but despite demands from both the United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union (UFAWU) and the Native Brotherhood of BC (NBBC), management took no action. In August, …

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