Chinese Labour Corps
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In 1917, 80,000 men from China arrived in Canada. They were on their way to France to work as labourers. They were a secret group called The Chinese Labour Corps (CLC). The arrived in British Columbia, where they were quarantined in the William Head Correctional Institution in Victoria, BC, Then, they were secretly moved by rail across Canada to the east coast, where they boarded ships bound for France.
DescriptionThis 11-part series features stories from sites of memory in Canada related to the First World War. Conversation kits that include discussion questions and activities for students and the public, along with web links and ideas for additional resources are available for each story and accessible online. Please note, each vignette opens with 20 seconds of silence.