First Nations Mother and Child
First Nations (Sarcee?) mother and child circa late 1800's / early 1900's. Photo of a photo. Taken at the Whyte Museum of the Rockies, in Banff, Alberta.
Written in the form of diary entries, this is a fictional account based on the translated journals of 14 year-old Lee Heen-gwong who came to British Colombia in 1882 to work on the Canadian Pacific Railway along with thousands of other Chinese workers and immigrants. His first-hand perspective provides an important contribution to the historical record of the Chinese experience in Canada.
Chinese Canadians are one of the largest ethnic groups in the country. Despite their importance to the Canadian economy, including the historic construction of the CPR, many European Canadians were hostile to Chinese immigration, and a prohibitive head tax restricted immigration from 1885 to 1923.