Chinese and other Asian communities have been frequent visitors and settlers to Turtle Island. Chinese presence on Native lands that became Canada pre-date Confederation, in 1867, and Chinese Canadians who described North America as “Gold Mountain” have witnessed and participated in every major historic event in the building of our country.
Throughout Canada’s history, people of Chinese, other Asian, and Indigenous heritage have experienced historic injustices at various times. Resilience to racism and other forms of discrimination has become part of who we are – and it is ingrained in our Canadian identity. The experience of COVID-19 is no different.