Welcome to CANADIANS FOR RECONCILIATION
Who are we?
We are a grass root non-profit society based in Vancouver BC with the following objectives:.
1. To uphold the
Christian faith in the
promote and foster the reconciliation of
3. To research or facilitate the research, publication and teaching of the missing pages about various minority communities in the history of British Columbia.
What gave birth to CFR?
Chinese Christians In Action Society was founded in
1989 to express its support for the student’s democratic movement in
That initiated a movement to find the theological
basis as well as earthly ways for caring of the world, as those topics were by
and large missing in Chinese church teachings. Among our subsequent areas of
engagement, the one with native people led to improved public understanding of
their plight in
We have organized a March for Reconciliation across
We have hosted many aboriginal speakers in many public forums with aboriginal speakers.
We have organized many bus trips up to native reserves in an attempt to create dialogues and understanding. Over the years, about 1500 has journeyed with us on the road to reconciliation.
In 2004, we held the Historic Banquet, a truly historic event attended by 600 aboriginal, Chinese and non-Chinese Canadians.
In 2008, with the help of aboriginal friends, we initiated the journey to recover the missing pages of BC’s history pertaining to Chinese Canadians. Six physical journeys were made into the Fraser Canyon which led to the rediscovery of many burial, mining, camping and habitat sites.
In 2009, we expressed concern over the proposed reconstruction of New Westminster Secondary School currently built over a Chinese cemetery. A forum was organized in April to explore the future of Chinese Canadian identity.
How did the public respond?
In 2005, our work with the aboriginals received an honorable mention in Canadian Race Relationship Foundation’s bi-annual Award of Excellence competition.
In 2005, our president was named as one of the bright
In 2009, our president was honored to be invited to speak on “Our Shared History” at Union of BC Indian Chief’s Chief Council meeting. Grand chief Stewart Phillip, Grand chief Ed John, Chief Robert Shintah and Chief Shawn Atleo all spoke in support of CFR’s effort to locate the Chinese missing history in BC. We are thankful for the help given by many aboriginal in locating our historical sites, and are humbled by this major endorsement from the highest aboriginal leadership in the Province.
How to contact us?