CHINESE-INDIGENOUS RELATIONs in Canada
This website introduces the historical and present problems faced by Chinese-Indigenous individuals in Canada. In order to educate others on the topic of Chinese-Indigenous relations—whether through school or personal interest—the social histories of disruption and dislocation of Chinese and Indigenous peoples are unravelled in order to bring awareness to the often forgotten and neglected histories. The site introduces the Chinese-Indigenous topic through academic articles, news, literature, and film resources in an effort to facilitate learning. The site is divided into 4 sections: History and Society, Literature and Film, Art and Culture, and Educational resources. The website hopes to promote education on Chinese-Indigenous topics in order to recognize and acknowledge the Chinese-Indigenous union and the shared history of hardship that the marginalized groups face.
History and Society
This section uncovers the hidden and untold histories of the Chinese and Indigenous relations in Canada—further observing the historical accounts of hardship, social relationships, and society to recognize the past and present social injustices of the Chinese and Indigenous groups in Canada. With the goal of informing and educating the reader on the social histories of the indigenous groups in Canada, this section urges the reader to acknowledge the past.
Literature and Film
Stories are an important part of history. Although limited, there exist artistic works that represent, restore, and acknowledge some stories, experiences, and histories of the relationships between Chinese immigrants and First Nations communities. The list below offers a few notable examples of these, recognizing minority communities in Canadian literature. Furthermore, they also initiate important conversations on Asian Canadian studies, especially regarding the impact of racial discrimination and colonial oppression on Asian-Indigenous relations.
Art and Culture
Cultures are an important part of understanding human interactions. Therefore, understanding and acknowledging the unique relationship between Chinese immigrants and First Nations also involves understanding the fundamental aspects of their respective cultures, and how they also intersect.
The following buttons offer further educational resources for close-readings, discussion questions, and more!
Here are a list of resources that you can use for further reading and self-education in regards to Chinese-Indigenous relations.
Huron university is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Lenaapeewak, Haudenosaunee and Attawandaron peoples. The First Nations communities that are in close proximity to the university and the local area include: Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Oneida Nation of the Thames, and Munsee-Delaware Nation. We acknowledge the long-established relationships the Indigenous Nations have to this land and the historical and ongoing injustices that Indigenous individuals face in Canada.