Dear FACL BC members,
As practising lawyers and law students of Asian descent in British Columbia, we are free to enter the legal profession without explicit barriers. This was not always the case, as prohibitions on voting by Chinese residents effectively barred entry into the legal profession until 1947.
On April 22, 2018, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is set to issue a formal apology for the city's historic discrimination against Chinese residents (details here). This apology comes after similar apologies were made by the Canadian Federal government in 2006, the City of New Westminster in 2010, and the Province of British Columbia in 2014.
The upcoming apology is a result of the Historical Discrimination Against Chinese People (HDC) advisory group report prepared for Vancouver City Council in October 2017. This research revealed numerous historical racist bylaws relating to, amongst other things, city work contracts, voting in municipal elections, and segregation.
It is important to remember and raise awareness of this history of racism, and celebrate that Vancouver now officially believes in equity, fairness, and inclusiveness.
FACL BC invites you to a deeper dive on this topic by Professor Henry Yu of the Department of History at UBC. Dr. Yu was a member of the advisory group that prepared the HDC report. He is also Co-Chair of B.C.'s Legacy Initiatives Advisory Council following the 2014 B.C. Provincial Legislative apology.
There is no cost to the event for FACL BC members, as McCarthy Tétrault LLP has graciously offered use of their space and refreshments.
To provide a sense of numbers, please RSVP no later than Friday, April 27, 2018 through the registration form and send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. To sign up as a FACL member, please click here.
*Registration starts at 5:30 pm.