Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project

Exciting news – The Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project has launched!

In 2014, the Cumberland Museum and Archives was chosen as a pilot museum, alongside the Nanaimo Museum, to work with partners to produce an integrated and publicly accessible online database of Chinese Canadian artifacts and archives held by museums on Vancouver Island and the mainland. The University of Victoria developed the Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project (CCAP) database in partnership with the B.C. Museums Association, as a Chinese Canadian Legacy Initiative, a program of provincial projects to commemorate the historical contributions of Chinese Canadians. Launched on July 7, 2016, CCAP is now part of the UVic Library permanent collections.

The Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project brings together and makes available over 6,000 artifacts and archival items held by sixteen local and regional museums throughout British Columbia. Anyone with internet access can virtually enter the participating museums and discover much about the everyday lives of Chinese-Canadians‐‐their resilience in the face of racist exclusions, their work and family life from decades past, and their ongoing community contributions.

The Cumberland Museum and Archives was thrilled to contribute over 1,200 digitized items from our vast collection of artifacts and archives from, or related to, Cumberland Chinatown. These include scrolls, ceramics, textiles, bottles, pipes, games, letters, photographs, newspaper articles, books, medicines and more.

The Cumberland Museum and Archives feels a great sense of excitement knowing that this important piece of Cumberland’s history, in this case Chinese-Canadian history, will now be widely accessible for researchers, descendants of Cumberland’s Chinatown and the general public. Our hope is that conversation and knowledge around Cumberland Chinatown will continue to grow.