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The Wall of Names 

This monument was created to honour the memory of Chinese settlers who made Canada home from the late 19th century until after World War II. During this time, government legislation imposed severe taxation on Chinese immigrants in order to discourage them from settling in Canada.

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This monument honours the determination of the early settlers for overcoming challenges to build a better future for themselves and their families

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Branches and Leaves

The sculpture depicts a tree with branches spreading across the monument. The leaves represent the Chinese settlers who were scattered across the four corners of Canada.

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A Canadian Legacy

Persevering through the extreme conditions, it is estimated that nearly 1,500 workers were killed in laying over 600 km of track form Eagle Pass to Port Moody. After the completion of the railway, the Government passed increasingly harsher immigration acts in an effort to stop Chinese immigration.

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 A head tax was then imposed and mandated payments of up to $500 per Chinese immigrant to live in Canada. The Canadian government collected $23 million dollars in head tax by 1923; it would equate to $319 million dollars today

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Dragon and Phoenix

The Dragon and Phoenix represent good luck and Man and Women together in Canada. The sculpture is a dedication to the early Chinese pioneers who paved the way for a prosperous future.

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