Since 1984, CCNC has been seeking redress on behalf of the surviving
Head Tax payers and their families who have suffered from decades
of discrimination as a result of these racist laws passed by the
Federal Government. Thanks to thousands of individuals and organizations,
the public support for Redress has been gaining in strength over
Despite our persistance and the merits of our claim, however,
as of this date the Canadian Government has yet to apologize to
the Chinese Canadian community for the over 63 years of legislated
racism towards Chinese Canadians. The failure of the Canadian
Government to acknowledge the impact of years of exclusionary
policies signals to Chinese Canadians that we are not truly welcome
in this country.
As the last surviving head tax payers enter the final stage of
their lives, the issue of Redress has become all the more pressing.
The next several months will be critical as changes are expected
to take place among the political leadership. To take full advantage
of the political change, and to broaden the public support for
Redress, CCNC has therefore formed a broad based support coalition
called Canadians for Redress.
This Coalition is made up of prominent Canadians and key national
organizations who have agreed to lend their support to our quest
for justice. Included in this Coalition are Jack Layton, leader
of the Federal NDP Party, June Callwood, prominent writer and
journalist, as well as Dr. Joseph Wong, founding President of
It is our hope that with the support of these individuals and
organizations, redress will soon become a reality, and not a dream.
The following individuals and organizations have
agreed to lend their support to Redress for Chinese Head Tax &
Exclusion Act by joining Canadians For Redress Campaign:
June Callwood, C.C., O.Ont.
Matthew Coon Come
Cynthia Lam, C.M.
Dr. Joseph Wong, C.M.
British Columbia Federation of Labour
Buddhist Council of Canada
Canadian Couincil for Mutlicultural and Intercultural Education
Canadian Council for Refugees
Canadian Ethnocultural Council
Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR)
Council of Canadians
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
National Association of Japanese Canadians