According to Become a Canadian, Canada is a great place for immigrants to settle. The country is known for accommodating newcomers and making them feel welcomed. This statement was proven true recently when a new monument and park officially opened in Calgary to honor Vietnamese who fled their country for Canada in the 1970s.
The Calgary Vietnamese Canadian Association initiated the project with the hope of helping people remember the history of Vietnamese refugees and the dangerous journey many faced while trying to flee post-war Vietnam by boat across the South China Sea.
Details about Vietnamese-Canadians and the New Monument
According to Become a Canadian, the spectacular new monument means a lot to the Vietnamese living in Canada. It reminds them of the boat people’s story and how much of a sacrifice their forefathers at the time made. Thus, the park in Calgary will remind the present and coming generation how many of the Vietnamese living in Canada came to be.
The 2016 Census reflected that the fourth-largest Vietnamese population in Canada is in Calgary. Little wonder why the monument was built in the province. The community funded the project, which cost about $1.2 million. Also, the province made a contribution of about $300,000 to the project.
The New Monument and What It Says about Canada
The grand project built in memorial of the boat people doesn’t just mean a lot to Vietnamese- Canadians, but also goes a long way to portray Canada in a good light. The fantastic project shows Canada to be a place of freedom and refuge for people in distress.