Ava J.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Heritage Fair

Gulf of Georgia Cannery

My project is about the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Richmond, BC. The cannery opened in the late 1800s and canned salmon for close to 100 years. The cannery provided job opportunity for many cultures and helped make Canada the diverse country it is today!



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I learnt that Canada is so lucky that we had a business like The Gulf of Georgia to help make Canada the diverse country it is today. I also learnt all of the different cultures that worked in Canada in the late 1800s and what jobs were very common for them. I finally learnt how much more there is to learn about our amazing country Canada!

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I learnt how Canada became such a diverse country and even a business (like The Gulf of Georgia) can bring together so many different cultures. They worked together even when it was unheard of for so many cultures to mix. Now it is part of our daily lives and it would have not been possible without The Gulf of Georgia Cannery.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

I would compare my life to the lives of the cannery works very different and very much the same. The cannery workers even the different cultures worked very well together just like I work well with other cultures in my daily life. But back then children worked very young and got paid and now I currently older than the youngest cannery worker do not work for money and it is against the law now.