Join Author May Q. Wong for an afternoon of reading from her book City in Colour: Rediscovered Stories of Victoria’s Multicultural Past.
A timely, intriguing collection of the overlooked stories of Victoria’s pioneers, trailblazers, and community builders who were also diverse people of colour.
Often described as “more English than the English,” the city of Victoria has a much more ethnically diverse background than historical record and current literature reveal. Significant contributions were made by many people of colour with fascinating stories, including:
- the Kanaka, or Hawaiian Islanders, who constructed Fort Victoria, and members of the Kanaka community such as Maria Mahoi and William Naukana
- three Metis matriarchs—Amelia Connolly Douglas, Josette Legacé Work, and Isabelle M. Mainville Ross
- the Victoria Voltigeurs, the earliest police presence in the Colony of Vancouver Island, and who were primarily men of colour
- Grafton Tyler Brown, now known in the United States as one of the first and best African American artists of the American West
- Manzo Nagano, Canada’s first recorded immigrant from Japan
- and many more
With information about various cultural communities in early Victoria and significant dates, May Wong’s City in Colour is a collection of fascinating stories of unsung characters whose stories are at the heart of Victoria’s history.
We respectfully acknowledge that this event is taking place on the unceded traditional territories of the K’ómoks First Nation, who have been caretakers of the land since time immemorial.
Our space is wheelchair accessible, with room for electric chairs. We have one a single stall accessible, family washroom however it does not currently have an automatic button. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Courtenay Branch.