Family:  Bonds and Belonging (Grades 9-12)

Family: Bonds and Belonging (Grades 9-12)

Primary Documents

From the Royal BC Museum

Curator of History Dr. Tzu-I Chung writes about the Guichon family ranchers who arrived in the Nicola Valley during the Cariboo Gold Rush. Five generations later the Guichon family has one of the largest working cattle ranches in BC.

Dr. Tzu-I Chung finds a link between a collection of artifacts and a local Victoria family, giving us a better understanding of Victoria’s Chinese Canadian history.

Where to Begin Your Own Research

Visit the Finding Families Pathway about how to research your family history in the BC Archives.

There is research information on the BC Archives website.

Watch these helpful instructional videos on how to search the BC Archives:

How-to: BC Archives Genealogy Search. Learn how to find records on births, deaths, marriages or baptisms in BC.

How-to: BC Archives Collections Search. Learn how to find any documents aside from those used in the genealogy search, including maps, photographs, textual records, moving images or audio recordings.

If you need additional help from archives staff, you can call us toll free at 1-888-447-7977 from Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Press ‘0’ for the operator and ask to talk with archives staff. You can also email your questions to

Outside Links

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Open School BC has created a new teacher and student resource called Bamboo Shoots: Chinese Canadian Legacies in BC. The resource includes an extensive collection of in-class activities using primary source material and research. Lessons focus on important Chinese Canadian milestones and examine daily life for Chinese Canadian families in late 19th-century and early 20th-century Victoria, as well as considering Chinese immigration experiences in Canada from 1853 to 1923 and 1947 to 1960.

Written by Sylvia Olsen and illustrated by Joan Larson.

Yetsa’s Sweater is a children’s book that explores one family’s experience “with an old but vibrant tradition: the creation of Cowichan sweaters. Each sweater is unique, and its design tells a story. In Yetsa’s Sweater, that story is one of love, welcome and pride in a job well done.”

The amateur films of Mathew Ko offer a rare glimpse into Chinese Canadian family life from the 1930s through to the 1950s. The footage includes scenes from Chinatown in Victoria, elsewhere on Vancouver Island and the city of Vancouver, as well as from locations across the Lower Mainland.