The Chinese and Canadian Heritage Cultural Association (CCHCA) was founded in 1979 and became a registered charity in 1980. It was first formed to help workers and their families in the Chinese restaurant sector by offering English classes and Naturalization courses in which eight Chinese immigrants became Canadians citizens. The organization has been organizing Chinese New Year celebrations in Smiths Falls since the mid 1980s, with the participation of town officials, local Chinese and other residents, the Chinese Embassy, exchange students and Katimavik youth.
In recent years, CCHCA has presented a Cultural Night at the Rideau Canal Museum in Smiths Falls with the evening featuring a Chinese Dinner and cultural presentation in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy. The association has participated in the annual Canal, Railway and Chocolate Festival with a cultural tent, showcasing the 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of China to raise the profile of these global treasures and raise awareness of the Rideau Canal – Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site -- as well as other cultural activities for adults and children, including a traditional Chinese medicine demonstration using tongue and pulse diagnostics.
In the summer of 2009, CCHCA launched the “Sharing Culture, Building Bridges” program in conjunction with the Community Builders Initiative of the Ontario Ministry of Citizen and Culture. The first ever Chinese Cultural Immersion Summer Camp was held in Brockville. These are activity oriented languages, arts and games week long day camps aimed at third or fourth generation Chinese children and those adopted from China, together with their friends. This camp was so successful that Saturday classes were offered in Merrickville and extended to Brockville in 2010. Another thematic camp was organized in August of 2010 with plans to host this in other centres in coming years.
The methodology of these camps was used in several Sunday cultural programs in collaboration with the Smiths Falls Public Library and the Rideau Canal Museum .
CCHCA also organized and presented a two-day intense language and cultural workshop for people scheduled to visit China in April 2010. Other cultural activities included presenting a photographic exhibition of “Beautiful China” in the Rideau Canal Museum, as well as the Smiths Falls town hall, in July 2010.
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