Vietnamese Boat People Museum Project

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Vietnamese Boat People Museum Project



Vietnamese Boat People Museum Project was launched by the Vietnamese Canadian Federation in 2005. It received wide support of the Vietnamese community in Canada. Political support was received from: Marion Dewar, late Mayor of Ottawa; former Ottawa Mayor Bob Chiarelli, Diane Holmes, Ottawa City Councillor for Somerset Ward; Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre; Senator Mac Harb, Ottawa; Paul Dewar, MP for Ottawa Centre; Premiers: Rodney MacDonald, Nova Scotia; Pat Binns, Prince Edward Island; Shaun Graham, New Brunswick; Jean Charest, Québec; Dalton McGuinty, Ontario; Gary Doer, Manitoba; Lorne Calvert, Saskatchewan; Ralph Klein, Alberta; Gordon Campbell, British Columbia; Dennis Fentie, Yukon; Joseph Handley, Northwest Territories; Tom Hedderson, Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Recreation of Newfoundland and Labrador. The project has raised or obtained firm commitment for $800,000 (including the proceeds from the sale of the property at 249 Rochester St., Ottawa). It needs to raise an additional $3,500,000.


  • Total area: 15,000 sq ft
  • Estimated cost: $4,300,000 including $600,000 for construction,

3,500,000 for the building, and $200,000 for the interior and the exhibits.

  • April 30, 2009: received the site at 105 Preston St., Ottawa (opposite

corner from the Vietnamese Commemorative Monument)

  • Previous fund-raising events: Ottawa (2007, 2009, 2010), Tucson, AZ

(2007), San Jose, CA (2007), Winnipeg (2007)

  • Fundraisers in 2011: Saskatoon (11-6), Calgary (23-7), Halifax (11-11),

Edmonton (26-11), Ottawa (10-12)

  • 2012-2013: continues to raise fund in Canada, the U.S., and other


  • 2013: expected construction start