Arch of Healing and Reconciliation

An arch represents a portal, connecting the past with a future filled with opportunity. The Arch of Healing and Reconciliation (Arch) project is a monument honoring people from many parts of the world. Many came to Whatcom County to work in salmon processing plants, lumber mills and coal mines. Their arduous efforts helped our community flourish and yet many immigrants faced hostility and violence in Whatcom County. Some, including Chinese, Indian and Japanese immigrants, were forcibly removed.  To bring this history to light, Satpal Sidhu, community leader and Whatcom County council member contacted the Community Foundation to explore how we might help. The Community Foundation board embraced the project immediately and made a grant to convey their support.

Donors from Whatcom County, British Columbia, California and beyond are contributing to the campaign. In addition, Arch supporters are raising funds for a scholarship for the children of Whatcom County immigrants and developing an annual international food festival to celebrate the community’s rich cultural diversity. 

Please consider supporting this worthy endeavor.   Learn more about the Arch of Healing and Reconciliation @ Arch of Healing.org