BC Punjabi Legacy Project

Greetings and Support for the Project

Support for this project generously provided by:

 

Purpose

The Royal BC Museum, in partnership with the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies (CICS) at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), and in consultation with the BC Punjabi Intercultural History Advisory Committee, is engaging with British Columbia's Punjabi community organizations and individuals to help create a BC Punjabi community legacy project.

The Royal BC Museum is committed to preserving, exploring and sharing BC histories through diverse intercultural perspectives. Hosting meaningful community engagement is an important way to explore such perspectives.

The results of the Punjabi community consultations will play a role in how the Royal BC Museum approaches its research, collections, on-site and online learning programs and exhibitions (both temporary and in the permanent galleries). The results will also inform how we work with other local cultural institutions on this legacy.

Ultimately, this work will preserve, explore and share the contributions Canadians of Punjabi descent have made to the history of BC and will help fill gaps in the Royal BC Museum’s depictions of human history with the goal of being more inclusive.

Process

The first consultation was held at the Royal BC Museum on November 21, 2015. We asked members of the Punjabi community for their feedback on parts of the Modern History gallery. You can find more details about this event here.

In 2016, we held seven community consultations in BC–one each in northern BC, the Okanagan, the Kootenays, the Fraser Valley and on Vancouver Island, and two in the Lower Mainland. The plan was to bring together BC Punjabi community associations and individuals and seek their input on the best approaches to initiating this community legacy project, both at the provincial museum and locally.

Communities, local host partners and other organizations and institutions in the Fraser Valley, northern BC, the Lower Mainland, and the Kootenays were asked three questions:

  • What significant stories best convey the Punjabi legacy in BC?
  • What collections are important to future generations?
  • How should we make Punjabi history available to the general community?

The community consultations

We give special thanks to all the communities, institutions and dignitaries who participated in the consultation process and provided valuable feedback. Our special thanks also go to the hosts who worked with us to make these consultations possible.