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Project Aims to Preserve Punjabi History

Monday, June 6, 2016 @ 5:45 AM

Prince George, B.C. – Prince George residents interested in helping preserve Punjabi history are invited to a consultation session at the Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum later this month.

The focus will be on sharing and preserving the Punjabi community history in B.C. through the establishment of a provincial Punjabi legacy project.

“We strongly believe that Punjabi Canadians were very influential in developing the North, especially the forest industry,” says Ranjit Gill, executive director of the BC Railway and Forestry Museum. “So the University of the Fraser Valley along with the Royal BC Museum is inviting the community into a consultation session here on June 28 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.”

She invites anyone who has anything that they’d like to share or preserve to attend and share their thoughts.

“We certainly want the people who we think have knowledge, so archivists from museums, historical institutions but also cultural organizations like temples,” says Satwinder Bains, Director, Centre for Indo Canadian Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley. “Unions, individuals who are cultural historians – the keepers of the stories.”

Those interested can RSVP via email to Sharanjit.Sandhra@ufv.ca or call 250-563-7351 by June 22.


I am so happy to be a Canadian, Being a visible minority. I was born and raised in Prince George, and was born as a late baby boomer.

Our Canadian culture has so changed from the 70’s when racism was very acceptable forms of behavior on all area’s. Schools, employers and government.

Yes, White Canadians treated a lot of immigrants as 2nd level people prior to the 100th birthday, and the parents talked sourly of the immigrants and their children behaved similarily. But as the population demographics changed, so did the children making up their own decisions. Parents of children now, have gone past racism, and are more open minded, and Canada becomes more favourable place to live.

There are so many different cultures who had a impact on Canada.. Some here a lot longer and did tons more than the punjabis. Is the museum going to preserve their history as well?

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