The Royal BC Museum, in partnership with the South Asian Studies Institute (SASI) at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), and in consultation with the Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project Advisory Committee, is engaging with British Columbia's Punjabi communities, organizations and individuals to create a Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project (PCLP). This work aims at preserving, exploring and sharing the contributions Canadians of Punjabi descent have made to the history of BC and Canada.
Phase 1 of the PCLP included
- The Punjabi Pioneer Food History Project in 2014-2015 that resulted in a new collection and the development of educational material on the Royal BC Museum Learning Portal
- The establishment of the Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project Advisory Committee in 2015
- The Province-wide Community Consultation including a gallery intervention event and 7 consultations in 2015-2016
- The South Asian Historic Places Project in partnership with the Province of British Columbia in 2016-2017
Please click on each project for more information.
Phase 2, informed by the work with communities undertaken during Phase 1, is currently ongoing. The current work, made possible by the BC | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada Fund, is the History Across the Regions Project (HARP), which aims to
- build Punjabi Canadian community hubs, and
- collect family histories
in each major provincial regions that have significant Punjabi Canadian roots (the North, the Kootenay, the Okanagan, the Fraser Valley, the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island)