Canada’s British Columbia to get South Asian Museum

The one-of-a-kind museum will be built with community suggestions regarding multiple aspects including name and vision.

The 2017 Vaisakhi parade in the Punjabi Market neighbourhood of Vancouver, British Columbia / Image - Wikipedia

To highlight the histories, cultures, and contributions of South Asians to the province of British Columbia the provincial government is planning the establishment of a one-of-a-kind museum in British Columbia. 

As part of the public engagement process the provincial government has launched a website to assess the community’s vision for a new museum. Public option will be considered at every phase of the project, including determining the name, location and vision for the museum, a government release noted.

Lana Popham, Minister of tourism, arts, culture, and sport of British Columbia said, “Public input, especially from South Asian communities, is vital to moving forward on this first-of-its-kind museum. This website will provide a platform for everyone involved to be heard and I am confident that the engagement will help bring together a shared vision that reflects the needs and aspirations of South Asian communities in B.C.”

“By working with community members we can build a unique and meaningful museum that will better reflect and preserve the diverse and rich history of South Asians in the province for generations to come,” said Mable Elmore, Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism initiatives. 

The public engagement process will also be facilitated by a ministerial advisory committee. The committee will comprise of members who identify as South Asian selected for their experience in community engagement, lived experience and cultural knowledge . 

As per a release, the members will inform the development of the engagement plan, share opportunities within their communities and support community-based conversations. The process will continue until June 2024. 

“I am delighted and honoured to participate in the groundbreaking work of an innovative and vital new institution for all of British Columbia, a new museum that highlights the living history, vibrant cultures and contributions to our province and nation from peoples of diverse South Asian heritage,” said Haroon Khan, co-chair, ministerial advisory committee.