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Public engagement begins for brand spanking new South Asian Canadian museum — BC Alliance for Arts + Tradition

This Press Launch is supplied as courtesy of BC Gov Information.

A brand new web site will present British Columbians with alternatives to share their imaginative and prescient for a brand new museum to spotlight the historical past, tradition and contributions to B.C. from Canadians of numerous South Asian heritages.

The general public engagement course of will present a number of and totally different alternatives for participation knowledgeable by Simon Fraser College’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and the ministerial advisory committee. The committee is made up of appointed members who establish as South Asian chosen for his or her expertise in group engagement, lived expertise and cultural information. Their function is to tell the event of the engagement plan, share alternatives inside their communities and assist community-based conversations.

The Province is dedicated to an inclusive, responsive and clear engagement course of that gives house for all factors of view, experiences, tales and voices. The engagement will embrace South Asian Canadian organizations and communities, together with leaders, youth, elders, entrepreneurs, artists, students, historians, and other people from numerous social, cultural, gender and accessibility-inclusive communities.

There can be a number of alternatives for British Columbians to share their enter in particular person and just about in the course of the engagement course of. Public enter can be important for decision-making at each section of the challenge, together with figuring out the identify, location and imaginative and prescient for this museum.

Neighborhood-designed workshops and a web-based public survey will start in early 2024. Suggestions obtained via the engagement course of can be launched in a report summarizing key suggestions, themes and questions, which can be revealed on the engagement web site in the summertime of 2024.


Lana Popham, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Tradition and Sport –

“Public enter, particularly from South Asian communities, is significant to shifting ahead on this first-of-its-kind museum. This web site will present a platform for everybody concerned to be heard and I’m assured that the engagement will assist convey collectively a shared imaginative and prescient that displays the wants and aspirations of South Asian communities in B.C.”

Mable Elmore, Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives

“For nearly 130 years folks from South Asia have been calling British Columbia house, however this has not at all times been a welcoming place for them. By working with group members we will construct a singular and significant museum that may higher replicate and protect the varied and wealthy historical past of South Asians within the province for generations to come back.”

Haroon Khan, co-chair, ministerial advisory committee

“I’m delighted and honoured to take part within the groundbreaking work of an modern and important new establishment for all of British Columbia, a brand new museum that highlights the dwelling historical past, vibrant cultures and contributions to our province and nation from peoples of numerous South Asian heritage. Historical past will not be one thing that occurs, it’s one thing you make. Let’s make historical past collectively.”

Fast Info:

  • The brand new museum will construct on each the Punjabi Canadian Legacy Undertaking and South Asian Canadian Legacy Undertaking, which showcased the previous and current contributions of South Asians in B.C. with greater than $1.2 million in authorities assist.

  • The Centre for Dialogue’s function is to supply strategic recommendation to the Province in order that engagement is designed with the rules of fairness, inclusivity, accessibility, anti-racism and anti-casteism.

  • The centre works carefully with the advisory committee to replicate the communities’ wishes for learn how to have these conversations within the design of engagement alternatives.

  • The centre’s function as public engagement specialist is to not create the imaginative and prescient for the museum. That’s the function of communities. 

  • The institution of a South Asian Canadian museum is a part of the Province’s cross-government work to collaborate with Indigenous Peoples and racialized communities to dismantle systemic racism and construct a greater, extra inclusive province.

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