Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project (2017-2018)

Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project |Phase 2: History Across the Regions

The South Asian Studies Institute (SASI) at the University of the Fraser Valley(UFV), in partnership with the Royal BC Museum, 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.


For more information about Phase 1, please click here.

History Across the Regions Project (HARP)

HARP builds upon the work of the Royal BC Museum’s Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project (PCLP). We recognize that Punjabi Canadian heritage needs to be an integral component of BC’s historical records and public presence so that:

·        Punjabi Canadians can take pride in historical ancestry and have a stronger sense of belonging.

·        All citizens throughout the province can deepen their understanding of each other.

·        Society may evolve in positive ways that are impactful and have a lasting legacy.

The project establishes informal engagement hubs in communities by building on existing networks. These communities are in six provincial regions that have significant Punjabi roots: Victoria and Duncan (Vancouver Island), Prince George (the North), Golden (the Kootenay), Kelowna (the Okanagan), Abbotsford (Fraser Valley), and Vancouver and Surrey (Lower Mainland).

The objective of these hubs is to bring people together to record family histories, and share and collect Punjabi historical and contemporary perspectives on immigration, employment, social organizations, family settlements, integration, political struggles, experiences of racism, discriminatory legislation, intergenerational, intercultural experiences, etc. The project team will travel to and undertake historical research in each of these communities and, along with our project partners, we will be hosting workshops and consultations in each community. The histories and perspectives that are collected will be published on this site, other web based platforms and social media. The overall goal is to create a lasting legacy project that enriches the regional and provincial museum and archives collections and promotes public understanding of the intercultural Punjabi Canadian history -regionally, provincially and nationally.

Director: South Asian Studies
Abbotsford campus , F131
Phone: (604) 854 4547
Coordinator: South Asian
Studies Institute
Abbotsford campus , F131
Phone: (604) 851-6325
Co-Director: South Asian Studies
Abbotsford campus , F117
Phone: (604) 851 6301
Regional Coordinator: Punjabi
Canadian Legacy Project
Abbotsford campus , F131
Head of Learning: Royal BC Museum
Email: jmacdonald@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca
Phone: (250) 387-2016
Curator of History,
Royal BC Museum
Email: tchung@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca
Phone: (250) 356-7226

Get in touch

For more information about the Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project, Phase 2: History Across the Regions, please contact: sasi@ufv.ca

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Province of British Columbia