Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project

History Across The Regions Project (HARP) 2017 - 2018

Click on the image above to read more about the Mayo Family

Click on the image above to read more about the school in Paldi, BC

The Final Regional Consultation Report is based on the Phase II of the Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project, the History Across the Regions Project (HARP). HARP built upon the work of the Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project with a recognition 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 intercultural understanding of each other.
  • Society may evolve in positive ways that are impactful and have a lasting legacy.

The project established informal engagement hubs in communities by building on existing networks. These communities were 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 was to bring people together to record family histories, and share and collect Punjabi historical and contemporary perspectives on migration, employment, social organizations, family settlements, integration, political struggles, experiences of racism, discriminatory legislation, inter-generational and intercultural experiences, etc. The project team traveled to and undertook historical research in each of these communities and, along with our project partners, hosted workshops and consultations in each community.

The report highlights the feedback and conversations with community members from all seven regions across British Columbia.

The final report can be accessed by clicking: Final Report.




Please view stories of Punjabi Canadians from across the province, sharing their experiences, struggles and successes.

On this page, you’ll find links to media coverage of the Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project.


Photograph by Darren McDonald, UFV

Drishti Magazine (April, 2018). Documenting our own history: The Punjabi Legacy Project

UFV Skookum Magazine (July 2018). Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project travels to tell untold stories.

 Royal BC Museum (March 05, 2018). A new perspective for a decades – old display.

Surrey Now-Leader (March 07, 2018). Museum logging display updated with help from Surrey’s Gurm, Punjabi-Canadian community.

CBC News (2015): Royal BC Museum Asks  Indo-Canadian  Community  To Check  Accuracy  Of  Displays.

Round-Up: The Voice of the BC Museums Association (Issue 271: Change Makers: Making a Difference). Punjabi Legacy Project: Linking BC’s Punjabi Canadians.  



Royal BC Museum Curator and PCLP Member Tzu-I Chung discusses the Punjabi Community in the Cowichan Valley, BC:

“Building BC – Life of Mayo Singh” – a video by Sebi Singh, Victoria. 

Duncan Cheknews (2017): This Week in History: Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project

Virtual Museum of Canada (2004). Camp to Community (Cowichan Forestry Life): Places of Worship.

Virtual Museum of Canada (2004). Camp to Community (Cowichan Forestry Life): Where They Came From. 


The Golden Star News Release (2017): Legacy Project Collecting Oral History of Golden Pioneers.

The Canadian Bazaar (2013): Golden City gurdwara was first Indian shrine in North America.


Omni Punjabi News, November 28, 2017.
















Director: South Asian Studies
Abbotsford campus , F131
Phone: (604) 854-4547
Coordinator: South Asian Studies
Abbotsford campus , F131
Phone: (604) 851-6325
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 and our partners: