BC recognizes South Asian Canadian heritage

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Until November 6th British Columbians can go online at: http://www.heritagebc.ca to nominate places of historic significance to South Asian Canadians for recognition.

Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Amrik Virk made the announcement on Friday with representatives from the Royal BC Museum, and Centre for Indo Canadian Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley.

South Asian Canadians have ancestral connections to India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

Nominated historic places will be evaluated by a team that includes community and academic expertise. Historic places of the highest significance will be considered for official recognition by the Government of British Columbia and if recognized, will be placed on the BC Register of Historic Places and the Canadian Register of Historic Places: www.historicplaces.ca.

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Final decisions will be made in early 2017.

As part of nomination phase, a heritage values workshop is scheduled for September 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Strawberry Hill Library in Surrey. Workshop participants will be asked to share knowledge, stories and what they value about historic places associated with the South Asian Canadian community and Canadians of South Asian ancestry in B.C. More information on this workshop is available online at: http://www.heritagebc.ca
In January, the Province formally recognized 21 historic places of significance to Chinese Canadians. Nominations for historic places of significance to Japanese Canadians are being accepted until November 20.

Nominations can be made and more information obtained at: http://www.heritagebc.ca. – CINEWS

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