Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Amrik Virk announced September 16, 2016 that British Columbians are invited to submit places of historic significance to South Asian Canadians. He made the announcement with representatives from the Royal BC Museum, and Centre for Indo Canadian Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley.
“South Asian historic places that are nominated will encompass a wide range of cultures which include communities with heritage connected to roots in India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, The Maldives and Sri Lanka,” said Minister Virk. One quarter of people in B.C. are self-identified visible minorities, and 7.2% identify as South Asian Canadians.
Nominations will be open until Nov. 6, 2016 and can be made at: http://www.heritagebc.ca
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
Final decisions will be made in early 2017.
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 Nov. 20, 2016.