“Duty, Honour and Izzat”, an exhibit outlining the often overlooked contribution of South Asian soldiers on the battlefields of the First World War, will be on display at the B.C.’s Parliament Buildings on May 11.
The exhibit tells the story of the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who travelled around the globe, far from their homes, to fight against a common enemy. These brave soldiers fought, lived and died beside Canadians, British, French and other allied troops in battles such as Ypres and Neuve Chappelle.
Visitors will enjoy historical illustration, descriptions and photographs showing the diverse nature and geography of the South Asian soldiers of the era.
Many of the descendants of Canadian and South Asian veterans have found their way to B.C. since that war, and closing a circle, have come together again as part of this province’s rich multicultural community.
Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens Services Amrik Virk -
“The shared sacrifice of Canadian and South Asian soldiers is a story that needs to be told more often. These men fought and bled together, and I think they would be proud their descendants are still working together to build a prosperous future here in B.C.”
Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation Michelle Stilwell -
“This exhibit is a great tool to educate and inspire the public by highlighting the valour of these soldiers. I’m proud my ministry helped contribute to its creation, and its continuing mission to shine a light on an important part of history.”
Indus Media Foundation: http://imfc.org/
Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services