Mapping their contribution – Province proclaims Sikh Heritage Month and recognizes South Asian historic places (flickr.com)

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Historic recognition process

Heritage BC, a not-for-profit, charitable organization, was contracted to administer the public nomination process for South Asian historic places. Its mandate is to support heritage conservation through advocacy, training and skills development, capacity-building in heritage planning and funding through the Heritage Legacy Fund.

Overall, 35 submissions representing 26 places to be considered for recognition, of which 15 have been recognized. 

An evaluation team made up of community members, historians and others with subject matter expertise recommended 15 of the nominations for recognition under section 18 of the Heritage Conservation Act. This form of recognition is purely commemorative, acknowledging the values associated with the historic places nominated by members of the public.

The 15 sites are:

  • Akali Singh Sikh Temple, Vancouver
  • Burrard Inlet – Coal Harbour, Vancouver
  • Mahal Cranberry Farm, Richmond
  • Golden Sikh Temple, Golden
  • Gur Sikh Temple, Abbotsford
  • Guru Nanak Mining & Trust Co. - Commercial Building, Vancouver 
  • Joginder Bains Park, Lake Cowichan
  • Kapoor, Sooke Lake
  • Khalsa Diwan Society Gurdwara, Vancouver
  • Paldi, Vancouver Island
  • Punjabi Market, Vancouver
  • Simcoe Park, New Westminster
  • Tod Inlet, Vancouver Island
  • Topaz Street Sikh Gurdwara, Victoria
  • Youbou Mill, Lake Cowichan