The Government of Canada is investing $380,000 to the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada for its project “Becoming Canadians Eh! The Sikhs.” The investment is being provided through the Canada History Fund, administered by Canadian Heritage, over the 2018-19 and 2019-20 fiscal years.
The project will create a Canadian Sikh Heritage Trail and a travelling Canadian Sikh Timeline Exhibition, along with a web portal and interactive mobile application providing facts, figures and personalities that have shaped the civic life of Canada. It will also allow current and future generations to learn more about the struggles, sacrifices and successes of Sikhs in Canada. The total budget for this project is $593,000.
“This project will create virtual spaces that will help the museum to reach a broader national and international audience through dynamic, interactive exhibits and cultural programming,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, in a press release. “The Government of Canada is working hard to promote inclusion as a means of fostering innovation, social cohesion and economic prosperity. This funding is just one of the concrete steps we are taking to encourage Canadians to embrace their diversity.”
The Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada is a provincially incorporated non-profit organization. The museum’s goal is to provide a public amenity by establishing and operating a Sikh Heritage Museum to preserve, curate and exhibit artifacts, publications, photographs and documents of historical significance. It also hopes to advance education by creating and touring exhibits, and by providing educational lectures and seminars related to Sikh history and culture.