Canada 150: (Dis) Enfranchisement 1907-1947: The Forty-Year Struggle for the Vote

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With funding awarded from the Canadian Government (Canada 150 Grant), the CICS has curated an exhibit in the National Historic Site, Gur Sikh Temple's Sikh Heritage Museum in Abbotsford BC.

The site’s significance and power, according to CICS Director, Satwinder Kaur Bains, is because it challenges ethnocentric narratives by highlighting Sikh community history as part of BC heritage. The exhibit, entitled (Dis) Enfranchisement 1907-1947: The Forty-Year Struggle for the Vote investigates and presents the arduous struggle for the South Asian franchise and the right for equal recognition and citizenship with other Canadians. In addition to the story of the South Asian Franchise, the exhibit also pays homage to the stories of franchise for Chinese-Canadians, Japanese-Canadians and women of European descent.

Abbotsford Member of Parliament for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, Jati Sidhu speaks to the exhibit and its significance: As a Canadian, I am proud of the freedoms we all enjoy in this great nation. As a Sikh, I am proud of those who came before me and who fought for their right to enjoy those freedoms. I have no doubt this exhibition will strike a powerful chord to all who have struggled for equality or stood up for the rights of others.

View our catalogue below for a quick tour of our exhibit content. click on "Read Now" for full screen view.

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