Sikhs Want More Representation in Surrey City Museum

October 24, 2005

Source: CBC News

On October 24, 2005 CBC News reported, "Some people in Surrey's Indo-Canadian community are upset because they say the city's new museum doesn't adequately reflect their history. They feel the museum doesn't have enough exhibits specifically devoted to the Sikh community, in a city where up to 35 per cent of the population is South Asian. The largest permanent exhibit does showcase traditional Indian clothing. And the Sikh community is mentioned in some other displays dealing with food, newspapers and immigration. But Punjabi radio talk show host Sukhminder Cheema says his lines have been buzzing – that his listeners want more recognition in the form of permanent displays showcasing Sikh pioneers and temple history. 'The Sikh community has been residing here for 50 to 60 years and they have made a lot of contributions in the development of the city,' he says."