The story of Sikh Heritage Manitoba is a continuation of the legacy of early Sikh pioneers who shaped Canada.
The original image that served as the inspiration for the recreation of the historic moment in time was captured by Phillip Timms in Vancouver at the intersection of Granville and Hastings Street in 1908. This image became one of the most iconic photographs chronicling the journey of Sikh pioneers at a time which was rather difficult for the men and women of the community. Yet these men radiated a resilience and what we in the Sikh faith refer to as ‘Chardi Kalla’ an eternal optimism in the face of all adversity.
The re-imagination of this photograph from a 21st century perspective while showing a gender equality stance was of paramount importance to Sikh Heritage Manitoba. 2019 also marks the 100th anniversary for Sikh women and children being allowed to come to Canada, after they were initially barred in the early 1900s.
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