JASON Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, recently toured the South Asian World War 1 Centennial Exhibit in Surrey. The tour was provided by Steven Purewal, Managing Director of Indus Media Foundation and creator of the exhibit and Indian ex-servicemen in B.C.
Kenney learned about the significant contributions made by Indian soldiers, particularly those from the Punjab region, during WW1. Specifically, they were involved in the famous battles of Flanders Field, Vimy Ridge and the battles of Ypres.
This exhibit aims to engage youth and raise awareness amongst the different communities about this important part of our imperial history, which Canadians and Indians share in common.
The following day, Kenney met with executives from the BC Sikh Gurdwara Council, representing eight Sikh gurdwaras from the Greater Vancouver Area. Here they discussed issues of importance to the Sikh community in Canada and expressed their condolences for the tragedy that took place in Ottawa on October 22.