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Sikh Pioneers in BC Recognized In New Stop of Interest Sign

Photo: Province of BC

Early Sikh pioneers in Golden were recognized today with a new Stop of Interest sign next to the viewpoint off Golden View Road in British Columbia.

The sign recognizes the contributing role Sikhs have played in Golden’s History.

“This new Stop of Interest recognizes the important contributions early Sikh settlers made in Golden and throughout the Interior of B.C.,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone. “This is a good example of the Stop of Interest signs we want to add across the province, to tell the stories of how B.C. was shaped through the contributions of many different ethnicities and cultures.”

While the majority of British Columbia’s Sikh temples and population reside in metro Vancouver, the first Sikh temple in the province was built in Golden.

“We acknowledge the Gurdwara in Golden as the first in B.C., and quite likely the first in North America,” said Pyara Lotay, on behalf of the local Sikh community. “We thank the B.C. government for recognizing Golden’s Sikh pioneers and their place of worship with this Stop of Interest.”

The province first installed Stop of Interest signs in 1958 as an effort to commemorate the Colony of B.C.’s centenary and highlight historical places, people, and events.

“The story of our community’s Sikh pioneers is one of hard work and determination,” said Golden mayor Ron Oszust. “This Stop of Interest means a lot to our present-day Sikh residents, and highlights an important chapter in the rich history of our region, of which we’re all proud.”

The province plans to add 75 new Stop of Interest signs by early summer 2017.

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