Past Events

A History of Indo-Canadian in the Forest Industry: A Journey of Challenges and Triumphs from Early Pioneers to the 1960's and '70s

Date: September 30, 2014 11:00 am to November 20, 2014 10:15 am

 

The decade between the 1960s and 1970s saw alot of change in the forest industry in Prince George and the surrounding region.  The 1950s marked the end of an era in forestry. There were hundreds of sawmills, wastewood went up in up in smoke, trees were cut with chain saws developed after innovations of the Second World War, arch-truck logging was the latest thing, silvaculture and reforestation were just beginning, and  there were no pulpmills. By the 1960s and 1970s everything had changed. Large mills were being constructed, technology and safety continued improving. 

The goal of the exhibit is to recognize and honour Elders in the Indo-Canadian community who participated in the forest industry. The exhibit features a series of interviews with Indo-Canadians from Prince George's community regarding their experiences during the 1960s and 1970s. In order to understand challenges that were overcome and triumphs that were achieved, the exhibit explores some of the early pioneering experiences from Indo-Canadians including the Komagata Maru incident off the Vancouver coast, and discriminatory immigration policies that were implemented in the early 1900s. 

The exhibit reflects a chapter of the region's industrial heritage that is rarely written about. We invite visitors to include their voice in the exhibit by sharing a memory from their experiences in the forest industry as well. 

The exhibit will run from September 30 until November 20, 2014. The launch for the exhibit will take place October 11 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

For additional information please contact Katherine at (250) 563-7351 or email curator@pgrfm.bc.ca.