The Sikh Heritage Museum in Abbotsford, located in the National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple received the National Trust for Canada award as a Resilient Historic Place.
Established in 2013 through the generous sponsorship of Ecclesiastical Insurance, these awards honour projects and sites in two categories: exemplary commercial, institutional or mixed-use projects (transformative projects); and places that demonstrate exemplary heritage stewardship and long-term sustainability (resilient historic places). With these awards, the National Trust also recognizes the people who have contributed to the successful regeneration of historic buildings and sites across the country.
According to the awarding letter, the independent awards jury was a unanimous decision. The Gur Sikh Temple, a 109 year old building, is managed by the Khalsa Diwan Society, Abbotsford. Since 2011, the SASI has taken on the curating and management of the Sikh Heritage Museum, located in the ground floor of the Heritage building.
To view a short clip on the significance and meaning of resiliency for the Sikh community in Abbotsford, you can view the SASI Youtube channel.