Toronto: To relish 101 years of Indians in the country, Canada will celebrate ‘Culture Days’ during an ongoing exhibition at the library of Simon Fraser University in Burnaby from September 25 to 27, the media report revealed.
“Residents from Greater Vancouver and British Columbia will be celebrating this year’s ‘Culture Days’ that features arts and cultural activities presented by artists and groups,” burnabynewsleader.com news portal reported on Wednesday.
As 2015 marks 101 years of Indo-Canadians being part of the fabric of Canadian society, the library is holding a month-long exhibition of books, photographs, magazines, novels and other archival materials that documents the cultural history of South Asians in Canada.
The exhibit is underway at the library in the lobby of the W.A.C. Bennett Library in Burnaby till October 9. The limited edition of the “100 Year Journey” book will be on the display as part of “Traditional India Series” at Inlet Theatre galleria in British Columbia on September 25.
Meanwhile, the Axis Theatre Company has organised musical night and live action play for Culture Day celebration.
On September 27, artist Bill Edmonds will be available for an artists’ talk at the Queen’s Park Art Gallery.
From Canada, that boasts of a first Indian-origin Defence Minister in Harjit Singh Sajjan, here is the story of another Indian-origin woman migrant who has risen to become a minister in the government of the British Columbia — the Western-most province of the country known for its tech prowess globally.
Meet Jinny Jogindera Sims, who was born in Jalandhar in Punjab and migrated at age nine to England where she got a B.Ed degree at the University of Manchester.
Then, Sims and her husband moved to Canada in 1976. The first woman President of British Columbia’s largest teachers’ union, she was elected to the Canadian Parliament in 2011.
The 65-year-old mother of two, who now heads the Ministry of Citizens’ Services of British Columbia, is quite passionate about her job.
In a conversation with IANS, when asked about Canada’s inclusive nature and how emigrants like her can make it to the top in different fields including political power, pat came her reply: “If you ask me is there more we can do, my answer will be absolutely. We need to do more on aboriginals and the nations’ ethnic communities”.
“We need to do more. Inclusivism and racism is not a one-time issue. We need to do more for their education and other issues. We need to do it all the time”.
Asked about Indians and attracting the talent in the growing tech sector of British Columbia, Sims said Indians have made a name for themselves in the tech and other sectors and are in the forefront.
“I have been to India as an MP to various cities, including Bengaluru and Kolkata. Looking at the skills and talent and amazing companies, India is important in the tech sector. We are looking at new cooperation with Indian tech companies,” she emphasised.
As member of the British Columbia legislative assembly, she is a minister representing the Liberal Party in the government headed by Premier John Horgan.
Asked about her ministry’s work, Sims said her department has gone more digital in delivering services to citizens and that has brought its own problems.
Cyber crime, fake news and other related problems faced by the countries across the world are also her main problems.
“Digital economy is growing. More and more people are getting sophisticated and trying to commit cyber crimes. We are engaged more with businesses that are worried that more people are trying to get information online through Internet bandits.
“We are telling businesses to build extra layers of security. It is like when we construct a home, we have doors and windows which we close for security. Likewise, businesses have to build layers of security like Next-Gen anti-virus solutions and firewalls,” the minister stressed.
She said her ministry is very agile on cyber security and has become smarter with time.
“They (cyber-criminals) have got technology and are, all the time, trying to get into our systems. Nearly 300,000 systems were affected which is mind-boggling. It also shows we have to be extra-cautious, building firewalls and constantly monitoring them,” Sims said.
Asked about the problem of data stealing and stalking over social media platforms, Sims said the government’s role in this is limited.
As a mother and a grandmother, she would only advise that schools and parents have to tell children on the newer risks arising from the use of Internet.
“Parents can limit the children from accessing Internet. We can teach and guide them on cyber security. Businesses also have a responsibility,” Sims added.