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Investments in Sikh Canadian Heritage Highlighted in Budget 2024

Toronto – In a move to honor and preserve the rich cultural heritage of Sikh Canadians, the federal government has announced significant investments as part of Budget 2024. These investments aim to recognize the invaluable contributions of the Sikh community to Canada’s history and society.

The highlight of Budget 2024’s initiatives is the creation of the Gallery of Global Sikh Art and Culture at the prestigious Royal Ontario Museum. With a substantial investment of $6 million, this dedicated space will showcase the artistic, cultural, and historical contributions of Sikh Canadians. Developed in collaboration with the Sikh Arts and Culture Foundation, the gallery is poised to become a focal point for celebrating Sikh heritage and fostering greater understanding and appreciation among Canadians.

Additionally, Budget 2024 includes support for the completion of a short film on the role of Canadian and Indian soldiers, particularly Sikh soldiers, in the First and Second World Wars. With an investment of $1.8 million, this initiative by the Indus Media Foundation aims to honor the bravery and sacrifice of Sikh soldiers while highlighting the shared history between Canada and India.

Leaders across various levels of government have expressed their support and enthusiasm for these investments. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emphasized the importance of preserving Sikh Canadian heritage, stating that diversity is Canada’s greatest strength. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, echoed these sentiments, acknowledging the significant contributions of Sikh Canadians to the nation’s prosperity and diversity.

Minister of Diversity, Inclusion, and Persons with Disabilities, Kamal Khera, underscored the resilience and determination embedded in Sikh history, affirming the need to ensure that these stories are passed down to future generations.

Josh Basseches, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Ontario Museum, expressed gratitude for the government’s commitment to the Gallery of Global Sikh Art and Culture, recognizing it as a significant addition to the museum’s offerings.


The investments outlined in Budget 2024 to preserve Sikh Canadian heritage are a commendable step towards recognizing and celebrating the diverse cultural tapestry of the Greater Toronto Area and Canada as a whole. As a multicultural hub, GTA Today recognizes the importance of initiatives like the Gallery of Global Sikh Art and Culture in fostering greater inclusivity and understanding within our communities. By showcasing the rich history and contributions of Sikh Canadians, these investments not only honor the past but also pave the way for a more inclusive and united future.

Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief of GTA Today and serves as the Parliament Hill Reporter covering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. With a commitment to accurate and timely news coverage, Marshall-Squire brings depth and insight to the forefront of Canadian journalism. For feedback, reach out at

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