Canadian Sikh Heritage | (Dis)Enfranchisement 1907 – 1947
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(Dis) Enfranchisement 1907 – 1947:
The Forty-Year struggle for the Vote

Exhibition Dates:

February 2016 – June 2018


Sikh Heritage Museum

In the year 1907 South Asians living in Canada were denied the right to vote in Canada. This, in spite of the fact that South Asians had a formidable presence in Canada beginning in 1897. Forty years of lobbying, community rallying, fundraising and protesting finally resulted in the South Asian’s gaining the right to vote in 1947.

In commemoration of the 150th celebrations of Canadian Confederation, the South Asian Studies Institute curated an exhibit highlighting this significant, yet underappreciated struggle within Canadian history.

The exhibit, based on months of intensive archival research, was titled (Dis) Enfranchisement 1907-1947: The Forty-Year Struggle for the Vote.

The exhibit launched on February 19th, 2017 with a wonderful show of community support for the project and the narrative. Below you will see the online catalogue which showcases the exhibit panels and archives collected as well as their bibliographic sources.

Introductory Video

The (Dis)enfranchisement Exhibit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to

Gur Sikh Temple and National Historic Site

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Visits Gur Sikh Temple and National Historic Site

The Canada 150 Historical Timeline

(Dis)Enfranchisement Launch 

(Dis)Enfranchisement 1907- 1947 The forty-year struggle for the Vote