The book -- ‘100 year Journey’ -- gifted to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his official tour to Canada this year has been included in the school curriculum of four districts of Greater Vancouver area, while its further implementation in various other schools of the British Columbia province will take place in month of September this year.
“The book has been received well. There wasn’t any Indo-Canadian history taught in the Canadian education system. It is an effort to bring both communities together. Four districts of Greater Vancouver area have already approved the book for use in classrooms and others are in the cue. They have indicated that approval will be coming by first week of September this year,” said Rana Vig, 52, the Punjab-origin man behind the book.
He added, “The education minister of British Columbia has requested a meeting with us to determine how his department can help to expedite the expansion of the use of the book in all schools across British Columbia. Our goal is to have it in all schools across Canada.”
Confirming the development, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark said, “Yes, we are working to include the book in the school curriculum across the province. It is an effort to make children believe that they can contribute to the development of this country,” she added.
The book is a collection of inspiring stories of Indo-Canadians who brought positive developments in the society for the betterment of the community. The real life stories in the book are from Vig’s lifestyle magazine, ‘Mehfil’, column named ‘Reflections’. The Publication of the magazine was stopped in year 2010.
The fact that there was hardly any Indo-Canadian history taught in the schools inspired the CEO & chairman of Continental Precious Minerals, a mining exploration company listed on the Toronto stock exchange, Rana Vig, to produce this publication.
“My wife Rupa Vig encouraged me to take up this project. Since last year was the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident, she really wanted me to take on the project and shift the conversation from that dark and sad day in Canadian history,” said Vig, adding that his sons Akash and Arvind were equally excited about the development.
Rana’s father came to Canada in 1970 from Nawanshahr in doaba region while he along with his mother and brother came in 1972. He married the love of his life, Rupa, who is from Chandigarh, in 1989.
The positive impact
Talking about the impact the publication had on the community there, Rana says, “People are telling us that because of this book they are having discussions in their homes about their own families. This is very important towards helping our fellow Canadians understand how much we as a community are doing to make this country a better place to live. This educational process will help towards reducing racism and intolerance,” said Vig
The book now has been launched digitally and is available on various digital platforms, including Kindle, I-phones, Android phones. “We plan to translate some stories into various languages, including Punjabi. Even the Indian Prime Minister appreciated the efforts and wrote a very nice letter to our Premier with regards to this book,” informed Vig.