PREMIER Christy Clark presented the 100 Year Journey book to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week as the official gift from the Province of British Columbia. The commemorative publication includes 100 selected stories of British Columbia’s South Asian pioneers spanning the past century. A single copy of the hard cover edition was specially handmade for the occasion.
At a private meeting held shortly before Canada’s official state dinner for Modi, Clark discussed the experiences of South Asian Canadians as an important part of Canada’s past, present and future.
“I met with Prime Minister Modi to talk about strengthening cultural, social and, of course, economic ties between British Columbia and India. I presented him with the book, the 100 Year Journey which is filled with so many inspiring stories of pioneers who came here and endured some of the most difficult circumstances, stuck with it, and decided to stay. And because they did, they helped us build a much better and richer country. We were lucky to have them come. These stories matter. These stories inspire.” she said.