The Indo-Fijians: Surrey’s Pocket of Paradise Now Open Signage

Discover the latest Community Treasures Installment at Museum of Surrey

September 22, 2021
Museum of Surrey

Surrey, BC – Indo-Fijians have carved a distinct niche within Surrey’s cultural fabric. Discover the shared history of these Voyager People at the Museum of Surrey’s latest Community Treasures installment The Indo-Fijians: Surrey’s Pocket of Paradise on now until December 19, 2021.

“Community Treasures exhibits are a platform for the community to tell their stories at Museum of Surrey. We are thrilled that stories about Indo-Fijians and their incredible resilience are highlighted in this latest exhibit,” said Museum of Surrey Manager Lynn Saffery.

Through artifacts, photographs and text panels, the installment shares the story of how Indo-Fijians embarked from India to Fiji in the 1800s in search of a new life and future for themselves and their families. Migrating to Canada in the mid-1900s, many came to Surrey. Visitors will have an opportunity to learn about the Indo-Fijians' distinct tropical lifestyle, cuisine, customs and dialects, as well as the trials and tribulations of the Girmitiyas – the indentured labourers.

Museum of Surrey is open Tuesday to Sunday. To keep your visit safe, masks are required for those over 12. Proof of vaccination is required to enter the museum. Space is limited to ensure physical distancing.

Museum of Surrey is a dynamic and accessible community hub and cultural space that reflects the City of Surrey’s innovation and creativity. It is a people museum, with a mission to connect people and stories through engaging events, interactive award-winning exhibits, programs, textiles and local, national and international exhibitions, as well as public space for rentals. The site, located at 17710 56A Avenue in Surrey, is on the Heritage Campus, home to Veterans Square, Anderson Cabin, 1881 Town Hall and Anniedale School.

Contact Info

Kristyl Clark
Communications Coordinator
Heritage Services
604-502-6463
Kristyl.Clark@surrey.ca