Neighbourhood Speaker Series

Learn about the history and spirituality of the South Asian communities in Burnaby. Registrants are invited to join the tours and ask questions of their guides during these interactive, in-person experiences.

The presentations are free, but registration is required as space is limited. To register, call 604-297-4565 or email

Fall 2023 schedule

Architectural Tour of the Ismaili Centre

Address: 4010 Canada Way
Date: Friday, September 15, 2023
Check in time: 11:15 am
Tour: 11:30 am-1 pm
Facilitator: Kate Petrusa, Assistant Curator

The Ismaili Centre, Vancouver (Burnaby) is one of only 6 buildings around the world, the other 5 being in London, Lisbon, Dubai, Dushanbe and Toronto. Each building’s architecture and functionality reflect the places in which they are located. Join this tour to hear about the uniqueness of Ismaili Centres and what makes the site-specific architecture of Burnaby’s Center, special. The Centres are places for spiritual search, broadening intellectual horizons and fostering an appreciation of pluralism.

Talk and Tour: Truths Not Often Told: Being South Asian in Burnaby

Address: 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Date: Friday, September 22, 2023
Check in time: 6:15 pm
Tour: 6:30-8 pm
Facilitator: Jane Lemke, Curator

Come explore the rich history and culture of Burnaby’s South Asian Canadian communities in this Curators’ Tour of the Burnaby Village Museum’s newest exhibit, Truths Not Often Told: Being South Asian in Burnaby. Co-Curators Jane Lemke and Dr. Anushay Malik discuss the difficult task of uncovering these often untold stories throughout history and highlight the stories of resilience and hope of today’s South Asian Canadian communities. Light food and refreshments will be served.

Tour of the Masjid al Salaam and Education Centre

Address: 5060 Canada Way
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2023
Check in time: 2:45 pm
Tour: 3-4:30 pm
Facilitator: Kate Petrusa, Assistant Curator

Learn about Islamic tradition, architecture and culture in this educational tour of the mosque, Masjid al Salaam, a Muslim place of worship and prayer. Located kitty-corner from the Burnaby Village Museum.

Introduction to the Hindu Temple Burnaby

Address: 5420 Marine Drive
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2023
Check in time: 12:15 pm
Lunch: 12:30 pm
Discussion: 1:30-2:30 pm
Facilitator: Christina Froschauer, Community Engagement Coordinator

Learn about this sacred and spiritual place of worship on this educational tour of the Hindu Temple Burnaby. Lunch (prasada) is offered at 12:30 pm followed by an educational discussion at 1 pm with Dr. Swami Satya Prakash.


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