The Centennial Gala commenced in 1997 to commemorate the centenary of Sikh settlement in Canada. Since then it has been privileged to be at the forefront of promoting Sikh heritage and culture by celebrating the participation and excellence achieved by Sikhs and non-Sikhs in all aspects of civil, social and cultural life. The Centennial Gala is the highlight of the year for the Sikh diaspora in Canada, in what has become the most prestigious South Asian event in North America.
In addition to showcasing exceptional art and entertainment connected to Sikh heritage, every year the Sikh Centennial Gala honours both exemplary Sikhs and Non-Sikhs whose accomplishments deserve recognition. In the past, honourees have included the Prime Minister of Canada, Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, UN mandated humanitarians, leaders of industry, distinguished entrepreneurs, inspiring athletes and accomplished artists.
The Sikh Foundation is also proud to be approved by the Government of Canada as a not-for-profit organization. All of the funds raised by the Sikh Centennial Gala are used towards event expenses and other Sikh Foundation activities.