Help Preserve Our History: The South Asian Canadian Digital Archive

The South Asian Studies Institute is currently developing a digital archive known as the South Asian Canadian Digital Archive (SACDA). SACDA is intended to provide online access to heritage materials created by, or relevant to, the South Asian diaspora in Canada. Earlier this year, we launched the first phase of the project with 15 collections, … Read more

SASI Director Featured in NFB Film ‘Unarchived’

SASI Director, Dr. Satwinder Kaur Bains is amongst several scholars, historians, archivists and activists featured in a new NFB film called ‘Unarchived.’ The world premiere of the film will take place at this years (2022) Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). According to the VIFF’s website: “For too long, the past has been the exclusive domain … Read more

Sikh Heritage Museum Virtual Tour

For more than 11 years, the SASI has been managing and curating exhibits at the National Historic Site of Canada, Gur Sikh Temple and Sikh Heritage Museum. We have provided tours to local community leaders, seniors group, educators, teacher education students, elementary, middle, and high school students across the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland. The … Read more

Casteless Me – Shauna Singh Baldwin

About 30 years ago, during a home renovation, several workmen used our guest toilet. When they left, I could not bring myself to clean it. I stood in my guest bathroom, tears welling, throat constricting, self-pity rising. And I was shocked at myself. As a Sikh, I’m not supposed to have a caste, leave alone … Read more

“Sold-Out” screening of Rails, Jails, & Trolleys – A documentary film on history’s largest Farmer’s Protest Movement

The film screening of ‘Rails, Jails, & Trolleys’ received an overwhelmingly positive response at a sold-out screening by a diverse audience on a busy Wednesday evening of August 24th. More than 150 people from all walks of life came to the premiere screening from BC, Alberta, and Ontario. The audience included social activists, academics, researchers, … Read more

Film Launch: “Rails, Jails & Trolleys” A Documentary on the Indian Farmers’ Protest

We are proud and excited to launch a new documentary on the historic Farmers’ Movement in India from 2021-2022. We cordially invite you to join us at the premier launch of the film. Rails, Jails and Trolleys documents history’s largest farmers’ protest and the Canadian diaspora’s response to it. This ground-breaking documentary captures the electric … Read more

SASI Celebrates Launch of ‘An Ocean of Peace’ Exhibit at the Sikh Heritage Museum

After more than two years of no in-person exhibit launches, the SASI was pleased to host the latest exhibit at the Sikh Heritage Museum, National Historic Site, Gur Sikh Temple in Abbotsford. The exhibit, titled ‘An Ocean of Peace’ was originally displayed at the Anvil Centre by the New Westminster Museum and Archives in 2019. … Read more

SASI Launches the South Asian Canadian Legacy Project

(From UFVs Press Release) … UFV launches new initiatives to showcase South Asian Canadian contributions to British Columbia Six new resources aimed at reducing racism through education are now available across British Columbia. Launched today by the South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley, the South Asian Canadian Legacy Project aims … Read more

SASI Partners with Surrey Art Gallery to Present ‘Rajesh Vora: Everyday Monuments’

The SASI is proud to be a community partner with the Surrey Art Gallery as it showcases its latest exhibit titled ‘Rajesh Vohra: Everyday Monuments.’ According to the Surrey of Art Gallery’s website, “Mumbai-based photographer Rajesh Vora documents domestic sculptures mounted on rooftops in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab that tell a story of … Read more