“The entire UFV community celebrates with SASI their dedication to the preservation and communication of the history of the South Asian community in Canada, and in British Columbia in particular. It’s wonderful to see this dedication and hard work being recognized by the greater community as well. Congratulations to all involved.”
The Heritage Defender Award honours the extraordinary achievement of a South Asian or organization that is preserving and promoting South Asian heritage and culture.
“The work that SASI does is inspiring and has given further recognition to the South Asian community in Canada,” noted Darpan representatives when announcing the award. “The organization’s work and success deserves praise and recognition, and this award is our way to acknowledge and applaud the work and passion.”
In 2020 SASI, with support from the Abbotsford Community Foundation, received $1.14 million in funding from the Province of BC to deliver Haq and History: A Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project.
The funding allows SASI to continue work showcasing past and present contributions of the Punjabi community to British Columbia.
The funding is an extension of two phases and six years of combined effort between SASI and the Royal BC Museum. This partnership has been working, researching, collecting, and sharing histories through the Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project (PCLP) — with South Asian Canadian community partners in Golden, Prince George, Vancouver Island, Kelowna, Vancouver, Surrey and Abbotsford, led by the Punjabi Legacies Advisory Committee.