SASI Receives Anti-Racism Data Legislation Community Grant

The SASI has received a $13,000 grant from the Anti Racism Initiatives Engagement Branch of the Province of BC to facilitate a workshop looking at the nature of disaggregated data collection within the University sector. The SASI, working in partnership with UFV’s Race and Antiracism Network (RAN) will be organizing a workshop with invited guests … Read more

Haq and History Exhibit Travels Across School District #34

This year, the SASI was pleased to travel its original Haq and History exhibit, curated in partnership with the Royal BC Museum, to three schools in Abbotsford’s school district #34. The three schools, Eugene Reimer, Rick Hansen and Abbotsford Traditional Middle School displayed the exhibit panels and engaged in additional learning about the significance of … Read more

SASI Produced Film ‘Solidarity Lives’ Screened at VISAFF – 2021

The SASI produced film ‘Solidarity Lives,’ a short documentary looking at historic sites of significance across the lower mainland has been selected to screen at this years’ Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival. The film presents a story of four South Asian Canadian Historic Sites: Akali Singh Sikh Temple, Vancouver, Burrard Inlet, Coal Harbour and … Read more

SASI Coordinator in Knowledge Network Series “British Columbia – An Untold History”

A new five-part Knowledge Network series titled “British Columbia – An Untold History,” launched in October, 2021. The series explores how “Indigenous, Chinese, Japanese, Punjabi, Black, and European stories are woven together (to) present an astute look at the complicated histories that shaped BC as we know it today.” The film series has come just … Read more

SASI Alumni Sheetal Deo Named 2021 Young Distinguished Alumni Award at UFV

The SASI was pleased to nominate winning recipient Sheetal Deo for UFV’s 2021 Young Distinguished Alumni. Sheetal is a former student volunteer with the South Asian Studies Institute, and former leader with its student organization the South Asian Peer Network Association (SAPNA). Sheetal has had far reaching and meaningful impact in the spaces she navigates … Read more

SASI Director Featured in Podcast Series ‘The Conversation’

SASI Director Dr. Satwinder Kaur Bains is featured as part of the ‘Don’t Call me Resilient‘ podcast series by “The Conversation.” The series, as noted on their website “was produced with a grant for Journalism Innovation from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada” and “is a provocative new podcast about race…(that) takes … Read more

SASI Recipient of Darpan Magazine’s ‘Heritage Defender’ Award

(As seen on UFV Today by Anne Russell on October 18, 2021) UFV’s South Asian Studies Institute (SASI) has been recognized for its contribution to heritage preservation in British Columbia. SASI received the Heritage Defender award on October 15 at the 11th annual Darpan Extraordinary Achievement Awards. Dr. Satwinder Bains, director of SASI, accepted the … Read more

SASI Grants Awarded

Since June, the SASI has been awarded three new grants for projects over the summer and into the fall, 2021. The Heritage BC (Heritage Awareness Grant) was awarded in order to create an online interpretive historic walking experience at the National Historic Site, Gur Sikh Temple in Abbotsford. The Canadian Council of Archives Young Canada … Read more

South Asian Canadian Legacy Project – Year Two

The South Asian Canadian Legacy Project Partners and members of the Project Management Team met recently for a two-day retreat to prepare for the final year of work. Since receiving Provincial funding, the South Asian Studies Institute has been working with a dedicated team and partners to engage in six projects: Travelling Exhibit (in partnership … Read more

Catching Up with SASI Alumni

Since the founding of the SASI (formerly the Centre for Indo Canadian Studies) at the University of the Fraser Valley, there have been close to one hundred students, volunteers, research assistants, co-op placements, practicum placements, etc., who have been involved in our research. As such, the SASI will be featuring a new addition in its … Read more