The Traveling Haq & History Exhibit

The Haq and History exhibit was curated and designed by the Royal BC Museum in partnership with the South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley. The exhibit gives visitors a chance to experience stories from, and about South Asian Canadians that document their lives, including highlights about work, home life and … Read more

Character Abbotsford Visits SASI

On January 11th, the Character Abbotsford Council members, and the public were welcomed to a tour of the South Asian Studies Institute led by Acting President Dr. James Mandigo. Dr. Mandigo introduced Character Abbotsford to the work of SASI with great honour and respect. He expressed his personal gratitude to the SASI team for their … Read more

Introducing Komagata Maru Lesson Plans for K-12 Students

The Komagata Maru Lesson Plans Project was initiated in 2023, with support from the City of Abbotsford as part of their commitment to public education about the role of Abbotsford residents in 1914 regarding the fate of the Komagata Maru. The South Asian Studies Institute installed a permanent outdoor exhibit titled ‘Challenge and Denial-Komagata Maru … Read more

In Memory of a Remarkable Man – Dr. Gurdev Singh Gill

We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Gurdev Singh Gill on Dec 17, 2022 in Chandigarh, Punjab, India. Dr. Gill made Canadian history as Canada’s first doctor of Indian descent and the first South Asian to graduate from the University of British Columbia’s medical school in 1957. Dr. Gill practiced medicine … Read more

SASI moves to Building K!

After almost 19 years after the work started to establish the Center for Indo Canadian Studies, staff at SASI moved offices from Building F to Building K at UFV. On October 12th, we held a farewell party where many friends of the Institute came out and shared beautiful stories and memories that they had made … Read more

Dr. Ambedkar Emancipation Day at UFV

On Oct 14, in commemoration of Emancipation Day – the day that Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar embraced Buddhism, the SASI and CHETNA organized a discussion on the annihilation of caste. A painting of Dr. Ambedkar installed at the UFV library was unveiled in the presence of members of the community, Dr. James Mandigo, Acting President and … Read more

Building Solidarity: Anti-Casteism at UFV

On September 19th, the SASI and UFV Library hosted a welcome back to campus event for students in the Library Rotunda that focused on creating an anti-caste UFV campus. Artist Raghavendra K.V. Rao donated a painting of Dr. Ambedkar to UFV Library where it will serve as a reminder of our commitment to anti-caste work. … Read more

Dr. Christine Moliner, Visiting Scholar from O.P. Jindal University

Dr. Christine Moliner from O.P. Jindal University, Haryana came to SASI as a Visiting Scholar in June to undertake research on the local Punjabi diaspora. During Dr. Moliner’s visit, she held two presentations at the SASI: one with MA student Prabhjot Kaur titled ‘Enough Schooling: Migration to Canada & Aspirations of the Youth in Panjab’ … Read more

Exhibition Opening & Komagata Maru Commemoration

The SASI launched a new exhibition at the Sikh Heritage Museum on July 25th, 2023: Marriages & Migration: A Transnational Story of BC. Evocative photos from the Del Monte collection allowed us to tell the history of transnational marriages in Abbotsford’s Panjabi Sikh community. The photographs in the exhibition present a glimpse into Panjabi Sikh … Read more