“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

SASI Partnership Event Offers Financial Education Workshop to International Students

The South Asian Studies Institute partnered with UFV International and Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), to offer its first in-person workshop to UFV International Students on Financial Education in Canada with the specific topic on fraud and cyber fraud. The workshop was offered by Ms. Nicky Kang – Community Manager along with her colleagues Harman … Read more

SASI’s ‘Where Are The Women’ Collects Stories of Punjabi Women in the Valley

The SASI is pleased to present its four-part story titled ‘Where Are The Women: Love, Solace, and Courage.’ This research project re-imagines archival images and their connected stories through an inclusion of women’s voices and lived experiences, providing the foundation for HERSTORY, while the narrative in the portraits continues timelessly into the next generations. The … Read more

SASI Director Joins Shastri Panel on ‘Taking Traditions Forward: Preserving and Conserving Culture and Heritage’

SASI Director Dr. Satwinder Kaur Bains joined fellow panelists for a meaningful conversations on culture and heritage in the South Asian Canadian Diaspora. The panel was part of a lecture series organized by the University Institute of Fashion Technology & Vocational Development, Panjab University, and the Shastri Indo Canadian Institute and the South Asian Studies … Read more

SASI Authors Historical Book on the Fraser River Community Crematorium Society

The SASI was the lead researching institute and coordinator for a newly published book titled Dying with Dignity which is a detailed history of the first crematorium built in the Fraser Valley (Abbotsford) under the auspices of the Fraser River Community Crematorium Society (FRCCS). Founding board members and local community members, Mr. Manjit Sohi and … Read more

Former SASI Student Heads to TRU Law

The SASI is pleased to feature Mr. Landon Kaetler, a former student research assistant who has recently been accepted into TRU’s law program. Landon proudly credits his experiences learned during his time at the SASI, and through its Director, Dr. Satwinder Kaur Bains, for his success. Read below about Landon, his research at the SASI, … Read more