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

My Relationship with Caste is Complex

Please note – this story was originally featured as part of the Museum of Surrey’s “Being Punjabi” exhibit. My relationship with caste is complex. Anita Lal Pride. I come from a pioneer family. Our Baapuji, Maiya Ram Mahmi (Maternal Great-Grandfather) was one of the first Chamaar’s (“untouchable”) to come to Canada in 1906. My family’s … Read more

Happy Holidays from the SASI

SASI staff, faculty associates and research students wish you a very happy holiday season and many good wishes for the New Year. The past two years have been filled with great stress and greater resilience, however, we are grateful for the friendships and relationships that continue to sustain us during those hard times. We hope … Read more

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