The Centre for Indo Canadian Studies is the University of the Fraser Valley's nexus point where scholars from UFV programs, Indo Canadian community members as well as groups from all sectors of the community, and international visitors, students and scholars from India/South Asia come together.

The Centre supports the development, maintenance and strengthening of linkages that lead to diverse experiences for students, faculty and community. The Centre also initiates and supports India Canada studies, programs and activities that promote the study of and engagement with the sub-continent and the Indo Canadian Diaspora.

The research arm of the Centre supports associates of UFV to undertake research in their special areas as well as responding to broader needs as they arise. The Centre is a hub and repository of the pioneering history of the Indo Canadian Diaspora while assisting in the development of much needed research that benefits members of the community, government and the many facets of academia.

The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies is a hub of information for people who want to do business with India and who want to understand the relationships and opportunities between our two countries. It enhances the economic contribution of the Indo-Canadian community in BC.



October 27th-November 14th- The CICS Presents an Exhibition by Sanjay Austa commemorating the anti-Sikh pogroms in India: "From Lost Childhood to Uncertain Future: 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots Victims." This will be available for viewing for three weeks at the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies (room F125). (poster and details below)

Saturday November 1st- Academic Response and Symposium: Justice Denied/Collusion Denied 30 years later: Reflecting on 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms (poster and details below)

Saturday November 1st- The CICS presents a new play performance on the Komagata Maru, Evening Performance (poster and details below)

Sunday November 2nd- The CICS presents a new play performance on the Komagata Maru, Matinee Performance (poster and details below)

Sunday, January 18th, 2015- Exhibition launch, Canadian Sikhs in WWI: The Forgotten Story at the Sikh Heritage Museum in the National Historic Site of Canada, Abbotsford, BC

Dr. VirinderSingh Kalra
University of Manchester
"Punjabi Spiritual Music and the Sacred/Secular Divide"
Established musical genres such as kirtanand qawwaliare normatively associated with the Sikh and Muslim religious groups in Punjab. In pre-partition India, these musical forms were not so distinct, neither musicologicallyor crucially in terms of musicians. In contemporary East Punjab, the music played at popular shrines is performed by artists who are able to play with boundary markers and engage in what is being described here as Punjabi spiritual music. Drawing on musical and lyrical examples the continued salience of a musical tradition that defies the sacred/secular divide will be demonstrated.
Dr. VirinderS Kalra teaches in the department of Sociology at the University of Manchester, UK. His research interests are in Punjabi popular culture and religion across the borders of India, Pakistan and the diaspora. He is the (co)author of the book, Hybridity and Diaspora and an editor of the collection: A Postcolonial People: South Asians in Britain.
Friday November 21, 2014
Centre for Indo Canadian Studies
F125 University House
10:30 -12 noon
Virinder Kalra

The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies has commissioned a brand-new, full length play on the Komagata Maru story titled: That Land Beyond the Waves. This play has been written by Dr. Rajnish Dhawan and Directed by Dr. John Carroll from the Department of English.


Saturday, November 1st at 7PM (Doors open at 6:30PM)

Sunday, November 2nd at 2PM (Doors open at 1:30PM)


Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, Abbotsford


KGM Play reduced



The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies will be hosting a three week long running exhibition in commemoration of the 30th year since the anti-Sikh pogroms took place in Delhi, India. The exhibition features the photography of Mr. Sanjay Austa and is titled: From Lost Childhood to Uncertain Future.

The exhibition will be launched on Monday, October 27th at 4pm and will feature UFV speakers as well as some poetry reading and a chance for reflection. The exhibition will be available until November 13th in room F125 at the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies.

Refreshments will be provided on the launch day and all community members are invited to attend.

1984 Exhibition Latest



The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies will be hosting a symposium entitled:

Justice Denied/Collusion Denied
30 years later: Reflecting on 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms

This symposium will feature the keynote address from Dr. Parvinder Kaur Mehta of Wayne State University and will feature a panel of UFV scholars and a graduate student panel. All UFV community members and encouraged to attend and participate in this crucial dialogue.


WHEN: Saturday, November 1st


WHERE: Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies in Room F125 (Uhouse)

1984 Symposium





The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies in Partnership with UVIC, UBC and Trent University Present: Charting Imperial Itineraries 1914-2014: Unmooring the Komagata Maru.

Workshop: May 15th-May 16th at the University of Victoria

KGM Victoria Conference

January 26, 2014: Komagata Maru Centennial Launch and Sikh Heritage Museum Exhibition Opening


PLACE: Sikh Heritage Museum, 33089 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC


Sikh Heritage Museum hours: 10AM-4PM



March 7th, 2014

Ehsaas Film Screening brought to you by SAPNA (South Asian Peer Network Association) and UFV India

Time: 5PM-8PM

PLACE: Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, Room F125

All are welcome and refreshments will follow. There will be a special discussion moderated by director Ajay Bhardwaj.



Ehsaas Film 2014

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

CICS collaborates to bring International Women's Day and One Billion Rising celebrations

Time: 11am-3pm

Place: Thunderbird Plaza adjacent to the Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford

Community booths and the One Billion Rising Dance will take place at Thunderbird Plaza, followed by film screening and keynote address from Rumana Monzur inside the Reach. All are welcome.

IWD 2014

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