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South Asian Studies Institute

South Asian Canadian Legacy Project

Engage with the resources from the South Asian Canadian Legacy Project.

The Province of British Columbia is providing $1.14 million in funding to the South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley (SASI) with support from the Abbotsford Community Foundation to deliver the South Asian Canadian Legacy Project (SACLP). The funding allows SASI to continue pushing forward work showcasing past and present contributions of the South Asian community to British Columbia. We have built new partnerships as can be seen below:

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Six new resources aimed at reducing racism in British Columbia

The Project (2020-2022) focused on implementing six projects:

  • Exhibit of South Asian Canadian history to be developed in partnership with the Royal BC Museum.
  • Research and development of resources on comprehensive South Asian Canadian Labour History in partnership with the BC Labour Heritage Centre
  • Province wide digitization of South Asian Canadian collections, including artefacts, photos, texts, materials, oral histories and other resources which will be accessible to all through a digital archive – creating the South Asian Canadian Digital Archive (SACDA)
  • Production of a public history book presenting South Asian Canadian social histories across British Columbia.
  • Documentation and marking of 15 sites that are of historic importance to South Asian Canadians, which have been recognized by the BC Government.
  • Learning resources for South Asian Canadian relevant social studies curriculum for K-12 schools in BC to be developed in partnership with Open School BC.

Please visit our main research portal to view more information about SACLP, and the ongoing work.

We are grateful to the Province of British Columbia for this incredible show of support and funding, and to our partner organization, the Royal BC Museum. 


Watch the South Asian Legacy Project launch video



Download the official press release following the successful launch on April 12, 2022
View photos from the project launch

News stories: 

Canada's History e-Newsletter Article

Canada's History SACLP article

Summer 2022 issue of British Columbia History magazine

Summer 2022 issue of British Columbia History magazine

BCTF Article

BCTF Article - "Embedding South Asian Canadian culture, history and heritage in the classroom"

Global News BC TV 

Watch full newscast 

Daily Hive Vancouver

Omni TV Punjabi

Vancouver Sun

CBC Radio

DesiBuzz Canada

Drishti Magazine

Abbotsford News

View print story

The Link Paper

Fraser Valley News

The Indo Canadian Voice

Fraser Valley Current