Centennial Program, 2011 National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple Khalsa Diwan Society, Abbotsford, B.C
In 1911, determined Sikh pioneers from India built this temple, or Gurdwara with lumber donated from the nearby sawmill where many of them worked. Blending traditional Sikh and western frontier designs, the temple included a langar hall and a prayer hall of worship. It also became a centre for the social and political life of South Asian immigrants, helping them forge a vibrant community. Today, this oldest surviving Gurdwara in North America reminds us of the immigrant experience of Sikhs in Canada, and continues to be a sacred symbol of their spirituality. Completely renovated and beautified, this National Historic Site is being honoured by the community through year-long activities and events that we invite you to attend.
January 10 Photo Exhibition at Abbotsford City Hall Proclamation by Mayor
One Book, One UFV Reads Campaign
The Centre for Indo Canadian Studies at UFV presents the South Asian Readers' and Writer's Festival on Tuesday, March 29th. The headliner for the evening will be Anosh Irani, who will discuss and read from his latest book, Dahanu Road. Writers who will also be presenting include: Tariq Malik and Gurjinder Basran. Prior to the festival, the CICS is launching a "One Book, One UFV" reads campaign, where faculty, staff, students, and community members are encouraged to read Dahanu Road in anticipation of the event itself.
Ehsaas South Asian Readers and Writers Festival
The headliner for the evening is author Anosh Irani, who will be reading from his latest novel Dahanu Road, a tale about Zairos, a dissolute young landowner's son living in the town of Dahanu, just outside Bombay. Zairos's comfortable life is turned upside down when he falls in love with a former servant's daughter Kusum, as he eventually finds himself defying taboos with their relationship. At the same time his grandfather, Shapur, reveals to him the story of their family and of the land that Zairos stands to inherit.
Author Gurjinder Basran will be reading from her debut novel, Everything was Goodbye, which tells about Meena, a young Indo Canadian woman growing up in the lower mainland of British Columbia and traces her life as she struggles to assert her independence in a Punjabi community. Though a narrative moving between race and culture, it is ultimately a story of love, loss and self acceptance amidst shifting cultural ideals.
Author Tariq Malik will be reading from his recently released book, Chanting Denied Shores, which consists of the narrative threads of a disillusioned and dislocated passenger on the ill fated ship, the Komagata Maru. The book also includes the startling revelation of how some of the deported passengers walked the railway tracks from Calgary to Vancouver barely ahead the onset of winter.
Local Fraser Valley authors will also share their works.
Where: B101, Theatre Room, University of the Fraser Valley When: Tuesday, March 29th at 7pm
April 13-June 5
April 13 Opening Reception National Historic Site Sikh Temple Exhibition The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford
April 15 Vaisakhi Luncheon Fraser Valley Indo Canadian Business Association
May 5 Opening Reception Punjabis in the 21st Century Conference5pm Centre for Indo Canadian Studies, UFV
May 6 Transnational Punjabis in the 21st Century Conference Centre for Indo Canadian Studies, UFV Tour, National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple Khalsa Diwan Society, Abbotsford
Constructs and Contradictions Undergraduate Conference 9am Centre for Indo Canadian Studies, UFV
Virasat Pioneer Gala Fraser Valley Indo Canadian Business Association Centre for Indo Canadian Studies, UFV August 26 Starting Sri Akhand Path Sahib Prayer at National Historic Site Khalsa Diwan Society, Abbotsfort
August 27 OMNI TV LIVE On Location
Khalsa Diwan Society, Abbotsford
Bhog Sri Akhand Path Sahib Prayer at National Historic Site Jore Mela Nagar Kirtan (Sikh Parade) Outside Stage: Speeches by representatives/dignitaries of different faiths and different institutions VIP will address the audience and unveil Centennial monument Official opening and ribbon cutting by the chief guest of the Sikh Heritage Museum
October 20 SAPNA celebrates Diwali
October 26 Diwali Celebrations
October 27 CICS & Reach Gallery Book Launch Undesirables by Ali Kazimi The Reach Gallery MuseumAbbotsford
October 27th-January 8, 2012 Celebration of Punjabi Art and Culture Exhibition Opening Reception October 27 The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford http://thereach.ca/
November 5-6 Sikhism Conference at Heritage Sikh Temple All day event Please visit the calendar for details
December 17 Official opening of the Sikh Heritage Museum National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple, Abbotsford Closing ceremony of Centennial year with Lieutenant Governor of BC the Honourable Steven Point Khalsa Diwan Society, Abbotsford www.canadiansikhheritage.ca