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


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

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






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



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 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 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

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


For more details on these, or any other events, please visit or contact Sharn at






The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies Presents its Published Book, A Soldier Remembers


COPIES NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. $10.00 per copy. Please contact Sharanjit at 604-851-6325 to purchase.

Book Launch:
DATE: Saturday, November 30th
PLACE: Surrey Newton Library Branch: 13795-70th Avenue, Surrey, BC

 Image for book launch invite 2013



Ehsaas South Asian Readers and Writers Festival

WHEN: Thursday, November 21st


PLACE: Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, UFV, Room F125

Ehsaas 2013





The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies Presents Jaspreet Singh, Author of Helium
Thursday, October 10th, 2013
CICS, UHouse, F125

Helium for Web



GirlKind Foundation and the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies Present Every Girl Matters Day
Friday, October 11th, 2013
CICS, UHouse Room F125

Every Girl Matters 2013





Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, F125




Sikh Heritage Museum Exhibition Opening: Commemorating the Ghadar Centennial
WHEN: Sunday, September 8th, 2013 (exhibition will run until January 23, 2014)
TIME: 1:00PM
PLACE: Sikh Heritage Museum, 33089 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC 

 Ghadar Museum Final


Hola Mohallah Poster


You are invited to attend the fourth exhibition opening of the Sikh Heritage Museum
WHEN: Sunday, June 30, 2013
WHERE: Sikh Heritage Museum, National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple, Abbotsford, BC



UFV Hosts Dalit Poetics and Politics: Conference of Academics, Creative Writers & Activists

WHEN: April 12, 2013


WHERE: UFV Abbotsford Campus room B132

Dalit Poster



"It's a Man's Problem" A Conversation on Male Perpetrators of Partner Violence

Gary Thandi (MSW), will be presenting his research which presents the perspective of 17 front-line practitioners who, together, have more than 20 years of direct experience working with South Asian male perpetrators of intimate partner violence or their families. All the research participants - psychologists, program managers and counsellors, police and probation officers - are members of South Asian communities in the Lower Mainland.

Please note: RSVP is required. Please contact Sharn at for more information.

When: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Time: 3-5PM
Where: Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, (F125, UHouse)




UFV is hosting Mahinder Kaur Doman who will be presenting the poetry and writings from her book Zhindagee: Selected stories from our first daughter, which looks at the stories and narratives of the female South Asian pioneers. The book recounts the stories of the first Indian daughters born in Canada, including the Fraser Valley, Paldi and Lake Cowichan.

WHEN: March 9, 2013




Zhindagee Book Reading




The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies in partnership with the faculty and staff association and many other UFV partners is pleased to present the 'UFV International Women's Day.' The afternoon will begin with a screening of MisRepresentation followed by a keynote address by Bif Naked.

WHEN: Friday, March 8th, 2013

WHERE: B101 and keynote in B105

TIME: 3-5PM 

 IWD Poster




All are welcome to attend the next exhibition opening at the Sikh Heritage Museum located on the ground floor of the National Historic Site, Gur Sikh Temple in Abbotsford, BC.

This third exhibition is called "Canadian Sikhs: The Turban Challenge" and has been made possible through the funds from the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch Assistant Deputy Minister's Office.

WHERE: Sikh Heritage Museum, 33084 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC

WHEN: SUNDAY, JANUARY 20th, 2013 at 2PM

All are invited to attend, refreshments to follow



For any information on upcoming events and announcements, please contact:
Sharanjit at or call 604-851-6325

The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies in partnership with the City of Abbotsford's 'Abbotsford Building Connections' Project is pleased to present the Interfaith Dialogue: Sacred Texts and Religious Expressions. All are invited to attend. Please rsvp with Sharanjit at



PLACE: Centre for Indo Canadian Studies, UHouse, University of the Fraser Valley


Interfaith Dialogue

Case Statements

Read the original case statement for the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies (November 2003).

Read the original case statement for the BC Regional Innovation Chair on Canada-India Business and Economic Development (April 2005).













April 4-CICS collaborates with Abbotsford Heat for a game of hockey in celebration of Vasakhi

March 14- Ehsaas South Asian Readers & Writers Festival

March 8-International Women's Day Celebrations

March 5- Chai time Topic: Spirituality in modern age

February 22- Guest Lecture by Dr. Uttam Panda from Hidayatullah National Law University, India.
Topic: Role, Conflict, Stress and their Coping Strategies: An Indian Perspective 


Decemeber 17-Official opening of the Sikh Heritage Museum in Abbotsford by Lt. Gov S.L. Point

November 23-Indian Classical night. CICS invites 2 renowned artists from India for an evening of Indian Classical music

November 15- Seventh Annual South Asian Film Festival showcasing Sikh documentaries

November 5-CICS collaborates with Instutite for Understanding Sikhism (Quebec) and holds conference on Guru Nanak's Philosophy & Science

October 27- Opening of the exhibit at the Reach on Punjabi Arts and Culture

October 27- Ali Kazimi launches his book Undesirables at the Reach Gallery

October 24-Chai time

October 20-Diwali

September 26-Chai time






This month’s topic of discussion was Customs or Culture; Learned Traditions Over the Years.


Centennial Conference, 2011
Transnational Punjabis in the 21st Century: Beginnings, Junctures and Departures

The University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC

May 5 – 7, 2011



In honor of the 100 year celebrations of the

Sikh Temple National Historic Site in Abbotsford BC, Canada



A century ago in 1908, determined pioneers from Punjab, India came together against many odds to build one of the first Sikh gurdwaras in North America - the Khalsa Diwan Society Gur Sikh Temple - in the small rural community of Abbotsford, BC. The Gurdwara opened in 1911 amidst much fanfare and ceremony. This historically significant gurdwara was designated as a National Historic Site by the Canadian Government in 2002 and is the only gurdwara in the Americas to be bestowed with this honour.


In honour of the Gurdwara’s Centennial the Centre for Indo Canadian Studies at  the University of the Fraser Valley is hosting an international conference. The theme of the conference builds on the concept of the juncture as a point in time made critical by an occurrence of important and converging circumstances. The conference poses the idea that the moments and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, the transnational Punjabi imagination as well as its reality in the 21st century comprise a juncture that deserves discussion, analysis, and critique. We seek to better understand the beginnings and points of departures for this transnational cultural community amid its past and present trajectory of immigrant, settler, citizen, activist and leader. 


The goal of the conference is to develop a greater understanding of  transnational Punjabis in the 21st century as a broad community with an ever-evolving identity, form and ethos of communities. The conference seeks to engage local, national and international scholars on Diaspora, migration, transnationalism, intergenerational and gendered processes, religion, history, language and Literature, art, culture, identity and cultural politics in relation to Punjab and its communities.



For more information or to contact us, please email:

Or call: 604 -854-4547; toll free: 1-888-504-7441

For conference details please visit 


Negotiation of identity, ethnicity and nationality by South Asian youth

MAY 7 2011

The aim of the undergraduate students’ conference is to give students an opportunity to explore how South Asian youth may struggle with issues of identity, ethnicity and nationality and how they negotiate these issues and face an often conflicting and confrontational social response. These identities are always contingent upon the presence of both external and internal factors which initiate the cultural association, and often contradiction, in individuals dependent upon how they wish to be perceived.

The complex and poorly explored relationships between personal identity formation and gender politics, culture clashes, race and national identity deserves greater attention and invites the development of racial and national self-understanding for South Asian youth.

The conference organizers invite abstracts from undergraduate students. We welcome individual paper abstracts from all disciplines, covering a range of topics, including proposals that address questions in relation to the themes listed below:

1. Construction of personal identities in response to society’s construction of South Asian youth identity and the ensuing contradictions

2. Whom do we speak for/of?  Dominant images of South Asian youth and the extent to which they recognizes themselves in them

3. As second generation or immigrant South Asian youth, how do youth come to terms with the many contradictions they face on a daily basis, and what are those contradictions?

4. Where are the intersections of personal and national identity, as well as ethnicity and how are bridges built to cross over the divides?


No registration fee is required – all are welcome: student subsidies for travel to be announced shortly.

The Undergraduate Conference is part of the larger Centennial Conference 2011 - Transnational Punjabis in the 21st Century, taking place at the University of the Fraser Valley from May 5 – 7, 2011.

                                                        South Asian Lecture Series

Talk by Dr. Surinder Dhanjal:
Computer Analysis & Synthesis of the Punjabi Language

Dr. Dhanjal will look at the Punjabi language through computer analysis and synthesis. Punjabi has been ranked among the top 15 spoken languages in the world. Two languages, English and Punjabi, with totally different phonetics have been investigated by the author. This talk will concentrate on the problems encountered during the linear prediction analysis/synthesis of these two languages.

Where: Centre for Indo Canadian Studies, F125
When: Tuesday, November 9, 7PM

Talk by Gilli McLaren:
Gandhi and C.F. Andrews-a Friend of India

Gilli McLaren will discuss the relationship of C.F Andrews to the independence movement in India. Charles Andrews and Mahatma Gandhi became friends when they first met in South Africa, where Gandhi was beginning to make a name by fighting racism and apartheid. Armed with nothing but moral courage. Gandhi called Andrews "Dinabandhu" friend of the poor, with good reason. Andrews championed freedom for India from imperialist oppression, before Mahatma Gandhi took over the cause.

Where: Centre for Indo Canadian Studies, F125
When: Wednesday, November 17, 7PM

                                                                    Ehsaas Film Festival
The sixth annual Ehsaas Film Festival will be 
taking place on Wednesday October 13, 20, 
27 and November 10. This year’s theme will be related to the 
September 11 terrorist attacks on New York City. 
The films being shown are New YorkShoot on 
SightOf Land Labour and Love, and A Dream for Kabul. Each film presents 
a unique and emotional take on the terror 
attacks, and its impact, transcending cultural 
and religious barriers. The film festival admission 
is free and all are welcome to attend. 

Full Size Poster

Shoot on Sight  Wednesday, October 13
Discussion Led by Sharanjit Sandhra
(Directed by Jag Mundhra) Shoot On Sight is a fictional story based on London Police order to shoot suspected terrorists after the July 7th 2005 London bombings, that resulted in racial profiling. The Film is a thrilling and riveting drama that unfolds the turmoil in the life of Tariq Ali, a Muslim police officer at Scotland Yard. Distrusted by both his superiors in the police, and his fellow Muslims, he finds his inquiry hampered from all sides. Eventually, Tariq must face the realization that sometimes, the right decision is the hardest one to make.

Of Land, Labour and Love Wednesday, October 20
Discussion led by Director Ajay Bhardwaj
(Directed by Ajay Bhardwaj) Of Land, Labour and Love captures the irony of the lives of the tribal peasants of Dasmanthpur block in Koraput district.of the eastern state of Orissa in India.  A hilly, upland terrain rich in diversity of crops, however, its people suffer chronic malnutrition and ill-health. In their midst, Ama Sangathan, a federation of tribal women’s organizations, strives to find new ways by which they can equip themselves to restore their lands and the fragile eco system. A system eroded by the felling of trees, a callous government and years of exploitation of its people.
New York Wednesday, October 27
Discussion Led by Satwinder Bains
(Directed by Kabir Khan) New York is a contemporary story of friendship set against the larger than life backdrop of a city often described as the centre of the world. For most of us, larger events in the world are just headlines in the newspapers but these events can change our lives... forever. New York is one such story of three young friends whose beautiful lives are turned upside down by larger events beyond their control. It is based on the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The three friends are tortured and forced to be under investigation by the police for allegedly causing the attacks as they are Indians and are called upon to be terrorists.

A Dream for Kabul Wednesday, November 10
Discussion Led by Satwinder Bains
(Directed by Philippe Baylaucq) This feature documentary traces the journey of Haruhiro Shiratori as he tries to overcome personal grief by building a cultural centre for the children of Kabul. After losing his only child on 9/11, Shiratori spends 4 years traveling across 3 continents to speak about the disasters the Afghan children have endured and to raise funds for his centre. The film tells the dual story of a humanitarian project ambushed by problems and a father seeking to reconcile with his dead son.

                                                                        SAPNA presents Diwali

Dates: October 13, 20, 27,  and November 10, 2010

Time: 6:30pm-9pm
B101, UFV Theatre, Abbotsford campus

Fri, Nov 5
4-7 pm
Abbotsford Campus, University House F125

Join the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies for an evening of celebration including:

Bhangra/dance performances
Free, delicious food and sweets
Diya lighting
Free Henna

Come dressed in Indian attire - or we can dress you!
For more information please contact Raji Heer, Chair of SAPNA, at, or call 778-997-5115

On the CASE
 Photo Reception and Exhibition

The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, the BC Regional Innovation Chair (BCRIC), and the Global Development Institute (GDI), of the University of the Fraser Valley present a joint sponsorship of a cross-Canada tour of a photography exhibit that highlights a key aspect of effective development initiatives: empowerment of indigenous people. On the CASE, Child Advocates for Social Empowerment, an exhibit by photographer Marilyn Smith, captures the creative ways in which Developing Indigenous Resources (DIR) is transforming daily life in a slum on the outskirts of Chandigarh, simply by enabling slum residents to take on the role of local health experts. The opening reception for the exhibit is on October 26 at the Centre, and it will be available for viewing there from October 26-29. For details, please contact Garry Fehr at or visit . 

Date: October 26-29, 2010
Time: Opening Reception 6pm
Location: Centre for Indo Canadian Studies
Play at the Reach
UFV Department of English faculty member, Rajnish Dhawan has written a full-length play entitled That Time of Year.  It concerns itself with issues of marriage, gender, and sexuality as perceived through the lens of people in North America and India.  The discrepancies in the two points of view, the assumptions about these issues, and the stereotypes on both sides are brought out in the play.
There will be a staged reading on the evening of October 22 at The Reach Gallery.  A staged reading means that the actors will have scripts in hand and that there will be minimal set and minimal movement on stage.  In this way, we are able to concentrate on the script and the issues it presents for debate.
Following the reading, there will be a panel discussion involving various members of the Abbotsford community as well as the faculty of UFV.
Date: October 22, 2010
Time: TBA
Location: The Reach Gallery and Museum

Dr. Neels Talk on South Africa


Dr. Jan Neels will be presenting a paper on the progressive recognition of Hindu and Muslim personal law in South Africa

Date: October 7, 2010
Time: 7pm
Location: Centre for Indo Canadian Studies F125




Please attend a workshop with Dr. Gurcharan Singh Gill of village Dhudike, District Moga, Punjab, India. If you are interested in researching your family history in India, this workshop is for you. Some computer literacy is required.

University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, in the computer lab, located in the library building "G," the Peter Jones Learning Commons

Date: July 17, 2010

Time: 1pm-3pm

Topic: Lineage Based Community (Villages) Family Trees of District Moga and Punjab

Basic Outline: Ancient History of Jat Clans of Punjab; Solar (Suraj-Vanshi) and Lunar (Chandar-Vanshi) lineages of Jat Clans; Sample Village Records of Dhudike; Gill, Brar, Sidhu, Bhatti and Yadu Clans; Description of Shajjra Nasb (Kursee Nama) Records; Moga District Records; Need for Indexing these records by translating them into English and make the data search-able by computer. Records before 1950 are in Urdu and the later one’s are in Punjabi.

• Get the larger Punjabi Community involved in getting permission from Deputy Commissioners and the Punjab Government to let us preserve these records electronically by digitizing them and indexing them at no cost to the Districts or the Punjab Government. 
• Provide an opportunity for the Punjabi Community to volunteer to index a village of their birth and perhaps some other villages. 
• Make the indexed records available to the public on a suitable Website respecting the privacy laws.

Vita: Born in Moga; Left for USA in 1954; B. Sc. in Mathematics and Physics in 1958 from Brigham Young University, Provo Utah; M. Sc. in 1960 and Ph. D. in Mathematics in 1965, University of Utah, Salt Lake City Utah; Professor of Mathematics at Brigham Young University in 1960-63 and 1965-99; Since Retirement in 1999, engaged in Genealogical research including Land Records in District Moga, Punjab, India.

For More Information, please contact:
Sharanjit Sandhra

Diasporizing Punjab, Disorienting Bhangra
May 2010

The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies - along with partners the Department of Asian Studies and the Centre for India and South Asia Research at the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver International Celebration of Bhangra - will be hosting a number of national and international scholars of the Punjabi diaspora in May 2010. Click here for full information.

Reading at UFV by Author M.G. Vassanji
November 20, 2009

Award winning author M.G. Vassanji visited the centre to read from The Assassin's Song, which was published in 2007 and has since been short-listed for the Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award, and the Roger Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Vassanji received the 2009 Governor General's award for non-fiction for his memoir: A Place Within: Rediscovering India.

Ceremony Held at CICS in Memory of 1984
November 3, 2009

The Centre for Indo Canadian Studies held a ceremony in remembrance of the Delhi riots that ocurred in 1984, which was a year of great tragedy for Sikhs around the world beginning with the early June 1984 attack on the holiest Sikh shrine, the Golden Temple of Amritsar.

Installation of Sikh Holy Texts: Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
October 21, 2009

UFV faculty, friends, and students participated in the installation ceremony of the translated, four-volume set of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji in the UFV library. These volumes were translated by Sardar Priam Singh Chahil over a majority of his life and donated kindly to UFV by Mr. Ivor Thompson of Toronto. The texts are a valuable resource to students, faculty, and community members alike. 

CICS Celebrates Diwali, a Festival of Lights
October 16, 2009

UFV's South Asian Peer Network (SAPNA) hosted Diwali at the Centre for Indo Candian Studies. It was a fun filled day that included events such as diya painting (clay candle holders), and mehndi (henna tattoos) as well as delicious Indian food. 

Visit by Consul General
September 24, 2009

The Consul general of India-Ashok Das-and his wife, Dr. Erika Das, visited the Centre to meet members of the Indo-Candian Community Council. The Council hosted a reception dinner at the CICS with new UFV President and vice-chancellor Dr. Mark Evered welcoming the Consul General to UFV. Mr. Das reciprocated by commending the UFV for undertaking its initiatives witht the Indian subcontinent and offered his support to the Centre.

Reminiscences of the Mysore Palace
An evening with Princess Urmilla Devi

Monday, September 28, 2009
7-8 pm

Please attend this fascinating visual journey through the splendor of the lives of Maharajas and Maharanis of India. A personal walk through the annals of the Wadiyar Dynasty of Mysore, India, intertwined with teh historical narrative are personal reminiscences, anecdotes, and a private collection of visuals of the family.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Building F (University House), room 125.

Speakers from Orissa Share Views
June 22, 2009

The CICS hosted an event organized by the South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD). The focus of the forum was on the large-scale acquisition of hundreds of thousands of hectares of agricultural land, either for building mega-projects or for setting up Special Economic Zones to serve the local and/or multinational big capital.

Symposium on "Fragmented Lives along the India-Pakistan Border: Some Observations"
June 4, 2009

The Centre for Indo Canadian Studies and the UFV Geography department hosted a presentation by a visiting scholar, Dr. Harpreet Kaur Mangat, on the topic of the India-Pakistan borderland. Dr. Harpreet Kaur Mangat, a lecturer with Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar, India, presented her lecture titled: "Baptism by Fire, Survival by Grit: Life in the Borderbelt of Punjab."

Celebrate International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 23, 2009

Join us in recognizing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
6 to 8 pm
Abby, Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies

Presenters are:
Michelle Sylliboy, a Mi’kmaq visual artist and poet, who will read from her work Stepping on Intellectual Sacred Grounds.

Rita Dhamoon, from UFV’s Philosophy and Politics department, who will speak about two dominant streams in anti-racism work.

Paul Orlowski, UFV’s Teacher Education program, who will talk about opposing racial discourses.

Light refreshments will be served.
This event is sponsored by the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies.

Ehsaas: South Asian Film Festival
March 9, 16, and 23, 2009

Films will be screened starting at 7 pm at University House (F110 - UFV’s Abbotsford campus 33844 King Rd). Admission is free and is open to the public, donations welcome.

South Asian writers to gather at UFV
February 24, 2009

Due to the immense success of a similar event last year, the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies (CICS) and the UFV English department will once again host an evening with South Asian writers of the Fraser Valley.  The celebration will start at 6 pm, and will showcase five writers: Ashok Mathur, Tariq Malik, Anjali Banerjee, Phinder Dulai, and UFV's new writer-in-residence, Jaspreet Singh, who will also host the event. 

Each author wiil read for 10-20 minutes, and questions and discussion will follow. Some of these writers' books will be on display and sale, and refreshments will be provided.

The public is welcome at this event. It will be held on Tues, Feb 24, from 6 to 8:30 pm at UFV’s Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies in University House (F125) on the Abbotsford campus.

Access is off McKenzie Road. Pay parking is in effect at UFV.

Tues. Feb 24
Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies [F125]

UFV hosts Interfaith Dialogue
January 26, 2009

We all have a role to play in creating a peaceful and harmonious world, no matter what our faith or belief system happens to be. Learn more about how people of different faiths view the world and our place in it at an interfaith dialogue, hosted by the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley on Monday, January 26.

This free public event and discussion will include brief presentations by Harold Rosen (Baha'i faith), David Giesbrecht (Christian faith), Gurmit Singh Tiwana (Sikh faith), Kosum Soni and Oscar Khalideen (Hindu faith), David Mivasair (Jewish faith), and Raheel Raza (Islamic faith).

Plan to attend on January 26 from 7-9 p.m. at the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, Building F, Room 125 at UFV’s Abbotsford campus. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Satwinder Bains at 604-854-4547.

UFV marks anniversary of ‘Continuous Journey’ — Canada’s blockage of  South Asian immigrants
November 21, 2008

UFV is hosting its own event at 10 a.m. Friday, November 21st, at the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, at University House (Building F) on the Abbotsford campus. Bains will moderate the debate while UFV instructors and staff will discuss the Continuous Journey legislation and Canada’s current immigration laws and policies. Speakers include political science instructor Dr. Rita Dhamoon, speakers from the Geography department Dr. John Belec and Cherie Enns, and UFV’s director of Institutional Research Dr. Zareen Naqvi.

The event is open to the public.

For information about the India-Canada Studies certificate program, or Friday’s debate to commemorate a Century of South Asian presence in Canada, please contact Satwinder Bains at 604-854-4547 or email

Dr. Panja on "Shakespeare in Bollywood Today" and "Shakespeare on the Indian Stage"
November 17 & 18, 2008

Shormishtha Panja, Professor of English, University of Delhi, will deliver two public lectures with the sponsorship of the UFV English and Theatre departments, the Faculty of Arts, UFV International, and the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies.

Monday, Nov 17, 6:30 p.m. in Abbotsford, room B101
"Shakespeare in Bollywood Today"
This talk will have film clips from Bhardwaj's movies.

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2 p.m. in Chilliwack, Theatre
"Shakespeare on the Indian Stage"

India Study Tour Photo Exhibit
UFV's first study tour visited Majestic India in February 2008. Images from this memorable trip are on will be on display outside of the library in early September.

Diwali Festival of Lights
October 23, 2008
The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies at UFV is co-sponsoring the event with Mission Community Services Society.  The event is being held on Thursday, October 23rd at Heritage Park Centre, 33700 Prentis Avenue in Mission.  For more information please contact Satwinder Bains at 604-854-4547.

Udaari Pioneer Exhibition - BC 150 Event
October 24, 2008

An exhibit displaying Sikh history in British Columbia over the past 150 years will be on display at the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies on Friday, October 24th, 2008 from 10 am to 5 pm. 8 pioneers who lead the way for others will be recognized for the hardships they faced. To RSVP please contact Satwinder Bains at 604-854-4547
View the exhibit panels (PDF) Section 1  Section 2  Section 3
View slideshow of opening of exhibition

Comedy Night
October 27, 2008

South Asian Peer Networking Association (SAPNA) with support from Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies (CICS) present Comedy Night with Sunee Dhaliwal and Ivan Decker at Casey's, Monday 27th October. Doors open at 7pm and show begins at 8pm. All proceeds will be going to the Abbotsford Food Bank. SAPNA is a group of students interested in promoting South Asian Culture at UFV. For more information about Comedy Night or getting involved with SAPNA, please contact Raji @ 778 997 5115 or Bal @778 549 2824, email:

Kiran Ahluwalia in concert
July 25, 2008

Ghazal and Punjabi folk song singer Kiran Ahluwalia dazzled a mesmerized audience in concert on July 25th at the Abbotsford campus.

Celebrated author Anita Rau Badami visits UFV
March 31, 2008

Anita Rau Badami will be at two events at UFV on Mon, March 31, including a reading, book signing and reception.
Click here for details.

Consultation Report Abbotsford Youth Forum
A group of community youth called Speak Out, in collaboration with the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, hosted a youth forum at UFV on March 10, 2007.  They wanted to provide the students of Abbotsford high schools with a venue for dialogue and discussion. This forum was facilitated by various leaders from the local community. The aim of these discussions was to extract ideas from students and create recommendations which could be passed onto community organizations and government agencies. Eighteen students, 10 facilitators, 16 interveners spent a day together to discuss issues and concerns facing Indo-Canadian youth in the Canadian mosaic with a concerted goal to make recommendations that can be acted upon.
Please click here to read the full Consultation Report.

Children and the City Conference
February 2008
Chandigarh, India

Study Tour to India
February 2008

UFV helps Panjab University celebrate diamond jubilee
Panjab University, located in Chandigarh, Punjab State, India, recently marked its 60th anniversary and UFV’s vice-president external Robert Buchan journeyed there to participate in a number of events to celebrate the university’s diamond jubilee.
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CICS hosting career fairs
The Centre of Indo-Canadian Studies at UFV is planning two career fairs in January 2008 focusing on Indo-Canadian students and their parents. A number of UFV departments, along with UFV faculty and staff, UFV alumni and UFV Career Services will be on hand to answer your questions.  This is a free event and everybody is invited.

Sunday, January 13th, 2008 6pm-9pm
Khalsa Diwan Society
33094 South Fraser Way

Monday, January 14th, 2008 6pm-9pm
Gurdwara Sahib Kalgidhar Darbar
30640 Blueridge Drive

For more information please contact or call 604-854-4547.

Writer in Residence Event - South Asian Writers
November 16, 2007

The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley is pleased to host along with Richard Van Camp who is UFV’s writer-in-residence for Fall 2007, a South Asian Writers Festival.  Van Camp is a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation form the Northwest Territories, is a poet, novelist, short-story writer, storyteller, and teacher. 

Kuldip Gill, Summer Pervez, Tariq Malik and Sonnet L’Abbe will be reading select passages and giving context to their readings, answering questions, participating in a dialogue and discussion. 

Light snacks and beverages will be provided to this free event.  For more information and people planning to attend are asked to RSVP to or call 604-854-4547.

Friday, November 16, 2007
Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies at UFV
University House, Building F
7 - 8:30 pm

UFV to host Afghan member of parliament and women’s rights activist Malalai Joya
November 2, 2007

Malalai Joya, a member of parliament in Afghanistan and outspoken critic of those who abuse power and human rights in her country, will visit UFV next week as part of her BC speaking tour.

She will speak at UFV in the lecture theatre, room B101 on the Abbotsford campus, Friday, Nov 2, from 2:30 to 4 pm.

“This will be a truly thought-provoking and humanist talk focused on raising awareness about the role of women in Afghanistan,” says Satwinder Bains, director of the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies.

This a free event with donations gladly accepted for Joya’s group: Organization of Promoting Afghan Women’s Capabilities. People planning to attend are asked to rsvp to: or 604-854-4547

Joya’s topic will be The Women's Rights Catastrophe in Afghanistan: Prospects for Change

Fri, Nov 2
Lecture theatre, B101
Abbotsford campus
2:30–4 pm

Student Advisory Committee for the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies at UFV
October 27, 2007

The CICS is looking to form a Student Advisory Committee to discuss and provide input about the current courses offered, the development of future courses, activities at the Centre and programs and events that focus on youth. 12 students from a variety of disciplines will form this advisory committee and one student advisor will be selected to sit on the community advisory committee for the CICS.  The student advisory committee will also provide input on future workshops, take a leadership role in student-focused forums, events and activities and take part in student led initiatives. 

Please attend the first meeting of the Student Advisory Committee on Thursday, October 25th from 1-3 pm at the Centre.  Click here to view Student Advisory Committee poster.  For additional information drop by the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies – University House F Building.  Contact Satwinder Bains, Director, Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies at UFV, 604-854-4547 or via email at

National Historic Site of Canada – Abbotsford Sikh Temple Visit
Tuesday, September 25 11 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday, September 26 1-2:30 pm
Thursday, September 27 2:30-4 pm

Asia Month
May 2007

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 21, 2007

Official opening, Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies at UFV
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Official opening
Evening celebration

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