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2015 CICS Contributes Chapter in MSA Published Book: Abbotsford From Village to City: A Commitment to Excellence and Innovation

2013 Conference Proceedings: Interpreting Ghadar Echoes of Voices Past

In 2013, the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies hosted a conference commemorating the centennial of the starting of Ghadar, ie. Mutiny, which was the first anti-Colonial movement to emerge out of India.

PDF Version of the Conference Proceecdings can ve viewed by clicking: Ghadar Conference Proceedings

For publication page 



Abbotsford Building Connections Final Report, published in partnership with the City of Abbotsford and the Centre for Indo Canadian Studies

Click on the report cover below to read the final report

ABC Report Cover‌ 




Sikh Heritage Museum Reference Library

The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies has recently created a catalogue for the The Sikh Heritage Museum reference library collection which is located in the National Historic Site, Gur Sikh Temple in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Using the database: 

In order to view the full record for each item look to the right hand side of the References menu bar and under “Change View” click the drop down menu and select “Full View”


Under the search menu you may search by Descriptor (this will bring a list of all the descriptors or key words associated with the articles, select or click on one to view all items associated with that key word).

The Advanced Search will allow you to search by keyword in any field you choose (such as a title search).

The database is also divided into folders, select the Folders button in the menu bar to view the catalogue organized by folder.

The CICS is thankful to Mr. Hardev Singh Shergill of the Sikh TriCentennial Foundation and Mr. Gurmit Singh Tiwana for their generous donations.



CICS Published Biography, A Soldier Remembers


In the 1970’s Canadian society was struggling with issues of race and racism based on a general ignorance among its citizenry. When Pritam Singh emigrated to BC, Canada in 1980 he felt shock and disbelief that a man of his caliber and military ranking would have to face a barrage of blatant racism. This discrimination reached its climax during the Remembrance Day ceremonies of 1993 when Lieutenant Colonel Pritam Singh was denied entrance into the Surrey Newton Legion Branch because he was wearing a turban. True to his convictions and his Sikh faith, Pritam Singh waged a long and difficult struggle for Sikh veterans to be allowed to wear this key article of their faith in the Legion.


This biography is a story of Pritam Singh’s struggle with the Legion in 1993, but it is also much more than that. This book chronicles the struggles and accomplishments of an immigrant Sikh-Canadian, and the lifelong service he has given to his community. Pritam Singh is a true role model and his story needs to be shared.

For PDF version of the book, please click A Soldier Remembers PDF

Image for book launch invite 2013


"A Soldier Remembers" is featured in Sikh Nugget 
" A Soldier Remembers" is featured in SikhChic



100 Year Pioneer Project

Undertaken by the CICS through the auspices of the Khalsa Diwan Society, Abbotsford, this is the Indo-Canadian 100 Year Pioneer Project. Over the past five plus years, researchers, faculty and staff at the CICS have interviewed, transcribed and narrated the stories of those first Indo-Canadian pioneers who contributed to the building of our communities from 1904 onwards. These narratives allow for the perseverance and vision of these pioneers to be etched in time. Please click on the link below to view this extensive database, for narratives on the pioneers, and to view their images.

100 Year Pioneer Project Website



South Asian Migration: 1906-1915 The Vancouver Province articles

This database highlights the work the CICS has done to digitize the articles from the Vancouver Daily News Province from the years 1906-1915. We are grateful to Dr. Norman Buchignani, Doreen M. Indra and Ram Srivastiva, authors of A Continuous Journey for donating their archival documents to us. 

This database is an invaluable resource for researchers, faculty and student.

**Please ensure that you click on 'Full View' under the change view option in the database so you can fully access the articles**

South Asian Migration: 1906-1915 The Vancouver Province Articles Ref Works Database

How to use the refworks database

***PLEASE NOTE: That as of July, 2016, the refworks database is being transferred to a new Institutional Repository Database and so this database is temporarily unavailable. 


Abbotsford Indo-Canadian Seniors Project in Partnership with the CICS-Published 2009

UBCM Report

South Asia History Bibliography 

This database, created by Dr. David Milobar of the UFV Department of History, was motivated by his realization that the results of all his time and effort spent searching for English language material to support UFV courses could also be useful to students of South Asian history. The list is admittedly somewhat serendipitous in nature and reflects his own curiosity about India's history. It is a work in progress. David will be adding references to the site on a regular basis to reflect both recent scholarship and older works.

South Asia History Bibliography

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