South Asian Studies Institute


Projects (2017- onwards)

Canada 150

With funding awarded from the Canadian Government (Canada 150 Grant), the CICS has curated an exhibit in the National Historic Site, Gur Sikh Temple's Sikh Heritage Museum in Abbotsford BC. The site’s significance and power, according to CICS Director, Satwinder Kaur Bains, is “because it challenges ethnocentric narratives by highlighting Sikh community history as part of BC heritage.” The exhibit, entitled (Dis) Enfranchisement 1907-1947: The Forty-Year Struggle for the Vote investigates and presents the arduous struggle for the South Asian franchise and the right for equal recognition and citizenship with other Canadians. In addition to the story of the South Asian Franchise, the exhibit also pays homage to the stories of franchise for Chinese-Canadians, Japanese-Canadians and women of European descent.

Abbotsford Member of Parliament for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, Jati Sidhu speaks to the exhibit and its significance: “As a Canadian, I am proud of the freedoms we all enjoy in this great nation. As a Sikh, I am proud of those who came before me and who fought for their right to enjoy those freedoms. I have no doubt this exhibition will strike a powerful chord to all who have struggled for equality or stood up for the rights of others.”

 For more information, please contact Sharn at 604-851-6325 or

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.

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