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Satwinder Bains

Satwinder Bains, M. Ed. BA

Senior Associate

Social, Cultural, & Media Studies

Abbotsford campus, F115

Phone: 604-854-4547

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Satwinder works as an instructor, researcher, community educator and consultant in the areas of Indo Canadian Studies.  Her current research interests include: migration and integration; cross-cultural education curriculum implementation; race and ethnicity; women’s rights and cultural politics; Diaspora studies, Sikhism and the politics of identity and cultural historiographies.

Satwinder has extensive years of professional work experience in community development and has worked extensively with not for profit organizations in the area of cross-cultural mental health, immigrant women, youth and families and board development on diversity and equity. diversity, cross cultural development, women’s rights and socio-religious interfaith dialogue She has served the community as a diversity educator, community developer and community activist in the field of race and anti-racism and immigrant settlement integration. She is a consummate community advocate and volunteer and has assisted numerous community organizations develop and grow. She continues to serve on numerous committees and organizations locally, nationally and internationally.

Satwinder is a longtime advocate of cross-cultural education. She has been a diversity educator, community developer and community activist in the areas of women’s rights, youth empowerment and immigrant settlement integration. Satwinder is an avid participant in community affairs both at the civic and provincial level. 


Director: Centre for Indo Canadian Studies

Director: UFV India

University Advisor: Canada-India Relations

Research Interests

Cross-cultural education curriculum implementation
Heritage language curriculum implementation
Migration and integration
Social development for immigrant women, youth and seniors
Gender and cultural politics
Diaspora Studies


Politics of identity


Peer Reviewed - Books and Journals

Bains, S. (In press 2014). Edited Book (Editor: Uttamkumar Panda, Hidayatullah National Law University): 'Gender Issues and Challenges in Twenty First Century'. Chapter: Gendered experiences of isolation in intimate partner violence (IPV) for South Asian immigrant women in Cana.  (Press to be determined).

Bains, S. Bhandar, D. Dhamoon, R. Miwani, R. (In press, 2014). (Co-Editors). Charting Imperial Itineraries: Unmooring the Komagata Maru. (Press to be determined).

Bains, S. Bhandar, D. Dhamoon, R. Miwani, R. (In press, 2014). Edited Book: Charting Imperial Itineraries: Unmooring the Komagata Maru. Chapter Resistance struggle: Facing lies, deception and racism(Press to be determined).

Bains, S. & Sandhra, S. (In Press 2014). MSA Museum Book: Abbotsford: from village to city; centres of innovation and excellence. ChapterSustaining echoes of the past - building a future100 years of Indo-Canadian history. Abbotsford, BC: MSA Museum

Bains, S. (In press 2014) Editor: e-book. Interpreting Ghadar: echoes of voices past Selected Papers: Ghadar Conference. Abbotsford, BC: Centre for Indo Canadian Studies, UFV.

Koehn, S., Jarvis, P., Sandhra, S., Bains, S., & Addison, M. (in press – August 2014). Promoting mental health of immigrant seniors in community. Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care.

Bains, S. & Price, J.  (July, 2014) The Extraordinary Story of the Komagata Maru: Commemorating the One Hundred Year Challenge to Canada’s Immigration Colour Bar The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 11, Issue 29, No. 1, July 21, 2014.

Bains, S. (2014). Living in Fear: Violence as a Societal ScourgeIn Jain, A. (Ed.).Violence Against Women All Pervading. Toronto:Elspeth Hayworth Center for Women.

Bains, S. (2013).  Editor: A Soldier Remembers: Memoir of Lt. Col. P.S. Jauhal. Sharanjit Sandhra with Col. Jauhal. Abbotsford BC: Centre for Indo Canadian Studies, UFV.

Sikh Formations: Book Review. (In Progress – January 2015)

Bains, S. (2013). When Old Becomes New and Telling in Re-told: Sikh Stories within Museum Walls. Ashley, S. (Ed.) Diverse Spaces: Examining Identity, Heritage and Community within Canadian Public Culture. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing p 170-187

Bains, S. (2013)South Asian Mothers with Special Needs Children. Sangha, J. & Gonsalves, T. (Eds.) South Asian Mothering: Negotiating Culture, Family and Selfhood. Bradford, ON: Demeter Press. P 101-110

Bains, S. (2013). Indo Canadian Diasporas and Scope for Harnessing Potentials. Ahmed, S. & Nanavati, A. (Eds.) India-Canada Trade and FDI Bilateral Flows: Performance, Prospects and Proactive Strategies". Baroda:  Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. P 19-30

Bains, S. (2013). Feminist Critique of Socio-religious Discourse. Understanding Sikhism: The Research Journal, Vol., 14. No. 1-2.  March 2013 p. 27 – 30

Bains, S. 2003. Canadian Literature #188. Review: Of Silk Saris and Min-Skirts: South Asian Girls Walk the Tightrope of Culture by Amita Handa. Toronto: Women’s Press.



Bains, S.2007. Indo Canadian Youth – Speak Up Consultation Report. Abbotsford, BC: CICS.

Bains, S.& Sangha, S2008. Child, Family and Community Services Act – Impact on South Asian Families. Province of BC: Social Policy Studies.

Bains, S. 2009. Indo Canadian Child Protection Issues: A consultative study. Abbotsford: BC Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Bains, S. 2009. Indo Canadian Seniors: Recreation and Services to Combat Isolation. Abbotsford: City of Abbotsford.

Jarvis, P., Koehn, S., Bains, S., Cheema, J., Goudiraan, D., & Addison, M. (2011). "Just scratching the surface": Mental health promotion for Punjabi seniors (forums)--final report. Vancouver, BC: Centre for Healthy Aging at Providence Health Care (CHAP). Available at: [10/12, 2011].

Bains, S. Evaluation Abbotsford Building Connections Project. Abbotsford BC. Dec 2013.

Bains, S. (2014). A national Historic Site of Canada – The Gur Sikh Temple, Abbotsford. In 1914-2014 Komagatamaru Centennial Souvenir. Vancouver BC:Komagata Maru Foundation.

Bains, S. 2014. Indo Canadians: No need to be hyphenated.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Bains, S. 2009. Canadian Parliament Response to Diaspora and National Security. Conference Proceedings Policy, People and Peace: Democratization of Foreign Policy and Participatory Democracy in Canada, India and Beyond. Jammu, India: University of Jammu, India.

Bains, S. 2010. Silent Voices: Race Making in Academic Corridors. Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference. Dept of Architecture. The University of Cambridge, UK.

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