Preserving a community’s origin stories

A first-of-its-kind project is working to document the history of South Asian settlers in BC and the contributions they've made to their communities.

The origin stories of Abbotsford’s historic Gur Sikh Gurdwara and BC’s other South Asian places of worship aren’t documented. Local scholars want to change that.

The idea to collect, preserve, and showcase the contributions of South Asians settlers had been on the minds of members of the University of the Fraser Valley’s South Asian Studies Institute (SASI) for years.

But it was a daunting task. Where to begin? What material to include? How to present it?

Nothing of the sort had been done before.

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