Asian Heritage Month – South Asian Canadian Labour History Project

On the occasion of Asian Heritage Month, UCTE wanted to take the time to let you know about a project we discovered in connection with South Asian Canadian Labour History in British Columbia. This partnership with the South Asian Studies Institute (University of the Fraser Valley) explores the long and complex relationship of immigrants to the labour movement. A $1.14 million contribution from the Province of British Columbia is enabling research into early exclusionary practices which recognize racism as a tool dividing workers, the tenacity and strength of the community. It is for this reason that UCTE is taking the time to highlight that the labour movement has benefited from strong South Asian leaders, activists and members.

This project has helped document the stories of past workers and activists in British Columbia who played a role in the evolution of social policy and its impact on the current and future formation of the province. Since 2004, this research has helped us remember those who have made a difference. Here is the result of one work which will help you better understand the journey of immigrants of South Asian origin:

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