Six new resources make up the South Asian Canadian Legacy Project
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Thursday, May 5, 2022
Good Morning Reader!
In the early days of elementary school I remember drawing a picture of what we wanted to do when we grew up. I drew a picture of a teacher—that, a firefighter, and a police officer were the only professions that came to mind. That’s all I saw around me at school. My parents, along with theirs, immigrated to BC and worked labour jobs in factories or mills. I didn’t know how to draw that. Last week, I got a text from my niece: “Tomorrow at school is career day… When I grow up I want to be a journalist like you! So what do you wear to work?” I was beaming. Today, the kids in my family get to see the adults in a variety of jobs and the skills required to do them. I may not have known what a journalist was back then, but when I did learn, it was all I wanted to be—and it was the paycheques from those factory jobs that helped me get here. —Joti Grewal, reporter

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The Gur Sikh Gurdwara in Abbotsford was built between 1910 and 1912 and designated a Canadian historic site in 2002. 📸 University of the Fraser Valley/South Asian Canadian Digital Archive
Settler origin stories

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 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.

Today, Joti writes about the launch of the South Asian Canadian Legacy Project, what the scholars hope to achieve, and the work that still remains.

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Need to Know
🚑 An inmate at Kent Institution was stabbed as many as 40 times by multiple assailants [The Province]

Kent has confirmed the location and name of the community’s new aquatic centre [Agassiz-Harrison Observer]

🏒 The Abbotsford Canucks have been eliminated from the AHL playoffs [Canucks Army]

❤️‍🩹 Online fundraisers have been set up for residents of an Abbotsford apartment fire [Abbotsford News]

🏎 An Abbotsford driver’s car was impounded after they were clocked going 138 km/h in a 50 km/h zone [Abbotsford Police/Facebook]

👶🏻 Renderings show what a new daycare in Mission may look like [Mission Record]

😷 COVID: Wastewater data suggests the recent wave of COVID may have peaked in Langley [Langley Advance Times]

☺ TODAY’S SMILE: Rain really does have a smell, and heres why [Tacoma News Tribune]

Construction on the first phase of Mission’s 7th Avenue Greenway will begin later this year. 📸 City of Mission
The Agenda
Following multiple rounds of engagement with the public, construction is slated to begin on one of Mission’s most notorious roads. The 7th Avenue greenway, a 6.5 kilometre public route that will run from Grand Street to Fraser River Heritage Park, was approved by Mission council in December to help make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians in the city. Last year, The Current reported how 7th Avenue was the most dangerous local road in the valley for pedestrians. Design plans will now see a separate two-way bike path and sidewalk protected from vehicles installed on the street. The first phase of construction from Grand Street to Heritage Park will begin later this year.

Nearly 150 new licensed child care spaces are coming to Langley. The provincial government has committed to fund those spaces at two Langley child care centres. The spaces will be located at Cookie Monster Preschool and Douglas Recreation Centre, the latter of which is being renovated.

Another 24 people have died due to toxic drugs in the Fraser Valley. Seven people perished in Abbotsford, and four people died in both Langley and Chilliwack. The remaining nine deaths were in the communities of Mission, Agassiz, Harrison, and Hope. Over the first three months, as many people died from overdoses in Mission as in Langley, which has three times as many people. Across the valley, 68 people died due to drug overdoses in the first three months of 2022. In 2021, 230 Fraser Valley residents died because of drugs—or roughly 19 people each month.

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Around Town
❤️ Its Red Dress Day, a national day of awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. The Lower Fraser Valley Aboriginal Society is hosting a Stolen Sisters Memorial Walk at 12pm, and a local Indigenous artist has created a T-shirt with proceeds benefiting the Native Womens Association of Canada.

💻 Interested in a career in human resources management? UFV Continuing Education is hosting a virtual information session next week. Learn more and register here.*
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