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Dates: April 27, 2023

Venue: James Bay New Horizons

Time: 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: Map

Admission: Free for VHS Members, $5 for guests

Union Zindabad! South Asian Canadian Labour History in British Columbia

The Victoria Historical Society’s April Talk is with Donna Sakuta and John Henry: “Union Zindabad! South Asian Canadian Labour History in British Columbia” on Thursday, April 27, 2023, at 7:30 pm. The talk will take place at James Bay New Horizons, opening at 7:15 pm for refreshments and socializing. Event is free for Victoria Historical Society members, and $5 for guests.

The South Asian Canadian population in BC has a long and complex relationship with the labour movement. From early exclusionary practices to a recognition that racism is a tool of the boss to divide workers, the tenacity and strength of the community have always been forward-looking. As a result, the labour movement has benefited from strong South Asian leaders, activists and members. From the Portland Cement Company strike in 1906 to the lumber camps and beyond, South Asian labour has played a significant role in the history of Vancouver Island. Donna Sacuta, Executive Director of the BC Labour Heritage Centre, will be joined by Henry John, Archivist at the International Woodworkers of America (IWA) Archive in Lake Cowichan to discuss this groundbreaking work.

James Bay New Horizons

234 Menzies Street

Victoria, BC V8V 2G7

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