Series F-251-3 - Community activism records

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Community activism records

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  • 1968 - 2008 (Creation)

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4.12 m of textual records

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(9 November 1934 - 16 March 2010)

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Series consists of records arising from Hari Sharma's community activism work that includes helping to mobilize people toward the formation of the Indian People's Association of North America (IPANA) through his leadership, writings, and talks; systematically addressing racism in British Columbia through his committee work with the British Columbia Organization to Fight Racism (BCOFR); standing in solidarity with Indo-Canadian farmworkers in the Fraser Valley and members of IPANA in the formation of the Canadian Farmworkers Union; uniting IPANA with other groups in the community to form the Komagata Maru Historical Society with the impending 75th anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident in 1989; playing a leadership role in the creation of Non-Resident Indians for Secularism and Democracy (NRISAD) when IPANA faded away, and then helping NRISAD expand its focus to the entire South Asian region as it evolved into the South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD); building relationships with members of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation in south-central B.C. as co-chair of the SCES/SFU partnership; and defending human rights and social justice, often providing expert witness testimony in immigration and Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) claim cases within the South Asian community. Series includes the organizational records of BCOFR, IPANA, and NRISAD-SANSAD; interviews, transcripts, case files, notes, and correspondence.

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The arrangement was provided by the archivist and based on the names of organizations documented in the records. Files are arranged chronologically.

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As stipulated by Archives policy, some files may be restricted or have a pending review access status due to the following:
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Cultural sensitivity of First Nations material.
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