Vancouver Maritime Museum & South Asian Studies Institute presents


A fun community day at the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

Embark on a journey of exploration and education at this family-friendly OPEN HOUSE presented by the Vancouver Maritime Museum and the South Asian Studies Institute.

Engage in a variety of activities such as solving puzzles, creating crafts, colouring captivating scenes, listening to enchanting storytelling sessions, and exploring fascinating archival displays.

We’re delighted to welcome My Name is Saajin Singh author Kuljinder Kaur Brar to the event for a special read-through of her book.

We’ll also welcome a dance performance from the Royal Academy of Punjab where visitors can learn some dance moves too!

Delve into the intriguing world of maritime history and South Asian heritage as you participate in interactive experiences that are both entertaining and enlightening.

Whether you’re a curious child or a history-loving adult, this free event offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Ticket Info 

This is a free event, and no ticket is required. Please arrive at the museum and consider making a suggested donation of $5.

Date & Time
Mar. 09, 2024, 11:00am – 3:00pm.

Venue Location
Vancouver Maritime Museum
1905 Ogden Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1A3

Age Guide
This is a family event suitable for all ages

About South Asian Studies Institute (SASI)

The South Asian Studies Institute (the Institute) at the University of the Fraser Valley brings together South Asia scholars and students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to create a nexus point for programs and activities that support our vision. The Institute fosters inter-disciplinary scholarly research, community and public engagement on issues related to South Asia and the Canadian South Asian Diaspora.  

The Institute initiates, directs and implements the development, maintenance and enhancement of scholarship, research and engagement in collaboration with faculty, students and community. The Institute takes direction from UFV’s strategic goals to be a leader of social, cultural, economic and environmentally responsible development in the Fraser Valley 

The Institute is a repository of the pioneering history of the Canadian South Asian Diaspora. We also undertake much needed contemporary research that benefits members of the community, government, organizations and agencies as well as the many facets of academia. 

The Institute is also a gateway for individuals, organizations and agencies in BC who seek to do business with India and who want to understand the relationships and opportunities between our two countries. This work is undertaken by the BC Regional Innovation Chair on Canada-India Partnership Development. 

About South Asian Canadian Digital Archive (SACDA)

The South Asian Canadian Digital Archive (SACDA), an initiative of the South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley, is a pan-Canadian digital archive that documents the history and heritage of the South Asian diaspora in Canada. SACDA partners with memory institutions, individuals, families, and organizations to digitize, describe, and provide online public access to heritage materials created by, or relevant to, the South Asian Canadian diaspora. 

About Kuljinder Kaur Brar

Kuljinder is passionate about diverse representation in books and education. She is currently an elementary school teacher in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Kuljinder has a BA in General Studies with a minor in English and business, a Bachelor of Education and a Master’s in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia. 

 Kuljinder was born and raised in Surrey, British Columbia and currently lives on a farm in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She is the daughter of Sikh immigrants from Punjab, India. Kuljinder is the middle child and grew up with two brothers. She enjoys going on nature walks, playing video/board games with loved ones and eating cheese pizza with extra pineapple topping. 

Kuljinder grew up reading stories with protagonists that she couldn’t connect with. They didn’t look like her or her family. When she began teaching in 2011, she tried looking for books that would represent the diverse backgrounds of all of her students. As the years passed, she was not very successful on her book hunt. 

Kuljinder always dreamed of writing children’s books, but somehow life always got in the way. After having her first child, Kuljinder was driven to change the lack of representation of Sikh protagonists in books. She wanted her children to grow up seeing themselves and their families in the stories they read. When the whole world shut down due to COVID-19, Kuljinder was finally able to focus on what she always dreamed of doing: writing children’s books.

About Royal Academy of Punjabi


In 2012, a group of dedicated arts and Punjabi culture enthusiasts created a professional bhangra organization. Royal Academy of Punjab continues to raise the platform of Punjabi Folk Arts through quality programming and events as well as collaborations with the broader community to create awareness and opportunities for fusion, exploration and connection.