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Dr. Ambedkar International Symposium on Emancipation
Dr. Ambedkar International Symposium on Emancipation

Sat, Apr 22


Room #492, UBC Sauder School of Business

Dr. Ambedkar International Symposium on Emancipation

The symposium plans to provide a forum for thinkers to gather and reflect on the progress made and challenges experienced over the past twenty years since the International Dalit Conference was hosted in Vancouver in May 2003.  

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Time & Location

Apr 22, 2023, 8:00 a.m.

Room #492, UBC Sauder School of Business, 2053 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, Canada

About the event

Sessions will include:

  • 8 am - 8:45 am            

          Continental breakfast

  • 9 am - 10 am                

         Opening and introductory remarks

  • 10:15 am - 10:45 am  

          Dr. Ambedkar Manifesto and vision for the Amrit Kaal - panel members to be confirmed.

  • 10:45 am to 11 am

           Mr. Harmesh Sandhi of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha, Ontario, will gift Collected Works (Speeches and Writings) to Dr. Satwinder Bains, Director, South Asian Studies Institute at University of the Fraser Valley.

11:15 am -12:30 pm   "Caste in academic settings in Canada and other jurisdictions" will provide opportunities for students and faculty to share their experiences and suggestions on addressing Caste based discrimination in academic settings.  "Caste in Canada", a project co-led by Dr. Anne Murphy of UBC and Dr. Suraj Yengde will be introduced.

The session will be moderated by Dr. Priti Narayan, Director with Center for India and South Asia Research at University of British Columbia.  

Panel members will include:

  • Mr. Prem Pariyar, alumni, California State University, East Bay
  • Mr. Gurpreet Singh, Cambrian College
  • Ms. Simran Pachar, University of British Columbia
  • Mr. Manish Kumar, University of British Columbia Okanagan
  • Ms. Mitali Madhusamita, University of British Columbia
  • Ms. Vipasna Nangal, University of Calgary
  • Dr. Satwinder Bains, Director, South Asian Studies Institute, University of the Fraser Valley

Note:. This session will be tributed to Dr. Pamposh, Rohith Vemula, and others who experienced extreme caste-oppression in academic settings and lost their lives.

  • 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

          "Caste and entrepreneurship" - entrepreneurs will discuss how they are leveraging opportunities to enhance inclusion through entrepreneurship both in Canada and India.

Panel members will include:

Mr. Barjinder Bhatti, Fast Track Appliances; Mr. Manjit Kainth, Sterling Recruitment;  Mrs. Chanchal Mall, Mary Hotel;  Ashok Dass, Dalit Dastak; and, Prem Chumber, Ambedkar Times and Desh Doaba.

Moderator: Mrs. Punam Balley, World Financial Group.

  • 3:00 PM - 4:15 pm

          "Women and Youth Empowerment"- a panel discussion highlighting women and youth spearheading discussions on caste oppression and strategies moving forward.

Panel Members are:

  • Ms. Meera Estrada, Toronto-based journalist
  • Mrs. Manjit Bains, chair, Women Empowerment Committee of Chetna
  • Mrs. Leela Aheer, MLA 
  • Judge Neetu Badhan-Smith
  • Ms. Seema Mahi

Moderator: To be confirmed.

  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 pm

Dr. Rita Dhamoon of University of Victoria and her team of volunteers will present a summary report and draft resolutions, strategies, and actions.  

Moderator - To be confirmed

  • April 22: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Dinner reception (by registration only please) - CK Choi Building, UBC

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