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Dr. Ambedkar International Symposium on Emancipation and
Equality Day 
Vancouver (Canada)

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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.  


Specific areas of focus for the Dr. Ambedkar Symposium on Emancipation (2023) will be:

  • Access, opportunities, and challenges for social and economic development of the youth, both in India and abroad.

  • Reflecting and building on strategies developed through prior conferences and research for taking the caravan forward and advancing political, economical, and social interests of marginalized communities.

  • Evaluating the role of Buddhism for emancipation and re-strategizing in context of the emerging realities.


The symposium will be on April 21 and 22, 2023. Various venues for the symposium are being explored. 


Dr.  B.R. Ambedkar Day of Equality to observe Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti will be on April 23 at Fraserview Banquet Hall in Vancouver, BC, Canada 

Dr. KP Singh, who was chairperson for International Dalit Conference of Vancouver in 2003, says he believes the Dr. Ambedkar Symposium on Emancipation (2023) will provide "excellent opportunity to rethink and strategize our approaches for the next twenty years."


"I think the symposium will be extremely dynamic and thought provoking. The structure of the symposium seems to be apt and pragmatic!", continued Singh.


Academic institutions, many of those who lead in delivering the Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Lecture in the Vancouver area, that have already confirmed their support for the symposium include:


  • Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University.

  • Center for India and South Asian Research at University of British Columbia.

  • Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation.

  • David Lam Center at Simon Fraser University.

  • The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society at University of British Columbia.



1. Legal, political, economical, gender perspectives and voices of youth to be included in all interactive discussions.


2. Registration is mandatory.  Registration fee is $200 and it may be waived under certain circumstances. All participants are responsible for their travel fare and accommodation requirements.


3. The preliminary outline is subject to be modified. Names of facilitators and panellists  will be added once finalized.


Code of Conduct:


All participants, presenters, organizers, associates are expected to be inclusive and respectful of diversity and diverse opinions. 



Team Section


Mr. Gian Singh, founding members, President & CEO of the Guru Nanak Institute of Global Studies

"The Guru Nanak Institute of Global Studies would also like to take this opportunity to express its support for the cause and the objectives of the Dr. Ambedkar International Symposium on Emanicipation and the Equality Day Celebrations".

Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's contributions to the Indian society and in particular to the upliftment of the marginalized communities, have been truly remarkable and continue to inspire generations around the world. His legacy continues to have a profound impact on the country, and it is important to acknowledge and celebrate his achievements."

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