About the South Asian Oral Histories in Peel Collection
The South Asian Oral Histories in Peel Project investigates the histories of South Asian residents of the Region of Peel in Ontario, Canada to tell the stories of people and migration, food and businesses, arts and entertainment that make Mississauga and Brampton vibrant and multicultural spaces. It began with a series of conversations at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) on how to foster ties between the university, its students, and the South Asian community that thrives in the Peel Region. With the support of the Department of Historical Studies, Centre for South Asian Civilizations, and the University of Toronto Mississauga Priorities Fund, the project was created in 2020 as a way to collect, document, study, and preserve oral histories of South Asians in Peel. In addition to the undergraduate student oral history interviewers, participants in the initial phase of the project in 2020-2021 were work study students Sameer Devalla and Sana Rizvi; teaching assistant Aaisha Salman; digital humanities research coordinator Kanishka Sikri; and professor Luther Obrock.
The collection consists of 14 oral history interviews with members of the South Asian diaspora residing within the Peel Region (Mississauga and Brampton) in Ontario, Canada. Interviews were conducted by students enrolled in the senior undergraduate course RLG360 Special Topics in South Asian Religions: South Asian Oral Histories in Peel offered at the University of Toronto Mississauga in the 2021 winter term at the height of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The recordings in the collection were donated by Kanishka Sikri (research coordinator) and Luther Obrock (research supervisor and course instructor), on behalf of those narrators and student interviewers who gave voluntary written consent for the interviews to be deposited at UTM Library for archival preservation.
The South Asian Oral Histories in Peel Project collection finding aid can be viewed in UofT Libraries’ shared archival catalogue Discover Archives or by downloading the PDF file finding aid.
Last updated October 29, 2021