- 2021 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
11.18 GB of digital video recordings (14 MP4 files)
Name of creator
The South Asian Oral Histories in Peel Project (saohpeel.ca) 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. These conversations became even more pressing as the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021 made many think about community with a new urgency as social distancing reminded people of the importance of social ties. 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.
The South Asian Oral Histories in Peel project is designed as a student-researched project wherein undergraduate and graduate students are linked to the wider Peel Region community through directly participating in and learning about the methods and importance of oral history. 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.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Interview recordings were created and submitted by student interviewers at the University of Toronto Mississauga as partial fulfillment of requirements for an undergraduate course. Collection is comprised only of those recordings for which voluntary written consent for archival deposit was obtained from both the interviewers and narrators. Recordings were donated on their behalf by Kanishka Sikri (project research coordinator) and Luther Obrock (project research supervisor and course instructor) at the conclusion of the course in 2021.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
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 during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Further accruals expected.
System of arrangement
Interviews are arranged in alphabetical order by name of narrator.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Conditions governing reproduction
University of Toronto Mississauga does not own copyright. Use for anything other than research and private study requires permission from the rights holder. See series-level description for the rights holder of individual interviews in the collection.
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