VIDEO: Race and recreation tested at new We Are Hockey exhibit in Abbotsford

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The game of hockey is ready to be celebrated thru a unique lens later this month at Abbotsford’s Gur Sikh Temple. The South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley are imparting the We Are Hockey show off on the web site, with a gap launch on March 29. Organizers country that the exhibit has been curated to the mission the traveler to interrogate who the “we” is in Canadian hockey and the specific meanings of a completely non-public attachment to its iconic fame for Canadians across the united states of America. The show off has been created as a counter-narrative to Canadian ice hockey as a ‘whites handiest’ recreation. Curated on the stories of peoples of shade, it targets demanding situations the linear that means of hockey as Canada’s countrywide sport. According to SASI director Satwinder Bains, the exhibit capabilities artifacts, memorabilia, images and memories that have superb ancient breadth reflecting the often conflicted encumbered Canadian responses to gamers of color.

 

 

“These gamers have regularly been relegated to the margins in favor of famous expertise of hockey as a white man’s sport,” Bains stated. She delivered she hopes to look all kinds of hockey fans on the unfastened showcase. “I’m hoping humans come and develop their horizons and understand that is an iconic game but it has its darkish history as well and they understand our function is now not simply speaking approximately south Asians however of everybody of all backgrounds to discover a not unusual humanity and to carry at the fight in opposition to racism and discrimination,” she said. “Hockey is often celebratory, but there may be a dark underbelly that needs to be mentioned as nicely.” Items encompass a Manny Malhotra game-worn Vancouver Canucks jersey, a timeline and records of gamers of color in ice hockey, a center level installation for Hockey Night Punjabi, and lots more. The starting reception on March 29 consists of a Canucks Community Partnership, presenting a go-to by Fin and giveaways. Special guests encompass Harnarayan Singh and Randip Janda from Hockey Night in Canada’s Punjabi version. The event kicks off at five p.M. On March 29 and could run for approximately twelve months on the temple.

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