Commemorative Projects: The Uganda Collection

August 4th 2022 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Asian expulsion from Uganda, leading to the forced displacement of thousands of Ugandan Asian refugees around the world. Since 2012, a team of archivists and researchers at Carleton University have been documenting this important moment in immigration history through the acquisition of archival material and the recording of personal recollections of the expulsion. The result is the Uganda Collection, an extensive collection of materials related to the displacement and resettlement of Ugandan Asians.

In the months to come, staff in the Archives & Special Collections department of Carleton University’s MacOdrum Library will be continuing this effort to expand the materials that currently comprise the Uganda Collection.

Additionally, projects and events that will commemorate the expulsion are being developed, including an academic conference focused on the expulsion and integration of Ugandan Asian refugees in Canada.The two day academic conference titled Beyond Resettlement: Exploring the History of the Ugandan Asian Community in Exile will be held in November of 2022. The conference will explore the historical context of the expulsion, Canada’s response and reception of refugees, and the lived experiences of refugees in Canada will yield several lessons on pathways to integration. It will also feature live exhibits from the Uganda Collection, a roundtable discussion from refugee novelists, and a documentary screening commemorating the 50th anniversary. More details and registration details will be released in late 2021.

We would like to extend an invitation to anyone who may be interested in donating material, participating in an oral history interview, or otherwise collaborating with Archives & Special Collections to get in touch. Similarly, we are also interested in hearing from other organizations and community groups who are commemorating the expulsion in 2022 and are looking to archive their material, or are seeking to incorporate archival content in their events.

Ugandan Asian Oral History Project

Archives & Special Collections, MacOdrum Library is collecting material related to the expulsion of Asians from Uganda in 1972. As a part of this project, we are seeking to record the experiences and memories of individuals who experienced the Ugandan Asian expulsion through oral history interviews.

For more information on the study and how to participate, please see:

carleton.ca/uganda-collection/participate

Archival donations

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Archives & Special Collections is not currently able to accept the material physically. However, we will work with all potential donors to help identify material and schedule the donation of the material at a later date when the Library is open for donations.

Items of interest for the archive include:

  • Personal photographs
    • Uganda c. 1960-1970s
    • Early life in Canada
  • Documents
    • Correspondence
    • Unpublished writings (diaries, written recollections)
    • Records and ephemera related to immigration and resettlement
    • Resettlement aid: documentation from resettlement agencies, community groups, or sponsor families

Have material you may be interested in donating or looking for guidance? Please contact asc@library.carleton.ca to discuss a potential donation.

Connect with us

Interested in collaborating with us? Have a commemoration project related to the Ugandan Asian expulsion that you’d like to let us know about?

Please contact:

Heather LeRoux
Archives & Special Collections Coordinator
MacOdrum Library
heather.leroux@carleton.ca