In the early 1960s, only a handful of Indo-Canadians lived in Saskatoon. With the change in Canadian immigration policy in about 1964, those numbers began to grow. At first, Indian families met socially in private homes, but as their numbers increased, they soon felt the need for an organization to handle their social and cultural needs.
ICCA was born as India Club in the fall of 1965. It was founded by four professors of University of Saskatchewan namely, Dr. N. Bakshi, Dr. A. Chakravarti, Dr. K. Lal and Dr. R. Manohar. The club used to meet once a month. The purpose of the club was to keep alive the Indian tradition and to be helpful to people of Indian decent in Saskatoon. India Club soon felt the need to expand its horizons. It was under the presidency of Dr. Vaidya (1967) India Club's name was changed to India-Canada Cultural Association (ICCA). Along with the name change, the organization broadened its mandate to include the need to preserve and promote Indian culture not only within the Indo-Canadian community, but also to share this culture with the wider community, and also developed a written constitution. In 1976, the organization became a registered charitable corporation to facilitate this new role.
In 1985, ICCA made the first major revision of its bylaws to both clarify them and to accommodate its new community role as a participant in Folkfest, an event which it saw as a major educational avenue through which to showcase Indian culture.
From its inception and to this day, India-Canada Cultural Association remains a secular agency staffed solely with volunteers and will not knowingly promote the interests of one Indian cultural group at the expense of another. In accord with its mandate, ICCA hosts touring music and dance programmes open to the public, and upon request, the organization continues to provide cultural and educational presentations to community groups both in Saskatoon and in surrounding communities. Additionally, ICCA assists in the Meewassin Valley cleanup campaign and periodically donates funds raised at banquets to local charities such as the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre. ICCA's wider mandate is also served by its two recent publications on the thought of Gandhi and on Indian food.
In the 1970s, ICCA produced both a radio programme broadcast from the University of Saskatchewan and a cable television programme broadcast from the former Telecable studios. It currently broadcasts a radio programme entitled 'Sangeetmala' from the downtown studios of CFCR-FM radio and its programmes are also carried on the internet.
In 2007, ICCA logo was designed by Mr. James Premkumar. The ICCA newsletter took its current form and was named 'Community InSight' and ICCA's website was revamped.
INDIA-CANADA CULTURAL ASSOCIATION
The Mandate of the India-Canada Cultural Association is to promote better understanding between persons of Indian Origin and Residents of Canada and to promote, develop and enrich the cultural and social life of the members of ICCA and community at large.
We strive to promote Indian culture and heritage among residents of Saskatoon and beyond.