South Asian Canadians

What is Some FAQs answered! is a local Edmonton based website that will bring local news, culture, restaurant reviews, event listings and the best of the city with special focus on South Asians living commonly known as Desi’s in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

We have made a soft launch in March 2019, and are working towards a complete launch in Summer of 2020. Our Aim is to be the connection between Canadians of South Asian origin and other communities. Our stories will mostly focus on South Asians but we are all about celebrating our beautiful lives, events, cultures here in the beautiful city of Edmonton (YEG).

We have a dedicated column (calendar) for South Asian events in Edmonton or we can call them our YEGDESI Calendar. It sorts all the Desi Events in Edmonton in a minuscule fashion.

Some of the categories in the YEGDESI Calendar are: Punjabi Events in Edmonton, Sikh events in Edmonton, Hindu events in Edmonton, Pakistani events in Edmonton, Bangladeshi events in Edmonton, Sri Lankan events in Edmonton, Nepalese events in Edmonton,

#Edmonton #Desi #Indian #Pakistani #SriLankan #Nepalese #Bangladeshi #Punjabi #Sikh #Hindu #Vaisakhi #SouthAsian #Brown What is yegdesi?
Celebrating South Asians in Edmonton, Canada-

Here’s Some Common FAQs we get asked when met in person, on social media or in general.

What Does DESI mean?

So our friend Anand has done some work for us in 2005 by putting a definition for a Desi on UrbanDictionary. The word “Desi” is derived from Sanskrit. Means “one from our country”; a national opposed to a foreign. It Usually refers to people from India, Pakistan, & Bangladesh. 

For Indians/Pakistanis/Bengalis abroad, it has become a term that mainly identifies another fellow Indian/Pakistani/Bengali. Yo, that guy must be desi, he’s brown and he’s speaking Punjabi!

The word “Desi” is derived from Sanskrit. Means “one from our country”; a national opposed to a foreign. It Usually refers to people from India, Pakistan, & Bangladesh. 

by Anand March 26, 2005 (Urban Dictionary)

What Does YEG mean?

Just like our friend Anand, our other friend Disbandment helped us define YEG in 2015 (pun intended), YEG is the airport code of the Edmonton International Airport. Just like Calgary is YYC, Vancouver is YVR and so on.

A term referring to the city of Edmonton, Canada. Originated from the airport code yeg. Frequently used on Twitter.

by Disbandment April 28, 2015 (Urban Dictionary)


Therefore, essential YEGDESI is being referred to as Edmonton Desi’s or Edmonton South Asians, or South Asians in Edmonton, or Punjabis in Edmonton, Indians in Edmonton, Pakistanis in Edmonton, Sikhs in Edmonton, Hindus in Edmonton like a “millions in Edmonton”.

How can we help!

If you are a business, a professional or an event organizer, we would love to be your advertising and marketing partner and cover you as part of some of our unique YegDesi web and print properties.

Please give us a call at 780 222 0874. or email on [email protected]

Write for Us

Who can contribute?

  • You are living away from your birth country or are second-third generation immigrant?
  • Have experiences to share and Love to express your ideas?
  • Want to help other people through your experiences?

Word limit

Min: 700 words  Max: 3,000

Republishing guidelines

Once the article is published on this website, the contributor may share it through any social, email or any other medium. Re-publishing the article on other online blogs/websites is prohibited and this right is reserved by YEG Desi.

email: [email protected] with your articles /ideas or yegdesi
Content curation of South Asians in Edmonton,

Content Curation and Resource Centre for South Asians in Canada

It pains our souls when we see the amount of print media (posters, newspapers, magazine with the kind of information and history about our South Asian existence in Canada is thrown in dumpsters, recycling because it has been read by the current generation so one of the other things we are really passionate about is Content Curation, we want to be the Wikipedia of South Asians in Canada. While you are here, enjoy some of the curated articles:

List of South Asian Origin MPs in Canada

List of South Asian Origin MLAs in Canada

List of Desi Media in Edmonton

List of All Gurdwara’s in Edmonton on Social Media