Dedicated to Sikh Pioneers

Sikhs have had a long history with and in Canada. From being residents for over 125 years since 1888, to having the first Prime Minister of Canada, Sir John A. Macdonald just after the BNA act, calling for an “army of Sikhs” in 1867.

The first wave of Sikh settlers arrived in Canada in the early 1900’s. By 1908, the first Sikh Gurdwara (Place of Worship) was established in Vancouver. The Komagata Maru incident of 1914 still remains a very important historical anecdote in Canadian history as this was the first time Canada turned away migrants.  Sikh pioneers played an important role in Canada’s nation building, from working in the lumber mills, to logging, forestry and farming, they toiled the vast land of Canada. Sikh pioneers also worked on the railway and although not given equal rights as Canadian citizens, they also served for Canada in WWI.