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It is #SikhHeritageMonth and this is the story of Sikhs gaining the vote!

The first Sikh immigrants to British Columbia were permitted to vote in civic elections. This right to vote would not last long as the province began to strip rights away from the Sikh people.

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In March 1907, BC Premier William Bowser introduced legislation to deny the provincial vote to any immigrant from India who was not of Anglo-Saxon descent.
Vancouver took the vote away from Sikhs the following month.
The Sikh people couldn't vote federally either.

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At the 1921 Imperial Conference in England, a resolution was passed to grant South Asians in the British Empire the right to vote.
Canada simply ignored the resolution.
Some MPs, like Samuel Jacobs, Canada's 1st Jewish MP, supported giving Sikhs the vote.

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It is #SikhHeritageMonth and this is the story of Hardial Singh Atwal, the first Sikh person born in Canada!

On Aug. 28, 1912, Hardial Singh Atwal was born to Balwant Singh and Kartar Kaur. His father Balwant had arrived in Canada in 1907. His mother arrived in 1912.

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Hardial's father was a freedom fighter in the Ghadar movement. He had gone back to India, then returned to Canada on the Komagata Maru in 1914.
He was arrested & sent back to India where he was put to death for political agitation against the British government.

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Hardial Singh returned to India in 1936 where he married Rattan Kaur on June 15, 1936
Since he was born in Canada, he could come back, but his new wife could not. He made repeated trips to India to see her & three of their children were born there in 1940, 1949 & 1951

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It is #SikhHeritageMonth and this is the story of Harnam Kaur!

Born in 1886 in present-day Pakistan, she married Bhag Singh who lived in a nearby village. Her husband came to Canada in 1906 where he protested the exclusionary immigration laws of Canada.

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In 1910, he came back to India to get Harnam Kaur and their two children, to take them to Canada.
Their goal with immigrating the entire family was to establish the rights of wives to join husbands in Canada.
This was easier said than done.


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To prevent immigration from India, the Canadian government required immigrants to make a continuous journey from their country to Canada.
When Harnam Kaur & her family attempted to enter San Francisco, then Seattle but they were sent back to Hong Kong by the Americans.

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It is #SikhHeritageMonth and this is the story of our Sikh First World War veterans!

Despite their low population in Canada at the time, and the fact they could not vote and were denied other rights, at least 10 Sikhs served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

Of the known ten who enlisted, eight served in the trenches of France and two were killed, and one died after returning to Canada.
There is little documentation of the Sikh soldiers who served Canada, but one that is well known is Buckam Singh.

Buckam Singh came to Canada in 1907. In 1915, he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was wounded twice in France & was treated by Dr. John McCrae.
Sadly, he contracted tuberculosis while in England and died in August 1919 in Kitchener.

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This thread is on the history of all 10 #Sikh Gurus.
The paintings of the gurus are from an album with @RCT, c1800 by unknown artist, all are similar looking. To start with, a painting of
#GuruNanak Dev Ji with the 9 subsequent Gurus. By Bhai Puran Singh,1885.
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1st Guru #GuruNanak ji was born on 20th October,1469 at #Talwandi (#NankanaSahib) and died at #Kartarpur, #Pakistan on 22nd Sept,1539. Lifetime guru, he attempted to bridge Hindu Muslim divide,was against cast system & Sati practice.
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Lehna was named the 2nd #Sikh Guru as #GuruAngad Dev Ji from 18th September 1539 to 16th April 1552.
He invented & introduced the #Gurmukhi script, expanded the Guru Ka Langar (free kitchen)& opened schools for child education.63 stanzas composed by him are in Granth Sahib.
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