<!---PLEASE NOTE CANADIAN SIKHS ARE NOT AN ETHNIC GROUP, INFOBOX USED FOR DEMOGRAPHIC DATA--->Canadian Sikhs are the largest religious group among Indo-Canadians."". The Canadian Encyclopedia Sikhs in Canada. According to some accounts, in 2004, there were about 400,000 Sikhs, these reports are generally seen as inaccurate although this has not yet been proven. It is due to the various Sikh sacrifices and petitions that South Asian's in Canada were given full Canadian rights.
Sikhs have been in Canada since at least 1887. One of the first Sikh soldiers arrived in Canada following Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Sikhs were one of the few Asian immigrant communities who were loyal members of the British Empire. Greater entry restrictions were placed on prospective Sikh immigrants as compared to the Japanese and Chinese. While Canadian politicians, missionaries, unions and the press did not want Asian labour, British Columbia industrialists were short of labour and thus Sikhs were able to get an early foothold at the turn of the century in British Columbia. Of the nearly 5,000 East Indians in Canada by 1907, over 98% were Sikhs, mostly retired British army veterans. Sikh immigration to Canada was banned in 1908, and the population began to shrink. The Anti-Oriental Riots...... Read More