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Sikh, Settlement

The word Sikh means disciple, or one who is learning the higher truths of life. Most Sikh people have their origins in the province of Panjab. The word Panjab means the land of five rivers. It is located near Pakistan and India. Sikh people are people that believe in the teachings of Sikh Gurus and try to live by the teachings and beliefs of these Gurus.

The Sikh people have been in Canada since 1908. Many of the Sikh people that came to Canada did not intend to stay here for a long time. They just wanted to work and make money to take home. This attitude changed in 1947, when Sikhs were given the right to vote.

Most Sikhs who immigrated to Canada settled in larger cities such as Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton, although most Sikh immigrants settled in the provinces of Ontario or British Columbia. Most of the Sikhs who came to Canada came from India, but others came from places that included Hong Kong, Kenya or the United Kingdom.