Coquitlam Heritage Centre, R.2017.004.003.

First Sikhs in Canada. Sikhs began arriving in Canada at the turn of the 20th century. Some came to Canada as part of the Hong Kong military contingent en route to Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee (1897) and the coronation of King Edward VII (1902), and returned to Canada to establish themselves in British Columbia. Over 5,000 South Asians, more than 90 percent of them Sikhs, came to British Columbia before their immigration was banned in 1908.