The Sikhs next door — and across the border

by | Apr 21, 2023 | Religion

(FAVS News) — The sight of two turbaned soldiers on black stallions posed next to a wood-framed Canadian frontier-style building is a clear hint that Sikhs have a history in the Pacific Northwest.The soldier statues outside the Sikh Heritage Museum in Abbotsford, a Vancouver suburb, represent the first Sikhs to visit Western Canada, members of the British regiment in Hong Kong who traveled across the country in 1902 for the coronation of Edward VII.
Today there are about 800,000 Sikhs in Canada — the most of any country outside its birthplace of India — and April is celebrated as Sikh Heritage Month. The 250,000 Sikhs in British Columbia make the faith the province’s second largest religious group after Christians. 
Worldwide, the Sikh faith, which dates back to the early 16th century, is the fifth largest in the world, with some 26 million followers. 

In the United States, which has about 500,000 Sikhs, they are also concentrated mostly on the West coast, where Sikhs immigrated a century ago, often coming for jobs. They quickly moved into farming, mining and lumber industries in both countries. Manka Dhingra, an attorney based in Redmond, Washington, became th …

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