The Punjabi Experience in British ColumbiaListen


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Sohan Singh Labh

Sohan Singh Labh was born in Victoria in 1931. His father came to Canada in 1906 and his mother, who was one of the first Punjabi women to come to Canada, arrived in 1922. Sohan Singh started working in a mill full time in 1956.

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Amarjit Singh Heer

Amarjit Singh Heer was born on March 13, 1952 in Kharhacharwar, Punjab, India. Amarjit Singh became a Canadian citizen soon after his arrival in 1975. He began working in the saw mills five months after he arrived in Canada.

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Mukand Singh Pallan

Mukand Singh Pallan was born in 1929 in the village of Jandiala, District Jalandhar, Punjab, India. He immigrated to Canada on March 1, 1947, when he was only seventeen years old. Mukand Singh’s father immigrated to Canada in 1906 and his brother arrived in 1926.

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Gurbakhsh Singh Narang

Gurbakhsh Singh Narang was born on August 11, 1931 in Sidney, BC. Although born in Canada, he grew up in India until the age of 18.

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Surjit Singh Tatla

Surjit Singh Tatla was born on May 25, 1944 in the village of Kaonke Kalan, Ludhiana, Punjab, India. Surjit Singh planned to come to Canada as he had seen many other men leaving India to find work. Soon after he arrived he began working in a mill where he would continue for another four years.

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Rajinder Singh Gill

Rajinder Singh Gill was born on August 28, 1950 in the village of Dhudike, District Faridkot, Punjab, India. He was 14 years old when he immigrated to Canada. Rajinder Singh only went to school for a short time, then he went to work in BC’s growing mill industry.

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