Canadian Sikhs Pay Tribute to Sant Teja Singh

CANADIAN Sikhs are learning more about one of the first Sikh scholars and activists to arrive in Canada through the launch of a new book on the life of Sant Teja Singh. A conference titled “The Legacy of Sikhs in Canada” dedicated to the saint, scholar, and global activist Sant Teja Singh took place on Saturday, July 9 at the Taj Park Convention Centre in Surrey.

As the next generation of young Sikhs establishes their roots in Canada we must not forget the struggle of the early Sikh pioneers of the early 1900s. One of the key figures in the struggle for Sikh and Indian rights in Canada was Sant Teja Singh. Professor Teja Singh was the first Sikh to enter Cambridge University with a turban and graduated from Harvard University. During his studies at Columbia University in the U.S., Sant Teja Singh was invited to Canada in 1908 and led the local Sikhs and the Indian community to win residency rights in Canada. At that time the Canadian government made plans to send the Sikhs and Indian immigrants to Honduras, a very poor country infested with yellow fever. Sant Teja Singh led a delegation to Ottawa to lobby against the act in the early 1900s and also wrote and registered the constitution of Khalsa Diwan Society in Canada.

Canadian Sikhs Pay Tribute to Sant Teja Singh

Canadian Sikhs Pay Tribute to Sant Teja Singh

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