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Abbotsford News Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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We invite the Abbotsford & Mission communities to join us in celebration. Find information inside about our celebratory weekend, August 26th - 28th, and centennial events. In 1911, determined Sikh pioneers from India built this temple, or Gurdwara with lumber donated from the nearby sawmill where many of them worked. Blending traditional Sikh and western frontier designs, the temple included a langar hall and a prayer hall of worship. It also became a centre for the the social and political life of Indo Canadian immigrants. Today, this oldest surviving Gurdwara in North America reminds us of the immigrants experience of Sikhs in Canada, and continues to be a sacred symbol of their spirituality. Completely renovated and beautiďŹ ed, this National Historic Site is being honoured by the community.

John van Dongen, MLA Abbotsford South

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to the Sikh community on the centennial celebrations of the National Historic Site, Gur Sikh Temple, which is celebrating 100 years of pioneering spirit in 2011. Pioneer families persevered against great odds to build a community that is entrepreneurial, successful and involved today in all facets of Canadian living. A momentous year for a vibrant community.

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Abbotsford News Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Gur Sikh Temple

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Khalsa Diwan Society Mayor and council Dear Friends, The year 2011 marks an important historical year of commemoration for Canadians in general and for Sikhs in particular across Canada as they celebrate the preservation and significance of the historic heritage site of the Sikh gurdwara in Abbotsford. The City of Abbotsford, the University of the Fraser Valley, the Reach Gallery, and many other groups are actively co-operating with us in organizing commemorative functions throughout this year. The celebratory functions start with a proclamation by the city mayor on Jan. 10, 2011 wherein the year 2011 was declared the centennial year of this national heritage historic site and the contribution of the Sikh pioneers in the development of this city was duly recognized. Since then, each month a commemorative function has been organized by the partnering groups in furtherance of the centennial celebrations. On behalf of the Sikh congregation, we most cordially invite you to join us at a special function that is being organized in the historic gurdwara complex on Aug. 28, 2011. A three-day reading of the Sikh Holy Scriptures will conclude at 10 a.m. on Aug.

28 at which time the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C. M.P. will unveil a commemorative monument and bring greetings (to be confirmed). The Premier of B.C., the Honourable Christy Clark, and the mayor of Abbotsford George Peary have been invited to attend, as well as many other dignitaries, friends and supporters from B.C., Canada and beyond. Following the commemorative ceremony, the community will participate in a religious parade (nagar kirtan) from the temple to Rotary Stadium, in which you are also invited to take part. On Aug. 26, from 6-10 p.m., OMNI TV will be live on location at the historic temple and we invite you to attend the family focused festivities we have organized on the grounds of the gurdwara. We hope you will oblige us by your presence at all the functions and we invite you wholeheartedly to share in our community pride and celebrations.

Sincerely, Khalsa Diwan Society Abbotsford

We are honoured to be able to extend best wishes to the Khalsa Diwan Society as we celebrate the centennial of the Gur Sikh Temple in the city of Abbotsford. It is difficult for any of us to imagine the incredible sacrifices made by the Sikh pioneers who came to this city over 100 years ago. They immigrated to find work and to pursue opportunities in a strange new land called Canada. They laboured valiantly in the most challenging jobs in the Abbotsford Lumber Company mill and sent money back to the Punjab to their families who were left behind. These amazing men were buoyed by their unshakable faith. At the end of their long, physically challenging shifts, they carried the lumber for a new gurdwara on their backs to the site on South Fraser Way. There they lovingly fashioned their own place of worship.

The Gur Sikh Temple was opened in 1911 and still stands today as a beacon of Sikh industry and a symbol of our cherished right to worship. It was most fitting and appropriate for the Government of Canada to declare this building a national historic site. The restored structure is a symbol for our entire community of the spirit that makes the City of Abbotsford absolutely unique. We are proud to represent all of the citizens of our great city as we congratulate the Khalsa Diwan Society for their efforts to commemorate the noble legacy of our Sikh forefathers. We will never forget the brave men who had the courage and stamina to build this original centre of spiritual, social and political life for those who have followed.

Yours truly, George W. Peary Mayor

Congratulations on 100 years of heritage 1911 – 2011

GUR SIKH TEMPLE, ABBOTSFORD, BC National Historic Site A century ago, determined Sikh pioneers built the oldest surviving Gurdwara in North America, right here in the heart of Abbotsford. And by doing so, they laid the foundation for a vibrant Indo-Canadian community to grow and ourish. The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley is honoured to partner in centenary celebrations throughout the year, to commemorate the contributions of the Sikh community in the development of the Fraser Valley.

The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies at UFV and the BC Regional Innovation Chair in Canada-India Business and Economic Development wish to congratulate the Gur Sikh Temple.

For more information and a list of events, visit www.ufv.ca/cics/centennial


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Congratulations to the Sikh Community on 100 years of history & community to build a nation!

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Khalsa Diwan Society As the first Sikh establishment in British Columbia, the Khalsa Diwan Society is a key figure in the history of Sikh migration to B.C. At a time when newly migrated Sikh families needed a communal ground in order to share their collected experiences, and assist one another emotionally and financially, the society helped Sikhs build their community and lives in B.C. As the Khalsa Diwan Society refers to the corporate name given to the Sikh society, Gur Sikh Temple is the given name of the first Sikh temple established in Abbotsford. And since there would not have been any Sikh temples in B.C. without the Khalsa Diwan Society, it is important to understand its origins in order to understand the history of Sikh pioneers in the province. The Khalsa Diwan Society was first established on July 22, 1906, and officially registered on March 13, 1909 in Vancouver. In par with its official status as a formal society, a committee was also elected. As such, from 1907-1909, the first committee of the Khalsa Diwan Society of Vancouver was comprised of the following Sikh community figures:

President- Bhai Sewa Singh Vice president- Bhai Bhola Singh (Narinder Singh) Treasurer- Bhai Arjan Singh Member- Bhai Bhag Singh Member- Bhai Balwant Singh Member- Bhai Bhola Singh Between the process of its establishment in 1906, and its official registration in 1909, the first Sikh temple under the auspices of the Khalsa Diwan Society was built in 1908 at 1866 West 2nd Avenue. Following its construction, the Sikh Gurdwara was inaugurated on Jan. 19, 1908. Because the Khalsa Diwan Society and the Sikh Gurdwara’s were built for the well being and growth of the Sikh community, it was up to the Sikh community to raise the funds to build the Gurdwara. Following its first inauguration, the Khalsa Diwan Society continued to maintain its presence in Vancouver and spread to areas such as Abbotsford. And with the growth of the Khalsa Diwan Society into Abbotsford, followed the construction of the Gur Sikh Temple in 1911. – www.CanadianSikhHeritage.ca

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Abbotsford News Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Celebrating 100 years

The Gur Sikh Temple

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The history of the Gur Sikh Temple

The land on which the old Sikh temple stands was first registered by James Higginson of Abbotsford. The land was 32 acres and the southern boundary was on Yale Waggon Road, presently South Fraser Way. In 1908 the land was transferred to J.W. McCallum and John A. Peacock, both from Abbotsford, for $800, equalling $25 per acre. The new owners sold approximately one acre of the land, for an unknown price, to the Khalsa Diwan Society of Vancouver in 1910. The land was heavily covered in timber and had very little habitation. Tenders went out for the construction of the temple in 1911. J.O. Trethewey Senior, owner of the Abbotsford Lumber Company on Mill Lake, donated the lumber for construction, providing the best pieces from the sawmill. The temple was built by workmen of all ethnic groups and completed in the frontier style of architecture. The temple was officially opened to the public on Feb. 25, 1912 – a momentous day for the Sikh community. The Nishan Sahib (flag pole) in front of the temple was erected on November 16, 1918. This giant flag pole was approximately 70 feet high and was erected from one Douglas fir tree.

It proudly carried the Sikh flag, and on top of this flag pole was a red electric light. When Sikh travelers were coming to Abbotsford, they would use the red light as a guide and a beacon directing them to the temple. In 1957, with the widening of the Fraser Highway and the increasing traffic, the Department of Fraser Highway felt that the flag pole might pose a hazard as it was 40 years old and may not be structurally sound. However, in 1957 when the flag pole was cut down, it was found to be solid and not rotten at all. As no Land Title had been registered in respect of the lands of the Old Sikh Temple, the Khalsa Diwan Society issued a petition in 1927 for a Declaration of Title. The next year, the first Certificate of Indefeasible Title was issued to the Khalsa Diwan Society. The original title was held by the Khalsa Diwan Society of Vancouver and never re-deposited with the Land Title Office. A Provincial Certificate of Title was issued on October 24, 1967. In 1973, the Khalsa Diwan Society (Vancouver) issued a litigation against the Khalsa Diwan Society of Abbotsford in respect of the aforesaid lands. The new title to the lands of the old Sikh temple was finally registered on July 7, 1977 under the name of Khalsa Diwan Society of Abbotsford. – Nash N.S. Gill, Barrister & Solicitor

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The land on which Abbotsford’s Gur Sikh Temple sits has a long history.

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Abbotsford News Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Gur Sikh Temple

Celebrating 100 years

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A large-scale celebration for honouring the Sikh temple was held on April 1, 2007, as community members, community leaders, and politicians joined

the then premier of British Columbia, Gordon Campbell, in recognizing the Gur Sikh Temple as a national historic site of Canada. – CanadianSikh Heritage.ca

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I would like to congratulate the community and City of Abbotsford on this 100th year Anniversary of the Gur Sikh Temple. My family has been living in the Fraser Valley since 1923 and we have been part of the Gur Sikh Temple. We have had the honour of providing our service and being part of the Governing Board. It is my honour to welcome the broader community members to help celebrate on the 28th of August, 2011 - 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Gur Sikh Temple, located on South Fraser Way! WEB PHOTO

The Gur Sikh Temple in Abbotsford was declared a national historic site by the government of Canada on July 31, 2002.

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Celebrating 100 years

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33094 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, B.C. V2S 2A9 Ph: (604) 850-7338, Fax (604) 854-1165 Web: www.canadiansikhheritage.ca Email: kds@canadiansikhheritage.ca

On behalf of the Khalsa Diwan Society, we cordially invite you and your family to participate in the National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple’s Centennial Celebration Sikh Procession (Nagar Kirtan) to be held on August 28th, 2011. Ÿ The residents and the businesses in the area are informed that during the parade there may be street closures and traffic interruptions. Ÿ The management apologizes for any inconveniences. Ÿ Canadian Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper will unveil monument the commemorative Dignitary will unveil the commemorative monument and address the at audience at at 10:00am the Gur Sikh Temple and address the audience 10:00am the GuratSikh Temple (National Historic (National HistoricSite). Site). Ÿ The schedule of the procession and the route is as follows: - Procession start time: 10:30am from the Sikh Temple - Kirtan and speeches: 1:00pm - 5:30pm at the Abbotsford Exhibition Park (Rotary Stadium). Ÿ Arrangement have been made for parking, portable toilets, ambulance and police services. Map ofMap August 28th, 2011 of August 28th, Procession 2011 Procession Start 33089 Start 33089 South South FraserFraser Way Way Right on Gladwin Right on Gladwin Road Road on Maclure Left onLeft Maclure Road Road End Abbotsford Exhibition End Abbotsford Exhibition Park Park Entrance) (Maclure(Maclure Entrance)

For more information please contact: 1. City By-Law enforcement 604-864-5512 2. Kabal Singh Hundal, President Khalsa Diwan Society 604-825-1440 3. Bagi Brar, Vice President Khalsa Diwan Society 604-825-7161

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Three day prayer ceremony (Sri Akhand Path Sahib ji) commences at the Heritage Gurdwara .................................... 9:30 am National Historic Site, Khalsa Diwan Society, Abbotsford Family festival on the grounds of the Heritage Gurdwara ........ 6 - 9 pm OMNI Punjab Edition Newscast Live on Location .................. 9 - 10 pm

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Three day prayers concludes with Bhog Sri Akhand Path Sahib Prayer at National Historic Site ......................................... 9 am Canadian Dignitary to address the audience and unveil the Centennial Monument Ribbon cutting and Official Opening of the Sikh Heritage Museum by the Chief Guest ........................................ 10 am Khalsa Diwan Society, Abbotsford

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Abbotsford News Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Gur Sikh Temple

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Nagar Kirtan (Sikh Religious Parade) Commences from the Hisotric Site Temple down South Fraser Way to Gladwin to Maclure and concludes at the Rotary Stadium ....................... 11 am

Rotary Stadium Stage:

Speeches by representatives/dignitaries of different faiths and different institutions ......................................................................1 pm Festivities at the Stadium ..................................................... 1 - 5:30 pm

The Reach Gallery & Museum will be offering tours of the Sikh Heritage Museum

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Community kitchen open every day at the Khalsa Diwan Society Gurdwara For more information please contact: Kabal Singh Hundal (President Khalsa Diwan Society) - 604-825-1440 Bagi Brar (Vice President Khalsa Diwan Society) - 604-825-7161

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Hugh Ellis and staff offer their congratulations to the Khalsa Diwan Society of Abbotsford, BC on the centenary celebrations of the National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple. For 100 years this Gurdwara has stood as a beacon of hope for many Sikh families who settled in the Fraser Valley and beyond. We hope it will continue to inspire and give comfort to the next generations for whom this legacy is preciously restored.

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Abbotsford News Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Gur Sikh Temple

Celebrating 100 years

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Pioneer Paul Dhaliwal Original settler helped build the local Sikh community

Paul Singh Dhaliwal, who is in his 90s, came to Canada in 1932. He landed in Victoria before taking a small boat to Vancouver, where he waited for three days to receive a ride to Abbotsford to join his uncle. Visiting the Gur Sikh Temple was one of the first things Dhaliwal did upon his arrival in Abbotsford. According to Dhaliwal, the temple was very different then. The front portion of the Gurudwara was constructed first, followed by the back portion. The Nishan Sahib was a cedar tree pole. “It was really tall. There was an iron staircase which was attached with the Gurudwara. After the World War, in the 1940s, hydro suggested that the cedar pole might fall down, hence should be brought down, which was later accomplished,” said Dhaliwal. “I have always been associated with the Gur Sikh Temple. Even now I go to the Gurudwara,” he said. It took many years for the Indo Canadian communities to obtain the right to vote. It wasn’t until 1947 that the community received citizenship. Dhaliwal went back to India that year and got married, remaining in the country until 1949. He returned to the city of Mission in 1950. His six children were born there. He is now settled in Abbotsford.

According to Paul, life was very different during those times, and required more physical effort to sustain oneself. “I have struggled all my life. But especially in those days – all of them had to struggle very hard to sustain themselves,” said Dhaliwal. He worked for 10 cents an hour at a local saw mill and there was no help from the government, he said. He stressed the fact that life has now become very easy to live. “During those times, everyone knew each other in Abbotsford and Mission and were very fond of each other,” he added. Dhaliwal is proud at the progress of the community and his family. His kids studied in university and “did very well for themselves.” “I will like that the whole of Canada knows about this Gur Sikh Temple,” he said. “Everyone around the world should know, learn and be able to see through this Gur Sikh Temple, our history of success.” He believes that Waheguru (God) has been very kind to him and the Sikh community. The community should always listen to the Gurbani and respect one’s elders, he added. – www.CanadianSikhHeritage.ca

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Abbotsford News Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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Celebrating 100 years

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Embracing 100 years of history Anecia Gill has worked as a work experience student at the centre and continues to share her time and energy with the 100 year Pioneer History Project. Being an Indo-Canadian, I thought working with the Center would strengthen the understanding of my Indo-Canadian identity. A third generation Canadian, I have naturally become quite detached from any sense of heritage beyond perhaps Canadian history. Then last summer, while studying about my great-great grandfather who immigrated to Canada over a century ago, I realized my missing identity could be established in learning about these pioneers who bridge the gaps between my Canadian and Indian pieces. Through working at the Center I have suddenly become closer to my family, found a sense of belonging and a respect for my heritage. During my time with the CICS, I have focused on the record of the pioneer history. Since the early pioneers of the lower mainland consisted of only a handful of families, including mine, their history feels more like

my own family history. Being bullied during childhood, I had developed a deep resentment for anything ‘Indian’ as I came into adolescence. Yet after slowly discovering pioneer history, I learned about everything I should be proud of.

The struggle of Indian immigrants attempting to find a place for them in a new country is nothing short of heroic. Anecia Gill The struggle of Indian immigrants attempting to find a place for them in a new country is nothing short of heroic. The sheer amount of work they did is staggering. I learned that despite being paid less than the average worker, these pioneers still managed to send great portions of their pay

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cheques to their families in India. They also put an incredible effort to integrate into the mainstream Canadian communities. In fact, it was made an official order by early Gurdwaras that Indians should strictly wear Canadian clothing to show Canada that this was their new home. I was also proud to learn about pioneer efforts during the Great Depression. Indians refused to be a burden on the people of their new land. Collectively they decided not to attend any soup kitchen nor receive any charity at this time of economic disparity. Instead, they pooled their wealth and readily gave it to any struggling member of their community. By learning about my forefathers I found I was able to accept the Indian portion of my identity—a piece I could relate to. And by doing this, I feel I am acknowledging the sacrifices they made. I am excited to continue my volunteering there because with everything I learn and with every person I meet, I feel slightly more grounded and sure about who I am as a Canadian.

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We join our fellow citizens in congratulating the Khalsa Diwan Society of Abbotsford on the centenary of the National Historic Site Gur Sikh temple as we celebrate 100 years of heritage. The Gurdwara is a national symbol of the courage and perseverance of those Sikh pioneers who built this Gurdwara. It is a testament to the pride, vision and steadfastness of a pioneer community at the turn of the twentieth century, as they fought against many odds and much adversity.

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We join the community in celebrating and commemorating 100 years of heritage for the Sikh community in Abbotsford. The strength and courage of the pioneers at the turn of the last century has withstood the test of time. Today, we can all agree that the National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple is a true testament to their vision and dream to make Canada their home.

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