A short documentary about trailblazing Punjabi men who travelled from India and settled in early 1900s Alberta, Canada.
Punjabi Pioneers of Alberta is a documentary that salutes the first men from India whose ambition, adventurous spirit, and sheer determination led them to settle in Alberta at the dawn of the twentieth century. Set in the prairies of Alberta that just joined Canada, the story of Sohan Singh Bhullar of Edmonton, Harmon Singh Hari of Calgary and others emerge. Their names are on public record but who are they? Their indomitable personalities, amidst all their adversities and sacrifices, forged life long friendships that spawned legacies. These trail blazers will not fall into the shadows of history because their family and friends live on to tell the tale.
Meet the highly acclaimed team behind Punjabi Pioneers of Alberta. Together they have the skills, determination, enthusiasm and artistic grit to get the job done.
Sohan Singh Bhullar's grand daughter. She can relay personal stories of him and how he was instrumental in assisting other immigrants to settle in Alberta.
Professor at Mount Royal University. Main areas of scholarly interest and/or expertise: Sikhs and Sikhism; Hinduism; South Asian religious diasporas (particularly in Canada); religion and violence; religion in the public sphere; religion and multiculturalism.
Accountant/DJ Grand Nephew of Sohan Singh Bhullar -may have interesting family stories to share
Sohan Singh Bhullar Park is an ornamental park in Millwoods at 8603 38 Avenue named after Sohan Singh Bhullar (1882- 1968), one of the early immigrants to Canada and Edmonton from India. His marriage with Effie Jones, an African Canadian from the U.S. in the early 1920s was unique for that time. Together they supported many South Asians immigrants and students in Edmonton in the 1950s and 1960s. credit: Edmonton Maps Heritage see website: http://www.edmontonmapsheritage.ca/location/sohan-singh-bhullar-park/
He pulled up stakes in 1909 and moved half a world away, from the Punjab province of India to the rolling foothills of Alberta. He attended the very first Calgary Stampede in 1912. He became the patriarch of one of the first Sikh families in Wild Rose Country. In a word, Harnam Singh Hari was an adventurer. credit website: https://ag.calgarystampede.com/upload/editor/File/2011_Hari%20Family(1).pdf