Canadian Soldier Sikhs: A Little Story in a Big War
Canadian Soldier Sikhs tells the fascinating and unknown story of these Sikh immigrants who enlisted in the Canadian Army during the First World War. They volunteered to fight and die for a country during a time when it denied them even the basic rights of citizenship.
With archival photographs, video footage, military records, and present-day interviews with family members, this film looks at the soldiers’ journeys.
History records that thousands of Sikh soldiers from India fought in France during World War 1 and participated in many of the War’s major battles. But who knows that a handful of Sikhs also fought in WWI as part of the Canadian Army? At a time when Sikhs were actively prevented from immigrating to Canada and were denied Canadian citizenship, these men joined with other Canadians to fight in Europe. Of the ten Canadian soldier Sikhs so far identified, eight served in Canada, England, and France. Three were wounded in action and three died as a result of their wartime service.
A captivating story of 10 Sikh soldiers who enlisted to fight for Canada in the First World War. With archival photographs, video footage, military records, and present-day interviews with family members, the doc looks at the soldiers’ journey.