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However, in a letter to the viceroy, The Earl of Minto, Sir Wilfred voiced a different opinion, stating that the Chinese were the least adaptable to Canadian ways, whereas Sikhs, which he mistakenly referred to as Hindus, were the most adaptable.

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The first Sikh pioneers came to the Abbotsford area in 1905 and originally worked on farms and in the lumber industry.Although most of the immigrants from South Asia at the time were Sikhs, local ignorance of Eastern religions led to them frequently being assumed to be Hindus.As with the large numbers of Japanese and Chinese workers already present in Canada, many white workers resented those immigrants, and directed their ill-will toward the Sikhs, who were easily recognized by their beards and turbans.Punjabis were accused of having a caste system, an idea that goes against the foundations of Sikhism.After a property was acquired, the settlers carried lumber from a local mill on their backs up a hill to construct a gurdwara.

William Lyon Mackenzie King (not yet the Canadian Prime Minister) visited London and Calcutta to express the Canadian view of Indian immigration.Sikhs found employment in laying the tracks of the Canadian Pacific Railway, in lumber mills and mines.Though they earned less than white workers, they made enough money to send some of it to India and make it possible for their relatives to immigrate to Canada.However, the Canadian Government did not prevent the use of the illegal scare tactics being used to monitor immigration and prevent Sikhs from seeking employment, and this soon resulted in the cessation of all Indian immigration to Canada.The Canadian Prime Minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier claimed that Indians were unsuited to life in the Canadian climate.The Legislative Assembly of Ontario celebrates the month of April as Sikh Heritage Month.