By Anu Sahota
When last we saw Darshan Singh Gill he had arrived from the Punjab to Victoria B.C. and was set to begin his job hunt. As I've described in previous posts, opportunities for visible minority immigrants at this time were usually limited to labour work in farms and the forest industry (the latter, for men folk only). Darshan arrived in Victoria only 12 years after Indo-Canadians were granted the franchise - not enough time, I'm sure, to meaningfully diminish long-standing social barriers and prejudices. Limited knowledge of English, as well as Canadian culture and pleasantries, would have further burdened Darshan's search.
As you can observe in this clip, Darshan darkens the doors of lumber yards and the like, though his handsome coat and coiff betray the hopes of a gentleman who would like to go much further. Fortunately, his new job (as we see in the clip) puts him in a union - a protection that would at least afford him a measure of job security and, importantly, a sense of community. Check this site on May 31 to see Darshan in his new working class ensemble.
You can view a list of significant dates in Canadian Sikh history at explorASIAN