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Saturday, 22 July 2006

Map of Immigration

Indo Caribbeans are a community of about 200,000 people in Canada who have come from India to the Caribbean since 1838, and made a second migration to Canada starting over 100 years ago in 1908.

We are part of a wider community of close to a million Indo-Caribbeans who have made second migrations from 12 Caribbean countries where we first migrated starting in 1838, and just over a million Indo-Caribbeans who remain in those 12 countries.

We seek to preserve our culture and heritage that is notably different from that of the the other South Asians in Canada.  But we acknowledge always that our destiny is to make closer ties with other South Asians in order to make a better life for us all. We must also keep close contacts with other second migration Indo-Caribbeans, especially the 400,000 plus now living in the United States.

This community web site aims to provide  fellow Indo Caribbeans,  other Canadians and any interested persons with all  they need to know about the Indo Caribbean presence in Canada.

We welcome contributions of  documents, articles, photographs, opinions, and links to internet sites of interest to Indo-Caribbeans.


Contact: Ram Jagessar at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or 416-289-9088



Narine Dat Sookram cops Canadian immigration award

Guyanese-born Canadian citizen Narine Dat Sookram has been named among the 25 top immigrants to Canada at the fifth annual 2013

RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards, presented by Canadian Immigrant Magazine. The awards celebrate the inspiring stories and achievements of immigrants to Canada.

Sookram is well-known in the Waterloo Region area as a social activist for his many years of providing assistance to newcomers to Canada, as well as for his longstanding cultural leadership within the Canadian-Caribbean community. Founder and president of Active Vision Charity Association, which provides books and school supplies to Guyanese youth and promotes the West Indian’s rich culture, Sookram said the secret to the immigration journey is all about balance.

“You really don’t want to give up your own personal rich cultural values, but rather you want to respect and adapt the Canadian culture and be as open as possible, because the more open you are, the more possibilities you are giving to yourself,” he said.

Bright future

A winner of the Waterloo Region 40 under 40 Award and Guelph 40 under 40 Award, Sookram feels that empowering youth, in particular, is the key to ensuring a bright future for any country. “Youth are the leaders of tomorrow and this is something we have to be conscious of. Youth, especially in today’s world, are full of fresh ideas and, as a social service worker, it is my obligation to empower them,” he said.

But he passes on his wisdom to newcomers of all ages, urging them to move out of their comfort zone and meet new people. “There are many resources available although sometimes they can be hidden. The key point is to know what you want and work toward it to achieve that goal through ongoing networking, keeping in mind that you will not be successful at every first try. Which is okay, because it gives you time to see what works and what does not work. The bottom line is we are in control of own lives and the choices we make will determine [our] failures and successes,” he signs off.

Meanwhile, NBA All-Star and philanthropist Steve Nash, dancer and choreographer Wen Wei Wang, physician and activist Izzeldin Abuelaish are also among the winners of the awards. “Winners are a diverse group, ranging from artists to philanthropists to entrepreneurs from a variety of ethnicities across the country,” said Margaret Jetelina, editor of Canadian Immigrant Magazine. “Each of these winners has an inspiring story about overcoming challenges and making their country a better place to live. We are proud to present our top 25 award to these very deserving recipients.” Over 600 nominations were received in just two months, from which 75 finalists were shortlisted by a panel of judges comprised of past winners and dignitaries.

More than 30,000 votes were cast online, the highest number received in the award’s history. The Top 25 winners will be honoured at awards ceremonies on June 20 in Toronto and on June 26 in Vancouver. The programme is proudly supported by title sponsor RBC Royal Bank and associate sponsor Chevrolet.

The awards programme is also supported by the Toronto Star, Metro, Sing Tao, CBC Toronto and South Asian Focus.

Valuable contribution

“These winners are role models, not just for new Canadians, but for all Canadians who will be inspired by the valuable contribution these individuals have made to their communities,” said Multicultural Markets, RBC Director Paul Sy. “These extraordinary individuals are living proof that anyone can make a difference and contribute to the rich fabric of Canadian life.”

The RBC Top 25 award winners will receive a commemorative plaque and a Cdn$500 donation towards a registered Canadian charity of their choice. “The Canadians recognised by the RBC Top 25 Immigrant Awards are passionate, innovative and resourceful,” said General Motors of Canada, Sales, Service and Marketing Vice President Marc Comeau.

“At Chevrolet, we are proud to celebrate these remarkable individuals and their ability to inspire others to reach for their dreams.”

Narine has received numerous awards, including


1)      Hero in the home award recipient, 2014


2)      Waterloo Wellington Diversity Champion Award, 2014


3)      Sage Award Winner, 2014


4)      TIAW World of Difference 100 Award Winner, 2013


5)      Mohawk College Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient, 2012


6)      Multicultural Award Recipient (Guelph and District), 2013


7)      Peer Tutor Recognition, 2013 (Mohawk College)


8)      10 Ideas to Change Waterloo Winner, 2014/2013


9)      RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Winner, 2013


10)  Ontario Volunteer service Award – 20 Years of Service, 2013


11)  Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, 2013


12)  Famous People of Guyanese Heritage Inclusion, 2013


13)  The Canadian Encyclopedia Inclusion, 2013


14)  Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient, 2013





Keisha Palmer


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 Some of the material included here is sourced from the Toronto based newspaper Indo-Caribbean Times, which can be accessed through the internet at  http://www.esnips.com/web/Indo-CaribbeanTimes?docsPage=2#files


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