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
Narine Dat Sookram cops Canadian immigration award
Canadian citizen Narine Dat Sookram has been named among the 25 top immigrants
to Canada at the fifth annual 2013
Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards, presented by Canadian Immigrant Magazine. The
awards celebrate the inspiring stories and achievements of immigrants to
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
awards programme is also supported by the Toronto Star, Metro, Sing Tao, CBC
Toronto and South Asian Focus.
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.”
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.
Chevrolet, we are proud to celebrate these remarkable individuals and their
ability to inspire others to reach for their dreams.”
has received numerous awards, including
Hero in the home award recipient,
Waterloo Wellington Diversity
Champion Award, 2014
Sage Award Winner, 2014
TIAW World of Difference 100 Award
Mohawk College Alumni of
Distinction Award Recipient, 2012
Multicultural Award Recipient
(Guelph and District), 2013
Peer Tutor Recognition, 2013
10 Ideas to Change Waterloo
RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant
Ontario Volunteer service Award – 20 Years of Service, 2013
Governor General’s Caring Canadian
Famous People of Guyanese Heritage
13) The Canadian Encyclopedia Inclusion, 2013
14) Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient, 2013
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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