In 1927, Bishan Kaur left her home in Punjab, India to join her husband, the lumber entrepreneur Mayo Singh, in Canada. They helped shape the community of Paldi as a welcoming and inclusive home to people of all backgrounds.
Women like Bishan immigrated to Canada during an era of uncertainty for Asian Canadians. In the face of anti-Asian sentiments and policies, the Mayo Lumber Company was established by Sikh lumbermen in 1917 and employed South Asian, Chinese, Japanese, and white Canadian workers. The workers and their families called Paldi home until the 1980s.
Today, the historic site of the Paldi gurdwara remains a symbol of this inclusive, multicultural community.
Bishan Kaur – Mannu Sandhu
Mayo Singh/End Narrator – Tarun Keram
Konme – Ashley Kobayashi
Directors – Hayley Gray and Anaïsa Visser
Director of Photography – Naim Sutherland
Editor – Jasleen Kaur
Composer – Bhaveek Makan (Skinny Local)
Written by – Hayley Gray and Anaïsa Visser
Producers – Elad Tzadok and Hayley Gray
Produced By Scopitone Films