Anglo-Indians in Canada
The origin of the Anglo-Indian community dates back to the 17th Century, in India. Inter-marriage at that time between native Indians and Europeans (mainly English) was encouraged and the off spring were described at various times as “Indian Born”, “Eurasian” and finally in the early part of the 20th Century as "Anglo-Indian".
With job prospects diminishing post India’s Independence from the British in 1947, large numbers of Anglo-Indians emigrated to foreign countries. Today Anglo-Indians still have a sizeable presence in India, along with large expatriate communities in countries such as the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and USA. They have tended to integrate easily into the societies in which they now live, but they are still distinguishable by their unique culture, Christian faith, their exuberant social life and the spicy food they enjoy.
The first wave of Anglo-Indian immigrants to Canada arrived in the early 1960’s. Early community gatherings centered round sports (field hockey) and this evolved to informal social events. Much of the community activities from the 1980’s through the 1990’s were coordinated under the auspices of the Anglo Indians In Touch (AIIT) newsletter committee. The current Anglo Indian Association of Canada (A-IAC), was created in 1996 and is a federally incorporated (Not For Profit) Association comprised of members.
The Purpose of the A-IAC can be stated simply as:
- To promote the Anglo-Indian community across Canada.
- Provide social, recreational, cultural and related activities for the benefit of members.
- Raise and donate funds as appropriate to registered charitable organizations, for the benefit of Anglo-Indians in Canada and in India.