Upon retiring from the army, some of these men found their pensions to be inadequate.Some of them also found their land and estates back home in India were utilized by money lenders.Kassam and fellow contributor to the book Meharoona Ghani will be participating in a reading and signing of The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth as part of the Word Vancouver festival on Thursday, Sept. Indo-Canadians or Indian Canadians are Canadian citizens whose heritage is fully or partially Indian Subcontinent (including Indian and other origins), children of persons who immigrated from India and/or Indian Subcontinent to Canada, or persons of Indian/Indian Subcontinent origin who have Canadian citizenship.She moved to Canada in the 1980s and says that living in Vancouver, and being exposed to so many different people and ideas, stretched her identity in ways she hadn't imagined.It's something she explores in her personal essay."As a Muslim, as a Canadian, as a woman — my identity is fluid still and it gets larger with my interactions," Kassam said.(Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images) " data-medium-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/preschool.jpg?quality=70&strip=all&w=300" data-large-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/preschool.jpg? quality=70&strip=all&w=720" / Logan Boulet – Humboldt bus crash victim " data-medium-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/logan-boulet-web.jpg?
There may have been encounters between South Asians and First Nations peoples in the sixteenth century along the Atlantic coast of present-day Canada.
Some of the most influential interactions she had, she said, came from studying Kundalini yoga, attending Simon Fraser University and dating a Canadian Christian."If I had stayed in Kenya and married an Ismaili man I would have had, maybe, a more stable life but not an expanded life," she said.
Being open to life-changing influences as an immigrant in a new country is important, Kassam said, but so is not forgetting your roots."I felt that I had to be rooted in my own identity to have confidence navigating in a life [here]," she said.
The first definitive encounters between the First Nations and other aboriginal peoples of present-day Canada and South Asia, began in the eighteenth century, when British traders engaged in the fur trade arrived along the Pacific coast of Northwest America.
These encounters involved the arrival of Lascars on ships from Bombay, Calcutta and Macau.