Afghan Canadians

Afghan Canadians are Canadians with ancestry from Afghanistan. Their ethnic origin may come from any of the ethnic groups of Afghanistan. In the Canada 2016 Census about 83,995 Canadians were from Afghanistan.[1] Due to the political borders at earlier times, some of these Afghan immigrants may have been ethnic Pashtuns from British India (present-day Pakistan) or Afghanistan.

They are mostly concentrated in the southwestern region of Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area, with significant communities in Vancouver, Ottawa, and Montreal. Afghan Canadians are from various ethnic groups from Afghanistan and are able to fluently speak Dari, Pashto, Uzbek or Turkmen.

In the Canadian Census, Canadians with descent from Afghanistan are classified as being West Central Asian.[1]

Afghan Canadians
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Greater Toronto Area, Montreal, Vancouver
Canadian English, French, Persian, Pashto, Uzbek and other Afghan languages
Sunni Islam and Shia Islam

Notable individuals

  • Maryam Monsef - Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha; first Afghan-Canadian elected to Canada's House of Commons, current Minister of Status of Women
  • Qamargul Zakhel - Singer
  • Mr. Emal Zakhel- Award winning Artist and harmonium player
  • Salar Pashtoonyar - Afghan-Canadian filmmaker based in Toronto.
  • Hangama - singer
  • Vaheed Kaacemy - singer
  • Nelofer Pazira - filmmaker and author (Kandahar, Return to Kandahar, A Bed of Red Flowers: In Search of My Afghanistan)
  • Hangama Amiri - Artist
  • Fazila Amiri - Film Director
  • Kane Mahon - Actor
  • Waheed Soroor - singer
  • Sima Tarana - singer
  • Shah Wali - singer
  • Mozhdah Jamalzadah - singer
  • Hamid Zaher - writer and gay rights activist
  • Dr. Rahela Nayebzadah - author of Jeegareh Ma, PhD
  • Khalid Sarwar - Serial Entrepreneur, Animals Rights Activist, Afghan Blanket Collector
  • Dr. Hussain Ramoz - Human Rights Activist, Civil Society and political Activist
  • Parween Pazhwak - Persian Artist and Poet
  • Dr. Karim Qayumi - Physician, Surgeon, CEO of CanHealth International, PhD
  • Shahnaz Qayumi - Author, Child psychologist
  • Tarique Qayumi - Award winning Film Director, Films: Black kite, Targeting, The Best Friend

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Ethnic origin population". statcan. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 4 October 2018.

External links

Afghan New Zealanders

Afghan New Zealanders are New Zealanders whose ancestors came from Afghanistan or who were born in Afghanistan.

Asian Canadians

Asian Canadians are Canadians who can trace their ancestry back to the continent of Asia or Asian people. Canadians with Asian ancestry comprise the largest and fastest growing visible minority group in Canada, with roughly 17.7% of the Canadian population. Most Asian Canadians are concentrated in the urban areas of Southern Ontario, the Greater Vancouver area, Calgary, and other large Canadian cities.

Asian Canadians considered visible minorities may be classified as East Asian Canadian (e.g. Chinese Canadians, Korean Canadians, Japanese Canadians); South Asian Canadians (e.g. Bangladeshi Canadians, Indian Canadians, Pakistani Canadians, Sri Lankan Canadians); Southeast Asian Canadian (e.g. Filipino Canadians, Vietnamese Canadians); or West Asian Canadians (e.g. Iranian Canadians, Iraqi Canadians, Lebanese Canadians).

List of Canadians of Asian ancestry

This is a list of Canadians of Asian ancestry. Asian Canadians comprise the largest visible minority in Canada, at 11% of the Canadian population.

Rana FM

Rana FM was a Pashto language broadcast radio station operating from studios in an undisclosed location in Kingston, Ontario feeding transmitters in Kandahar and Kabul, Afghanistan.

Shafia family murders

The Shafia Family murders took place on June 30, 2009 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Shafia sisters Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, along with Rona Amir Mohammed, 50, (all Afghan origin) were found dead inside a car that was discovered underwater in front of the northernmost Kingston Mills lock of the Rideau Canal. Zainab, Sahar, and Geeti were daughters of Mohammad Shafia, 58 and his wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 41. The couple also had a son Hamed, 20, and three other children. Rona, who was herself infertile, was the first wife of Mohammad Shafia in their polygamous household.

On July 23, 2009, Mohammad, Tooba Yahya, and Hamed were arrested on charges of four counts of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder under the guise of honour killing. They were found guilty of all four counts by the jury in January 2012. The trial, which took place at the Frontenac County Court House, was believed to be the first in Canada conducted in four languages – English, French, Dari and Spanish.The trial garnered media attention in Canada for several months, and raised the debate over Canadian values, honour crimes, and violence among Muslim groups.

South Asian Canadians

South Asian Canadians are Canadians who were either born in or can trace their ancestry to South Asia, which includes nations such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and Maldives. The term South Asian Canadian is a subgroup of Asian Canadian and, according to Statistics Canada, can further be divided by nationality, such as Indo-Canadian, Bangladeshi Canadian and Pakistani Canadian. South Asians are the second largest pan-ethnic group in Canada after European-Canadians.

As of 2016, 1,963,330 Canadians had South Asian geographical origins, constituting 5.6% of the Canadian population and 32% of Canada's Asian Canadian population. This makes them the largest visible minority group in Canada comprising 25.6% of the visible minority population, followed by East Asian and Black Canadians respectively. The largest communities from South Asia are found in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. Metropolitan areas with large communities from South Asia include Toronto (995,125), Vancouver (291,005), Calgary (122,515), Montréal (90,815) and Edmonton (91,595).67% percent of South Asian-Canadians in Canada live in Metro Vancouver and Greater Toronto as of 2016; together they make up nearly 30% of the combined populations of the cities.

Canadian people
and society
List of
North America
See also

This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.