Community Background in Canada
The Pukhtoon Community in Canada who immigrated from Pakistan mostly belongs to two provinces of Pakistan Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa and Baluchistan. They are settled all over Canada, but in the recent past majority of the immigrant families opt to reside Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Waterloo Region in Ontario, Montreal and Alberta.
Members of this community are educated, hardworking, peaceful and well-mannered with a very strong cultural and historical background. Children are intelligent and majority of youth are studying in universities. They want to integrate in to the Canadian society very quickly so that all their family members could become good Canadian citizens and contribute to the socioeconomic structure of this wonderful country. There is no acceptance for illicit in this community. Volunteering and helping each other is part of the culture and traditions of Pakhtoons
Geography & History of Pakhtoons
Geographically Pakhtoons inhabit in area of about 250,000 sq. mile between south Asia and central Asia. The population is about 50 million, occupies major portion of NWFP and part of Baluchistan in Pakistan and more than half of Afghanistan. This is the largest group of tribal people in the world. The history and interesting way of life attracted large number of scholars, historians, researchers and writers to search and write about the origin of these tribesmen. Pashtun, Pakhtun, Pakhtana, Pukhtana, Afghan and Pathan are different names ascribed to one group of people.
There may be no consensus on the origin of Pakhtoons but there is no dispute on the language pashtu or pukhtu they speak and code of ethics “Pukhtunwali”. The Pakhtoon society preserved its culture, ideology and identity by virtue of this unwritten laws spanning over more than four thousand years of Pakhtoons history. The basic principles of Pukhtunwali are hospitality, self-respect, freedom, justice, honor, compassion and forgiveness. Other pashtu words like (Nanawatay, Nang, Badal, Badraga, Jirga, Rogha and Hujra) referred to specific functions, keeping every person of Pakhtoon society with in the boundary of Pukhtunwali.