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Meet Charan Saggu
My name is Charan Saggu and I want to be your voice at City Hall for the new ward KARHIIO (pronounced GAR-EE-HE-O) previously part of ward 11 and 12.
I have been a resident of Southeast Edmonton for 31 years since immigrating with my family to Canada.
I have been able to take some of my success and offer my time and volunteer with causes that help the community and Edmonton at large :
I was a founding member of Indo-Canadian Liaison Committee of Edmonton which was part of the Police Chief’s Advisory Council to plan solutions to ongoing community issues, like drug use in youth, bullying in schools and other public places, General crime reducing programmes and creating safe neighbourhoods.
I am a successful businessman having run residential and commercial real estate brokerages and a mortgage brokerage. I am blessed to have been successful in a career where I get to help people with the most important purchases in their lives. I am proud to have helped Edmontonians achieve home ownership and prosper in our community, and help local entrepreneurs in obtaining commercial properties to run their successful businesses.
I have been happily married for 42 years and have four children and seven grandchildren. All of my children were raised in and attended local public schools in the KARHIIO ward.
Indigenous language of origins: Mohawk (Michel First Nation)
Name Meaning: A tall, beautiful forest in the Mohawk language. Michel Karhiio was the Chief of the Michel Band that was enfranchised in 1958.
As the fur trade continued its expansion westward, Iroquois men became frequent traders in the NorthWest and Hudson’s Bay Companies. These traders married Cree and Métis women along these settlements, and a distinct Band known as Michel First Nation was formed. Karhiio is a word of significant importance to the Michel First Nation; its literal translation is “tall beautiful forest.”
The Michel First Nation first settled in the Lac Ste Anne area where a treaty was signed in 1855. The band was involuntarily enfranchised in 1958 and nearly all members of the Michel First Nation lost their Indian Status. In 1985, amendments were made to the Indian Act, restoring the status of 750 Michel Band members, but its members continue to fight for status land recognition.
I was part of the organizing committee and played a key role to start the Sikh parade in Mill Woods in 1999, which has become one of the annual events the local community most looks forward to.
I have been privileged to serve in many community roles including as the President of the Sikh Temple in Mill Woods.
I have also volunteered with the Edmonton Police Community Watch program.