September was a busy month.
I started off in Manitoba, taking part in the Winnipeg Nagar Kirtan with our local team, educating the community on essential social services available to us and the role the Sikh Family Helpline plays in connecting those in need with service providers.
I then found myself on the road again with our legal counsel Balpreet Singh, spending a week in Ottawa meeting key stakeholders, politicians, and government officials to discuss a variety of issues, such as the Afghan Sikh refugee file, Government of India interference in Sikh Canadian affairs, and the thoughts of Sikh Canadians across this country.Read more
4 years ago the WSO made a conscious decision - to invest in our youth in a meaningful and tangible way.
In 2015 the Sikh Youth Leadership Institute (SYLI) was born.
This August we saw another successful batch of incredibly smart Sikh youth from across Canada pass through SYLI in Ottawa.
I am pleased to share the World Sikh Organization of Canada’s 2017 Annual Report with you, our friends and partners.
2017 was a milestone year for WSO and the Canadian Sikh community with our involvement in Canada 150 celebrations from coast to coast, a conscious effort to recognize the Indigenous communities, breakthroughs on wearing of the kakaars and a renewed focus on community initiatives.Read more
Today we mark the anniversary of the murder of Jathedar Gurdev Singh Kaunke on January 1, 1993.
Jathedar Gurdev Singh Kaunke, the acting Jathedar of Sri Akal Takhat Sahib, was tortured to death in custody by the Indian police on January 1, 1993. Jathedar Kaunke had been serving in his role since January 1986 and was widely respected by all sides in Punjab. He was a voice of reason and principle and had an unblemished and towering characterRead more
Federal Election 2015: Questions & Issues Guide
The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 1984 as a national body, with a mandate to promote and protect the interests of the Canadian Sikhs, as well as to promote and advocate for the protection of human rights of all individuals, irrespective of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, and social and economic status.
With the Canadian federal election campaign now well underway, Canadian Sikhs are deciding which candidates and parties to support. Like other Canadians, issues such as the economy, the environment and poverty are of great interest this election. The major parties continue to address these concerns through their party platforms and during debates. There are, however, issues of special concern to Canadian Sikhs that do not receive as much consideration. In order to draw attention to these issues and understand where the parties stand, we are putting the below seven questions (along with a brief backgrounder to each question) to the four major parties and encourage Canadian Sikhs to do the same.Read more
Today we remember Shri Rajni Kothari, who passed away today in New Delhi at the age of 86. Kothari was well known and respected for his work in the fields of human rights, political science and public service. For the Sikh community, Kothari will be best remembered for raising his voice for justice in the case of the 1984 anti-Sikh genocide. As the then President of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, he had the fortitude and courage to write a forthright and probing report on the events of November 1984 which continues to be one of the most reliable accounts of what happened. The report “Who Are the Guilty?” gave a description of the massacres that took place and was a damning indictment of those politicians who orchestrated the violence.Read more
December 2014 commemorates a special milestone. The WSO of Canada was founded on Dec 2, 1984. For 3 decades we have been the voice of Canadian Sikhs. Through your invaluable support, we have helped shape Canadian law and culture, making this country one of the best places on earth. As we reflect upon the past, we are reminded of the incredible progress that we have made, and the challenges that lie ahead in an increasingly interconnected world.Read more