Ending Violence Against Women

By Sukhvinder Kaur Vinning (Executive Director, WSO)

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  In many parts of the world, it kicks off sixteen days of activism against gender-based violence.  The year may be 2012 but this centuries old problem is still a prevalent issue across the world.

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Celebrating Guru Nanak's Message of Equality

The World Sikh Organization of Canada extends its warmest greetings on the Gurpurab (birth anniversary) of Sri Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith.

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WSO Takes Part in Vaughan Festival of Light

On Thursday November 13th, WSO joined several other faith and cultural communities in Vaughan for the Festival of Light.

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In Remembrance

By Pardeep Singh Nagra

Approximately over 250 000 Sikhs served in the World Wars. They served and saw action in all the major campaigns of WW1 in France and Flanders Belgium including Ypres, Neuve Chapelle, La Bassee, Somme, and Vimy.  Sikhs also served in campaigns in Mesopotamia, Persia, East Africa, Gallipoli and the Far East. Fighting in the trenches and muddy fields of Europe, in the deserts, among the mountains and on the oceans in these global conflicts, the Sikhs would win unstinting respect for their courage, bravery, patience and fortitude.

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Canadian MPs visit 1984 Sikh "Widow Colony"

Canadian MPs Parm Gill, Kyle Seeback and Minister Tim Uppal visited Delhi’s ‘Widow Colony’ yesterday.  The visit was not made public and was not covered by the media.  The "Widow Colony" was established by the widows of the Sikhs killed in November 1984. 

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The Prophetic Words of Jaswant Singh Khalra

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the disappearance of S. Jaswant Singh Khalra.

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The Olympics & Religion: a Reflection on Lessons from London 2012

By Ripan Kaur, WSO Communications Intern

As viewers all across the globe have witnessed over the past few weeks, the Olympics demonstrated a coming together of different communities. The games were filled with fantastic moments, not only of the athletes’ achievements, but also a multitude of diverse identities. From Usain Bolt kneeling down in prayer after his victory in the 200m dash, to Canadian wrestler Arjan Bhullar proudly wearing a red turban when walking in with his fellow athletes during the opening ceremonies. An important legacy of the games is celebrating the world and its different cultures, languages, faiths through sport. London 2012 was no exception.

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A Book of Condolences for the Families of the Oak Creek Shootings

As we are all aware, the incidents of Oak Creek almost two weeks ago have been painful for everyone around the world. As a result, the World Sikh Organization is setting up a channel to collect condolence messages which will be delivered to the families of the victims, as well as to the heroic police officer who risked his life and saved countless lives. If you would like to leave messages of condolences and hope and love for the families, you can do so here:http://www.worldsikh.ca/contact

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A Personal Account of the Oak Creek Funerals

By Mukhbir Singh (WSO Vice-President-Quebec)

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King 

As the World Sikh Organization of Canada’s envoy to the funeral services of the Oak Creek Gurdwara shooting victims, I worked to foster relations with victims' family members and community members from Wisconsin who were affected by the shootings. It was an amazing opportunity to provide support to the sangat (congregation) and help grieve with them in the aftermath of such a terrible tragedy.

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Messages of Solidarity Following the Oak Creek Shooting

The recent tragedy in Wisconsin has stunned and shocked Sikhs and non-Sikh across the world. Last Sunday’s shooting took place in the Oak Creek Sikh Temple and resulted in the death of six victims. Here, we would like to share some of the message of condolence we recieved from individuals and organizations.   

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