Mukhbir Singh: Sikhs have earned their place on the political stage

A few short months ago, as Sikhs in Canada grappled with media coverage rife with unfounded claims of “Sikh extremism” in Canada, some commentators posed a question that would have caused a massive uproar had “Sikh” been replaced with “women”, “Indigenous” or “black” — by asking the question “are Sikhs over-represented in Canadian politics”? WSO President Mukhbir Singh wrote an editorial in the Vancouver Sun responding to these questions. To read the article please click here. Continue reading

Canadian Sikhs Launch #AskCanadianSikhs Social Media Campaign

#AskCanadianSikhs was launched because many media reports over the past month about the community have lacked context and nuance and have excluded Sikh voices from the dialogue

Palbinder K. Shergill Of B.C. Supreme Court Becomes 1st Turbaned Sikh Judge In Canada

She grew up in Williams Lake, B.C. 06/26/2017 17:06 EDT | Updated 06/26/2017 17:06 EDT Andree Lau - Managing Editor Of News, HuffPost Canada By any standards, Palbinder Kaur Shergill is an accomplished woman: a trial lawyer with her own firm and a mother of three who speaks three languages (on her way to four). Last week, Shergill was appointed to the B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster, becoming the first turbaned judge in Canada. "It's ... especially inspiring given that she's a woman and mostly the turban is associated with Sikh men," Balpreet Singh of the World Sikh Organization told CBC News. Continue reading

CBC News: Sikhs celebrate B.C. woman's 'inspiring' appointment as first turbaned judge in Canada

By Lien Yeung, CBC News Posted: Jun 24, 2017 7:52 PM PT Last Updated: Jun 25, 2017 3:25 PM PT Sikhs from Canada to India are celebrating a B.C. woman's historic appointment as the first turbaned Sikh judge in the country. Lawyer Palbinder Kaur Shergill will be serving as a judge at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster. The announcement came Friday from federal Justice Minister Jody-Wilson Raybould. There have been other Sikh judges in Canadian history, including B.C.'s former attorney general Wally Oppal, but the World Sikh Organization of Canada says this appointment is special. "It's ... especially inspiring given that she's a woman and mostly the turban is associated with Sikh men," said Balpreet Singh who has worked with Shergill for the past decade in her pro-bono role as general counsel for the organization.  Continue reading

CBC News - Postmedia apologizes to Alberta Sikhs for Harjit Sajjan cartoon

Postmedia has apologized for a political cartoon that sparked outrage among members of Alberta's Sikh community. On Tuesday, the Edmonton Sun and other Postmedia publications portayed Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan stewing in a cauldron with the label "LIES."   Continue reading

CBC News - World Sikh Organization shares on Valentine’s Day

Sikh students and children make the cards and wrap the gifts that are distributed to women in shelters across Canada today. The World Sikh Organization of Canada participates in the One Billion Rising movement each February 14th, by providing small gifts to women who might very much appreciate the thought! Treats and baked goods are put together with Valentine’s cards prepared by Sikh children and students from local Khalsa schools and gurdwaras for more than 800 women in shelters across Canada.  Continue reading

Toronto Star - Early Valentine’s Day love delivered to GTA women’s shelter

Members of the Sikh community gathered Sunday in Brampton to assemble care packages for local women’s shelters. For a handful of women’s shelters across Greater Toronto, a little bit of Valentine’s Day love came early. A group of about 20 volunteers gathered Sunday in a legal office in Brampton to put together more than 300 care packages — filled with everything from tampons to toothpaste to cupcakes — and delivered them to five women’s shelters. Continue reading

Brampton Guardian - Sikh community rejects domestic violence

Marks Valentine’s Day event at women shelters in Peel   On the occasion of Valentine’s Day, Sikh community members of Peel region Sunday, Feb. 12, marked the One Billion Rising campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence. In partnership with the World Sikh Organization (WSO) of Canada, every year Sikh community members deliver packages and gifts to local women’s shelters across the country. Continue reading

Calgary Herald - Calgary Sikh gurdwara vandalized with swastikas and profanity

Harpeet Singh Gill, a volunteer at the Sikh Society Temple, examines graffitti on the ouside of the building located on 81 St SW on Friday December 23, 2016 in Calgary, Alta. The spray paint was discovered a day or so ago and is similar to both a swastika and a Hindu symbol. Jim Wells//Postmedia.  Continue reading

CBC News - New helpline bridges gap between Canadian Sikhs and 'mainstream' services

Co-founder says helpline takes Sikh tradition of seeking advice into 21st century A new helpline is bringing Canada's Sikh community closer to local services, organizations and advice. The recently established Sikh Family Helpline is a non-emergency phone line that allows callers to chat confidentially with volunteers. Co-founder Jaskaran Sandhu, who is also the director of development for the World Sikh Organization of Canada, says the idea came after speaking to Sikhs around the country. "The Sikh community, for whatever reason, are not comfortable reaching out to mainstream institutions," he said on Metro Morning. "There seems to be language barriers, there's cultural barriers, and in some instances there may even be financial barriers. Continue reading