Global News - ‘Turban Eh!’ event at U of A turns racist incident into something positive

By: Emily Mertz, Global News

The Sikh Students’ Association responded to racist posters with an event promoting education and awareness.

The group, along with the University of Alberta Students’ Union and the World Sikh Organization, hosted Turban Eh! on Tuesday at the U of A.

Last week, at least a dozen racist posters were put up around campus, displaying the image of a Sikh man in a turban with a profane headline and xenophobic message.

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CBC News - Turban tying event creates buzz at University of Alberta

Response to racist poster draws a crowd at turban-tying event

The University of Alberta Students' Union building was a sea of multi-coloured turbans on Tuesday in a broad-based show of support for the Sikh community.

The turban-tying event called "Turban, Eh?" invited anyone to get a turban tied on their heads. It followed the discovery of a racist poster on campus last week that pictured a turbaned man of the Sikh faith and the words, "F--k your Turban."

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Global News - ‘Turban Eh!’ event scheduled at U of A in response to racist posters

Turban Eh! event to be held at U of A on Sept. 27, 2016Edmontonians are taking a disturbing incident and turning it into an opportunity for education and awareness.

“In response to the current event that happened at the University of Alberta, the Sikh Students Association/Students Union/World Sikh Organization present to you Turban Eh! Come say hi and get your Turban Tied,” Gurjot Sandhu posted on Facebook.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the U of A Students Union Building stage from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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CBC News - University of Alberta investigating 'disturbing' racist posters

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 One of the xenophobic posters which appeared at the University of Alberta campus Monday.
One of the xenophobic posters which appeared at the University of Alberta campus Monday. (Laura Porter/Facebook )
When Al Sahn saw the poster on his way to class, he couldn't help but rip it off the wall.

It pictured a turbaned man of the Sikh faith. Above the photograph, in bold letters, it read  "F---k your Turban ... If you're so obsessed with your third world culture go the f---k back to where you came from!"

The hashtags, "Non-Integrative" and "Invasion" were also on the poster. 

Sahn found it taped to the door of the Rutherford Library on the University of Alberta campus.

It was just one of several racist posters discovered across the Edmonton campus on Monday.

'Disturbing'

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Globe and Mail - University of Alberta removes racist posters targeting turban-wearing Sikhs

The University of Alberta campus is pictured in Edmonton, Alta., on Aug. 26, 2016. (CODIE MCLACHLAN/Codie McLachlan for the Globe an)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is adding his voice to growing condemnation of racist posters that were put up at the University of Alberta targeting turban-wearing Sikhs.

“We’re proud of the enormous contributions Sikhs make to this country everyday,” Trudeau wrote Tuesday on Twitter.

The university said it removed 12 of the posters found on the campus on Monday, including one at the university’s main library.

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Global News - Sikh community receives ‘outpouring of support’ after racist posters found at University of Alberta

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Just one day after at least a dozen disturbing posters were spotted on the University of Alberta campus, political and cultural leaders along with Canadians in general are rallying behind the Sikh community.

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Toronto Star Anti-Sikh posters show up on University of Alberta campus

Edmonton university condemns racist posters placed at a dozen sites, as campus organizers plan a pro-diversity event in response.

 

A screenshot of a racist Sikh poster on the University of Alberta campus posted by Laura Porter to the Overheard at the University of Alberta group. 
screenshot of a racist Sikh poster on the University of Alberta campus posted by Laura Porter to the Overheard at the University of Alberta group.  (FACEBOOK - LAURA PORTER)  

The University of Alberta moved quickly this week to remove racist posters that showed up on campus featuring the image of a Sikh man in a marigold-yellow turban and the words: “If you’re so obsessed with your third-world culture, go the f--- back to where you came from!” 
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National Post- Liberals plan for huge influx of refugees, immigrant spouses at expense of skilled foreign workers

Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa Citizen | March 8, 2016 | Last Updated: Mar 9 8:49 AM ET

OTTAWA — The Liberal government has cut the number of skilled foreign workers it will allow into Canada this year to make room for a huge influx of Syrian refugees, immigrant spouses and children.

Immigration Minister John McCallum says the reduction in economic immigrants is a “temporary pause” that will have minimal impact on Canada’s well-being and prosperity. But the move has nonetheless raised concerns from business groups about the Liberals’ long-term plans for immigration.

At the same time, the government could face a backlash from some ethnic communities for not letting more immigrant parents and grandparents into Canada to be reunited with their families.

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Toronto Star- Valentine's care packages bring a little love to women's shelters

Valentine's care packages bring a little love to women's shelters

Sikh community delivers cupcakes, chocolates and cards made by children, just to ‘say someone cares.’ 

Sarpreet Kaur, a volunteer with the World Sikh Organization, delivers boxes of cupcakes, chocolates and Valentine's Day cards made by children from the Sikh community, to a women's shelter.

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Sarpreet Kaur, a volunteer with the World Sikh Organization, delivers boxes of cupcakes, chocolates and Valentine's Day cards made by children from the Sikh community, to a women's shelter.

There were no bouquets of red roses, but on Valentine’s Day dozens of pink boxes wrapped with white ribbons showed up at Nellie’s Women’s Shelter instead. 

Each care package included chocolates and cupcakes, topped with handmade cards authored by elementary school children. 

“You are great,” reads one Valentine. “You are beautiful,” said another. 

All were addressed to the same recipients: Women and children who call the downtown shelter home, many of whom are victims of violence, poverty and homelessness.

 

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Ottawa Citizen- Faith groups call on Liberals to keep Office of Religious Freedom

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/politics/faith-groups-call-on-liberals-to-keep-office-of-religious-freedom

The Liberal government is facing pressure to keep the Office of Religious Freedom open, after representatives from three influential faith groups wrote Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion on Friday asking him not to scrap it.

The open letter from organizations representing Jewish, Sikh and Ahmadiyya Muslim Canadians underscores the potential political cost of shuttering the three-year-old office, which the previous Conservative government established with much fanfare.

 

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