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. 

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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.

From left: Jasmine Malhi, Amanvir Hans, Vijayta Kaushal and Baljot Grewal were among a group of volunteers preparing care packages Sunday for Valentine's Day care packages for 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.

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Brampton Guardian - Sikh community rejects domestic violence

Marks Valentine’s Day event at women shelters in Peel

 One Billion Rising campaign

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.

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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

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. 

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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

Co-founder Jaskaran Sandhu says the new Sikh helpline fills a gap by connecting community members to services and organizations they might not have known about.

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.

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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

WARNING: This story contains content which may be disturbing to some readers
 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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