WSO Human Rights Defender Alert: G.N. Saibaba Denied Adequate Medical Treatment in Custody

Ottawa (April 25, 2018):  Disabled activist and teacher G.N. Saibaba continues to face serious health issues while being held in Nagpur Central Jail in India.  Saibaba was convicted and sentenced by a Maharashtra court to life in prison under Indian anti-terror laws on March 7, 2017 after being accused of “unlawful activities”, conspiring to commit a “terrorist act” and “membership of a terrorist organization.”  Saibaba is, according to reports, 90% disabled and requires the assistance of a wheelchair.  He also suffers from several other serious health ailments including acute pancreatitis, cardiac complications, hypertension and a spinal disorder that inhibits use of his left should and hand.  Continue reading

Overwhelming Response to #AskCanadianSikhs Forums

Ottawa (April 11, 2018):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada received an overwhelming response to a series of panels it hosted this past weekend in Edmonton, Surrey and Brampton entitled, “#AskCanadianSikhs: When Canadian Sikhs Spoke Out”. The panels featured prominent U.K. journalist Sunny Hundal as well as other public relations and media specialists. Hundreds of young Canadian Sikhs and others, including journalists and members of other community organizations attended the events in person and thousands more via the online stream. Continue reading

WSO Deeply Concerned by Attack on Calgary Sikh

Ottawa (April 6, 2018):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada is deeply concerned by reports of an attack on a 91-year-old turban-wearing Sikh in northeast Calgary which took place on March 16.  According to reports, Harjit Singh Rai was assaulted and had his turban knocked off as he was visiting a grocery store near Temple Drive N.E.  A suspect has been taken into custody.  Continue reading

#AskCanadianSikhs- When Canadian Sikhs Spoke Out

Ottawa (April 3, 2018):  Following the success of the social media hashtag campaign “#AskCanadianSikhs”, The World Sikh Organization of Canada will be hosting a series of events in Edmonton, Surrey and Brampton from April 6-8,  entitled, “#AskCanadianSikhs:  When Canadian Sikhs Spoke Out”.  The panels will feature prominent UK journalist Sunny Hundal as well as public relations and media specialists. Hundal writes a bi-monthly column for the Hindustan Times and for the UK’s Independent. The panels will be moderated by WSO Board Member Jaskaran Sandhu.  Continue reading

WSO Welcomes Alberta Turban Accommodation for Sikh Motorcyclists

Calgary (March 29, 2018):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes today’s announcement by the Alberta Government to accommodate turbaned Sikh motorcyclists in the province.  As of April 12, 2018, turbaned Sikh motorcyclists will be exempted from helmet requirements. Continue reading

WSO Shocked by Racist Attack on Ottawa Sikh

Ottawa (March 27, 2018):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada is deeply disturbed by the attack on a Sikh man last Friday night in Ottawa.  Two suspects, described as white males by police, approached the Sikh male, threatening to cut his beard and hair.  The two suspects then made racial slurs and threatened the Sikh with a knife.  The suspects proceeded to assault the man, dragging him on the ground and then ripped his turban from his head and stole it along with his phone and bus pass.  Continue reading

WSO Open Letter to Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey on Coverage of Sikh Canadians

In an open letter to Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey (posted below), and copied to the editors of the Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen and National Post, WSO President Mukhbir Singh expressed his concern at recent coverage of the Sikh community in Postmedia newspapers.  The Sikh community has been disappointed by recent opinion pieces making harmful generalizations and stereotypes about the community, including the argument that Sikhs are "overrepresented" in Canada's democracy and asking readers to "reflect on whether the inordinate influence the [Sikhs] now enjoy is good for democracy.” WSO will continue to be a strong advocate for Canadian Sikhs and ensure the community is not silenced or marginalized by misleading and irresponsible reporting.   Continue reading

India-Canada Framework May Put Sikh Lives at Risk: WSO

Ottawa (February 26, 2018): The World Sikh Organization is deeply concerned by the recent announcement of the Framework for Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism between Canada and India (‘Framework’). The Framework, announced on Friday after the meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, formalizes “increased collaboration between the law enforcement and security agencies of both countries” and will “develop exchanges and facilitate effective cooperation in the fields of security, finance, justice, and law enforcement, including, where appropriate, at the operational level.” Continue reading

WSO Rejects Allegations of Rising Radicalism Against Canadian Sikhs

Ottawa (February 23, 2018):  Following up to and during Prime Minister Trudeau’s visit to India, a number of media sources reported allegations of “rising Sikh radicalism in Canada”. In response to these allegations, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he “will not crack down on those advocating peacefully for an independent Sikh state because that is a freedom of speech issue.”   Continue reading

WSO's One Billion Rising Event Completes 5th Amazing Year!

Ottawa (February 21, 2018):  For the fifth year in a row, Sikhs across Canada, in partnership with the World Sikh Organization of Canada joined to take part in the One Billion Rising movement by providing care packages, treats and baked goods to approximately 1500 women and children in shelters in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.   Handmade Valentine’s cards prepared by Sikh children accompanied the packages.  Continue reading