WSO Welcomes Supreme Court Decision on Religious Membership

Ottawa (June 1, 2018). The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in the landmark case of Highwood Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses v. Randy Wall (‘Wall’). This case deals with the right of a private religious organizations to decide their own membership. In a unanimous 9-0 decision released yesterday, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the appeal and affirmed that courts will not interfere in the decisions of private organizations. The WSO was an intervener in this case. Continue reading

WSO & Peel School Board Launch Sikh E-Module

Brampton (May 28, 2018):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada, in partnership with the Peel District School Board, today launched the Sikh Faith E-Module. The E-Module, intended for students, their families, staff and our community partners will share information on Sikh faith, culture, heritage and much more. The Sikh Faith E-Module is the culmination of several years of collaboration and effort and will provide information on best practices when interacting with and educating Sikh students.  The launch took place today at North Park Secondary School in Brampton.  Continue reading

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

WSO Calls on Montreal Police to Accommodate Turbans

Ottawa (April 12, 2018):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada has written to Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante and Montreal police chief, Martin Prud’homme in support of the call for the accommodation of religious headgear such as turbans and hijabs by the by the Montreal police.  The issue had recently been raised by Montreal city councillor Marvin Rotrand.  Rotrand noted that federal defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan, who served as a police officer in Vancouver, may not have had his application processed had he applied in Montreal because of his turban.  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