Sikhs Across Canada Deliver Valentine's Care Packages to Women's Shelters

Ottawa (February 15, 2017):  For the fourth 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.   Valentine’s cards prepared by Sikh children accompanied the packages.  Continue reading

WSO Statement on Quebec Terror Attack

Ottawa (January 30, 2017):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada condemns last night’s horrific terror attack at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec in Sainte-Foy, Quebec City.  It was reported that two gunmen entered the mosque and killed six people.  Continue reading

WSO Condemns Racist Vandalism of Calgary Gurdwara

Calgary (December 24, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada condemns the racist vandalism of the Sikh Society of Calgary that took place early on Thursday morning.  The racist graffiti included a swastika and profanity.  In January 2015, a gurdwara in Edmonton was spray-painted with racist graffiti and earlier this year, racist-anti Sikh posters were posted at the University of Alberta. Continue reading

WSO Condemns Anti-Semitic Vandalism in Ottawa

Ottawa (November 17, 2016): WSO condemns the vandalism of three Jewish centers in Ottawa that have been spray-painted with swastikas and hate messaging.  Most recently, the Machzikei Hadas synagogue was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti last night.  Continue reading

WSO Congratulates Sabi Marwah on Senate Appointment

Ottawa (October 31, 2016):  WSO offers its congratulations to Sarabjit (Sabi) Singh Marwah on being appointed Canada's first Sikh senator. Marwah, who recently retired as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer for Scotiabank and is a founding member of the Sikh Foundation of Canada, has long been a mentor to up and coming Sikh professionals and has worked on several Sikh cultural initiatives.  Continue reading

Sikh Community Remembers Jim Prentice

Edmonton (October 14, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada expresses sincere condolences on the passing of former Alberta premier, Jim Prentice. WSO Vice President for Alberta Tejinder Singh Sidhu said today, "Jim Prentice was a devoted public servant and was dedicated to the service of Alberta and all of Canada.  Alberta's Sikhs will fondly remember the instrumental role he played in helping establish the Dashmesh Culture Centre gurdwara here in Calgary.  Jim took time away from his personal life to ensure that the growing Sikh community had a place to gather and worship and provided his services without any cost.  He will be sorely missed.  Our prayers are with the Prentice family at this difficult time and with the families of the others that lost their lives in last night's crash." Continue reading

WSO Concerned by Racist Graffiti Found at Fatal Alberta Motel Fire

Edmonton (October 13, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization expresses its grave concern after reports that a fatal fire at an Alberta motel may be connected to racist graffiti found at the scene. Continue reading

WSO Helps Resolve Edmonton High School Kirpan Issue

Edmonton (October 6, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada has helped Sahib Singh Bains return to high school in Edmonton after he was told his kirpan was a weapon and would not be permitted in class. Sahib Singh, 16, is an initiated or amritdhari Sikh and wears the Sikh articles of faith including the kirpan. Last week, a teacher noticed a bulge underneath Sahib Singh's shirt.  When confronted, he confirmed that he wears a kirpan.  Sahib Singh was later approached by his school's principal who told him that the kirpan is a restricted weapon and he would have to turn the kirpan over to him immediately. Continue reading

WSO Calls for Immediate Release of Kashmiri Activist

Ottawa (September 20, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada expresses its concern at the detention of Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez.  Parvez was arrested one day before he was scheduled to travel to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.  (Geneva)  where he was to raise concerns about Indian security forces' human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.  On Tuesday, a local court in Srinagar set aside his detention order and issued directions for his immediate release, however, police have refused to free him. The WSO calls on Indian authorities to follow the rule of law and immediately release Parvez. Continue reading

WSO Condemns Racist Posters at University of Alberta Targeting Sikhs

Edmonton (September 19, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada condemns racist posters distributed by the group “Immigration Watch Canada” targeting Sikhs at the University of Alberta. The poster titled “FU*K YOUR TURBAN” features a picture of a turbaned Sikh man and states, "If you're so obsessed with your third-world culture, go the fu*k back to where you came from!"Approximately a dozen posters appeared earlier today on the University of Alberta campus but have now been taken down by campus security. Continue reading