WSO Calls for Inquiry Into Punjab Human Rights Abuses

Ottawa (May 26, 2017):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada calls for a full commission of inquiry into human rights abuses that took place in Punjab in the 80s and 90s.  The death today, of KPS Gill, former Director General of the Punjab Police during the 80s and 90s marks the loss of an opportunity to pursue justice and accountability for the thousands of victims of police and state atrocities in Punjab.  Gill lead a campaign of state violence designed to crush militancy and dissent in Punjab in the early-1990s and was colloquially known by many as the “Butcher of the Punjab”.  Under his command, the Punjab Police and Indian security forces engaged in widespread abuses and operated with impunity.  He was implicated in the extrajudicial murders of several prominent activists, including human rights advocate Jaswant Singh Khalra. Continue reading

WSO Releases Report on Bullying of Sikh Students in Peel Region

Brampton (April 26, 2017):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada released a report today on issues faced by Sikh students in Ontario’s Peel District School Board (PDSB). The report, titled “The Experience of Sikh Students in Peel”, is based on survey results of over 300 young people between the ages of 5 and 17 who identify as Sikhs. The report aims to bring a better understanding of the challenges faced by Sikh students in Peel, a region that has one of the highest proportions of Sikhs in Canada. The report finds that 27% of Sikh students surveyed reported being bullied for their Sikh identity.  This figure is down from 2011, when in a similar survey conducted by WSO found over 40% of Sikh students reported being bullied.  Continue reading

WSO Welcomes Exemption for Alberta Sikhs from Mandatory Helmet Law

Calgary (April 12, 2017):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes the exemption for turbaned Sikh Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) riders from helmet requirements in Alberta’s amendments to the Traffic Safety Act and Off-Highway Vehicle Regulation.  Continue reading

WSO Celebrates Declaration of Sikh Heritage Month in Alberta

Calgary (April 7, 2017):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada celebrates the declaration of April 2017 as Sikh Heritage Month in Alberta.  The announcement was made today by Irfan Sabir, Alberta Minister of Community and Social Services.  Continue reading

WSO Welcomes Passing of 1984 Sikh Genocide Motion in Ontario

Toronto (April 6, 2017):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes the passing of Private Members’ Motion 46 tabled by Ontario Liberal MPP Harinder Malhi recognizing the 1984 Sikh Genocide.  The motion was passed by a vote of 34 to 5.  Continue reading

WSO Supports Ontario 1984 Sikh Genocide Motion

The World Sikh Organization of Canada has written to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in support of MPP Harinder Malhi's motion acknowledging the 1984 Sikh Genocide in India.  The text of WSO President Mukhbir Singh's letter is below: Continue reading

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