Second Annual Sikh Youth Leadership Institute Held in Ottawa

Ottawa (August 17, 2016): The World Sikh Organization of Canada held its second annual  Sikh Youth Leadership Institute (SYLI) in Ottawa this past weekend. After taking part in a rigorous application process, twenty Sikh youths between the ages of 18-25 were selected to take part in the program. The attendees came from coast to coast, including Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, and British Columbia. Two-thirds of this year's participants were Sikh women. 

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WSO Statement on Sentencing of Perpetrator of Quebec City Sikh Attack

Ottawa (June 30, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada calls the sentencing of Gabriel Royer Tremblay a strong message that hateful and racist attacks will not be tolerated.

Royer Tremblay was sentenced to ten months in prison for his attack on Supninder Singh Khera  in Quebec City over the Easter weekend earlier this year.  Khera, who was visiting from Toronto, was the victim of an unprovoked attack after being taunted for wearing his turban.

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WSO Statement on Passing of Lt. Col. Pritam Singh Jauhal

Surrey (June 28, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada offers its tributes to Lt. Col. Pritam Singh Jauhal who passed away on Sunday at the age of 95.  Lt. Col Jauhal led the struggle to wear turbans in Royal Canadian Legion halls in the early 1990s. 

In 1993 Lt. Col Jauhal, a World War II veteran and other Sikhs were barred from entering the Royal Canadian Legion in Surrey because of their turbans after the annual Remembrance Day parade.  The WSO had supported Lt. Col. Jauhal in his attempts to have the Legion permit the wearing of the turban.  The national organization eventually changed its policy after a national debate.

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WSO Deeply Disappointed by Defeat of Ontario Sikh Genocide Motion

Toronto (June 2, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada is deeply disappointed by the Ontario Liberal Government's vote against a motion recognizing the November 1984 attacks on Sikhs as a genocide.

NDP Deputy-Leader Jagmeet Singh had introduced a Private Members' Motion reading, "That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should recognize the November 1984 state organized violence perpetrated against the Sikhs throughout India as a genocide."

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WSO Welcomes Komagata Maru Apology- Calls for Inclusion in School Curricula

Ottawa (May 18, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes today's apology by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on behalf of the Government of Canada for the Canadian Government's decision in 1914 to refuse entry to the Komagata Maru.  The ship, carrying 376 mostly Sikh passengers from Punjab, British India was turned away after two months of being refused entry at the Vancouver ports.  The WSO has reached out to provincial minsters of education across Canada, calling for the Komagata Maru tragedy and the racist immigration policy behind the incident to be made part of school curricula. 

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WSO Welcomes New Office of Human Rights, Freedoms & Inclusion

Ottawa (May 17, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes the Government of Canada's launch of the Office of Human Rights, Freedoms and Inclusion (OHRFI).  OHRFI is the successor to the Office of Religious Freedoms. 

It was announced today that OHRFI will encompass Human Rights and Indigenous Affairs, Inclusion and Religious Freedom, and Democracy.

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WSO Condemns Murder of Pakistani-Sikh Legislator

Ottawa (April 23, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada condemns the killing of Pakistani-Sikh legislator Sardar Soran Singh.  Sardar Soran Singh was the Minister of Minorities in Khyber-Paktunkhwa province, for the ruling Pakistan-Tehreek Insaf party. The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the assassination. 

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The World Sikh Organization of Canada Welcomes The Coming Official Apology for the Komagata Maru Incident

Ottawa – (April 12, 2016)

The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes the news that an official apology by the Office of the Prime Minister in the House of Commons is forthcoming in the following weeks. The Komagata Maru incident has been a blemish in Canadian history when fear, xenophobia and racism dictated immigration policies, blocking a ship of legally landed migrants from entering Canada. 

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WSO Expresses Concern Following Attack on Sikh in Quebec City

(Ottawa, April 1st, 2016) The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) was alerted today to an incident where a turbaned Sikh male, Supininder Singh Khehra was assaulted in an unprovoked attack in Quebec City. The cell phone video footage shows four men verbally harassing Mr. Khehra as he was walking down the street. The attackers then followed Mr. Khehra in their vehicle and proceeded to surround him where they physically attacked him.

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WSO Welcomes Ontario Ban on Carding

(Ottawa – March 23, 2016) The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes Ontario's ban on random stopping of citizens by police, a practice known as carding or street checks. Ontario Community Safety Minister Yasir Naqvi, making the announcement yesterday, noted that the changes will be effective January 1, 2017 and are designed to be the "first right-based framework surrounding police interactions in Ontario's history".

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