Surrey (May 16, 2017): The World Sikh Organization of Canada is disturbed by allegations of racism made by a young Sikh player at the Vancouver Mainland Football League (VMFL). Arjun Singh Sran, 15, was subject to racist taunts and bullying during a game. Although repeated attempts have been made to have address the issue, the VMFL has failed to properly investigate or hold those responsible accountable.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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.Read more