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.
The posters feature a link to the website ImmigrationWatchCanada.org. Similar posters from the group Immigration Watch Canada previously appeared at York University in Toronto and in Brampton, Ontario in 2014.
WSO Vice-President for Alberta Tejinder Singh Sidhu said, “We are in communication with the University of Alberta and we have been told that there is an ongoing investigation into the posters and they are being removed wherever they are found. These racist posters don't reflect the inclusiveness Canada is renown for and we know that the University of Alberta and the larger Edmonton community stand in solidarity with Sikh Canadians in saying that this type of messaging is not welcome.”
WSO President Mukhbir Singh said, "Similar posters appeared two years ago in Ontario and are a pathetic attempt at drawing the spotlight to deplorable views that have been rejected in Canada. Despite the claims on this poster, Sikhs are an integral part of the Canadian fabric and we are proud that many turbaned Sikhs serve Canada in the federal cabinet, armed forces and many other capacities."
The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is a non-profit organization with a mandate to promote and protect the interests of Canadian Sikhs as well as to promote and advocate for the protection of human rights for all individuals, irrespective of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, and social and economic status.