Sikhs in Montreal celebrated the birthday of their spiritual leader Guru Nanak Sunday by raising funds for Sun Youth, as well as increase awareness of the importance of helping others.
Montreal’s Sikh community has donated $11,000 worth of food and grocery-store gift certificates to Sun Youth Organization to help victims of fires.
Sikh-American cartoonist Vishavjit Singh, who has created an exhibit titled, “When A Big Tree Falls,” in commemoration of the massacre of Sikhs in New Delhi in 1984, will be showcasing his work at Surrey’s Singh Sabha Gurdwara on Sunday and Abbotsford’s Banda Bahadur Gurdwara on Saturday.
Thousands of Sikhs gathered at Surrey’s Dasmesh Darbar Sikh temple last weekend to honor members of the Canadian Armed Forces in a poignant ceremony to mark Remembrance Day 2010.
The festive spirit is growing in the Sikh community as it readies to celebrate the 541st Birthday of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism. He founded Sikhism on the universal principle of equality of all people regardless of class, colour, creed, religion or gender.
On Sunday, members of the Sikh community from all over southern Ontario attended a Remembrance Day ceremony centered around Pte. Buckam Singh's military grave at the Kitchener Mount Hope Cemetery — nearly 90 years after his death.
It's a well-established fact that things — especially bad or troublesome things — almost always come in threes. In other words, if you've just stretched your line of credit to cover a costly car repair, you can pretty much count on one of your kids getting expelled from school and a demotion at work.
“..Nov. 11 is Remembrance Day and we should acknowledge that. It’s also my understanding that in Canada, religion and state should not mix. There is a shift to a Sikh perspective at the school and I don’t think that’s right. We are planting the seed of ‘everybody’s different.”
When Canada’s first Multimedia Sikh Museum opened at Ontario Khalsa Darbar in Mississauga last Sunday, it offered clickable passage into more than 500 years of Sikhism. “Yes, it is your one-stop window into the past, present and future of the Sikhs," says Raghbir Bains, who has spent almost 25 years on the project.
In partnership with the Mississauga Food Bank, the Seva Food Bank is an initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada, a non-profit organization that mobilizes Sikh-Canadians to get involved in their local communities.
The Vancouver Sikh Youth are fighting on issues for real change, which include making Sikh religion, philosophy and culture the forefront instead of old issues regarding tables and chairs.
The highlights of the program included a keynote speech from Bibi Manpreet Kaur ji, Historical play, Magician performance, Instrumental Music and Vibrant Gatka.
When Livleen started playschool recently, one of the first questions she was asked was why she wears a turban. “I’ve told her that she’s a princess and wears a crown on her head. That’s what she should tell everyone.”
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Sukhninder Singh Sangha and a lot of friends are bringing the flavours of India to the poor. Kevin Newman introduces you to this week's Everyday Heroes.
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Mr Tatla was introduced by Jagpal Singh Tiwana as a committed soldier who belonged to a family with long military history. ...Mr. Tatla's attachment to Guru Ghar was evident when he volunteered to play tabla in the Gurdwara in the absence of the regular tabla player and surprised every one with his highly developed musical skills.
We have become not a melting pot, with all the ingredients blended together, but a beautiful mosaic – each tile uniquely beautiful whilst also merging into the big picture which has a beauty all its own. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
Canadian Sikhs are wondering, why the double standard? While violence and looting in Montreal last night after the victory of the Montreal Canadians over the Pittsburgh Penguins has been attributed to a “small” group of 500 individuals, the entire Canadian Sikh community has been smeared by certain politicians and media as violent and prone to extremism due to the irresponsible comments and actions of a few.
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(Recent events) have given rise to fears of a revival of Sikh radicalism in Canada — perhaps on the scale witnessed in the 1980s and 90s, when Sikh separatism flared up in the Punjab and terrorists in Canada destroyed Air India Flight 182.
The Sikh community celebrates the Khalsa festival to educate other Canadians about their faith and to ensure the culture is kept alive by new generations of Canadian-born Sikhs.
In 1992, the Maritime Sikh Society in Halifax made history by becoming the first Gurdwara in North America - and possibly the world - to have an all-women executive committee to manage its affairs.
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By publicly reminding Canadians that Sikhs come in a variety of manifestations, including "very secular," Dosanjh deserves applause for doing his bit to improve the reputation of the rest of the Sikh community.
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He was accused of raping a teenage girl a year ago and on Tuesday all charges against a priest working at a Sikh temple in Kelowna were stayed by the Crown.
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It's a shame that these recent events seem to have eclipsed all the good work the Sikh community has been doing.. such as raising hundreds of thousands for the relief work in Haiti or contributions to local hospitals in Surrey and Brampton.
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“In my view, I think the Premier could’ve shown a bit more courage and spoken to the people [at Vaisakhi],” said Thind. Harpreet Singh, a Radio India talk show host, agreed.
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To buttress their decision, the Supreme Court noted there had never been a known case of a kirpan being used violently in any school across Canada. But there have been cases since.
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Full-size mirrors were set up on the hall's stage for turban tying contests, with competitors organized into age groups and awarded points for symmetry, speed, head coverage and complexity of their turban tying.
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“Sikhs across Canada don’t believe he should be allowed into this country.”..Mann, and others, are urging the Conservatives to return Nath to India immediately.
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Canada has long boasted an international reputation for tolerance, and rightly so. We tend to welcome newcomers respectfully and with reasonably open arms.
The poems of a Young Sikh Canadian
“It’s about sacrifice, education and brotherhood,” Dr. Ravi Singh Rai, vice president of the Sikh Society of Guelph, said as he guided me through Sunday morning service, “and we’re open to everyone.

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