Events-Canada – UNITED SIKHS Blog https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog Recognize The Human Race As One Fri, 01 Sep 2017 23:45:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Oui Oui- All in Favor of the Patka! https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2013/06/oui-oui-all-in-favor-of-the-patka/ Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:18:16 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=2002

Photo Credit: PC / Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press

Quebec, Canada- Sikh players are no longer limited to playing soccer in their backyards. They are back on the soccer field. Over a year of disappoints and dreams crushed for about 200 soccer players in Quebec, Canada, has ended in victory as the Quebec Soccer Federation (QSF) has lifted their ban on the patka during soccer games.

UNITED SIKHS team led the advocacy to revoke this ban for over a year. Constant contact with the affected families as well as lawmakers were included in the efforts. About two weeks prior to the decision, UNITED SIKHS Directors Sukhwinder Singh and Ranbir Singh, along with UNITED SIKHS community advocate Deepinder Singh met with the Hon. Bal Gosal, Canadian Minister of Sports, at his office in Brampton, Ontario, to discuss the ban on patkas and turbans by QSF. During their meeting, the team was encouraged to continue their efforts by the Minister and assured that he will assist in driving the message of eliminating religious barriers being set by QSF.

UNITED SIKHS led the advocacy with:

– June 2012- QSF issued ban on patka in June 2012

– June 2012- June 2013 Persistent contact with the affected families

– June 7th, 2013 – Coordinated with Canadian Ministers exclusively, including Minister of Sports Bal Gosal for lifting the ban on the Patka in Quebec

–  Reached out to various soccer clubs and other soccer associations in Canada and UK to seek support about the ban

– Circulated statements made by International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) which clearly states its ruling to allow the Hijab and Patka on field

– Lobbied directly with the Prime Minister’s office about the ban

– June 14th, 2013- Further clarification from FIFA about specific instructions on the Patka during a soccer game were issued. These specifications includes that the patka should not be hanging one over the neck, should be neatly tied tightly, and the color should be matching the uniform of the club.

– June 15th, 2013- QSA lifted the ban of the Patka for Sikh players

UNITED SIKHS Team would like to thank the all of our supporters and those who helped us out in the fight against the ban including: Canadian Minister of Sports Bal Gosal, Councilor Mary Deros (Villeray—Saint-Michel—Parc-Extension), Conseillère de la Ville, Membre du comité exécutif, Indépendant (IND)-), Narinder Singh Minhas , Surjit Singh and Rupinder Singh (Sikh Vision Association). Our appreciation is extended to the Sangat of Montreal as well.

The fight for revoking the ban brought solidarity and support across Canada and the world. “The best outcome of all this is many of our fellow supporters and parents from other ethnic backgrounds withdrew their children from playing soccer under protest we should identify them and honor them,” said UNITED SIKHS community advocate Deepinder Singh.

A ‘Soccer in Solidarity’ event, will take place at Marcel-Laurin Park (2345 Boulevard Thimens, St-Laurent, H4R 1T4) from 2:30PM until 7:30PM, on June 23, 2013. The event will be a soccer match, with participants of all religious, class, creed, and gender affiliations.

UNITED SIKHS along with other organizations will celebrate this grand victory on Canada Day, July 1st. There will be an exhibition soccer match and UNITED SIKHS will sponsor a trophy along with WISE. All are invited to this celebration. Details will be available on UNITED SIKHS Facebook Page.

UNITED SIKHS continues to encourage you to practice your religion to the freely. Fighting for religious accommodation is a daunting task because of the vagaries of national and international laws, but UNITED SIKHS will continue, nation by nation, to promote and protect Sikh articles of faith.

For UNITED SIKHS to continue its efforts (both domestically and internationally), we need your assistance, so please donate. You may donate online or in person to a UNITED SIKHS chapter near you. For details of our chapters, please visit our contact page.

Issued By:

Sukhwinder Singh

Director, UNITED SIKHS Canada

223B-2980 Drew Road

Mississauga Ontario L4T-0A7

Ph: 905-672-2245/416-895-4100

unitedsikhs-canada@unitedsikhs.org

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SAFAR Our Journeys Connecting: Our stories, visions & paths https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/09/safar-our-journeys-connecting-our-stories-visions-paths/ Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:43:54 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1127

SAFAR

SAFAR
Our Journeys
Connecting: Our stories, visions & paths

OISE,  University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Canada

 

Join academics, community members and organizers  from across North America at “Our Journeys” as we bring to light the high caliber of research being carried out to explore and openly discuss collective past, present and future of geneder equality.
Conference is open to all & Registration is FREE or PWYC.  All attendees must register online at http://ourjourneys.eventbrite.com


8:00 Registration & Breakfast
9:15 Keynote Panel: Reconnecting the Disconnect – A Sikh Feminist Gosht
Prof. Nikky-Guninder Kaur, Geetanjali Chanda, Mallika Kaur

10:40 Break
11:00 Panel 1: Disrupting History
Deep Singh, Jaspal Kaur Singh, Brian Keith Axel, Tejpreet Kaur
12:30 Lunch

1:30  Panel 2 A | Gursikhi: Intersections, Parallels and Gaps
Simran Jeet Singh, Kirpal Kaur. Guru Fatha Singh Khalsa, Sonia Arora
Panel 2 B | Lived Experiences: Sikh Women, Work and Society
Ravneet Kaur Tiwana, Bandana Kaur, Kazi Abdur Rouf, Manprit (Preet) Kaur Virdi

3:00 Break

3:20 Panel 3A | Violence: Causes and Solutions
Jesleen Singh, Semran Kaur Mann, Malika Kaur Bhola, Gunisha Kaur

Panel 3B | Herstory: Bringing Untold Narratives of Womanhood to the Forefront
Harloveleen Kaur, Prabsimran Sachdev, Tavleen Kaur, Harminder S. Mann

4:50 Panel 4A | Gender and Sexuality:  A Lived Reality Unrecognized
Kaveri Qureshi, Gitanjali Kaur Singh, Ranjanpreet Nagra
Panel 4B | Diaspora and Culture: Resisting Social Pressures
Sharanpal K Ruprai, Gada Mahrouse & Indu Vashist, Satwinder Kaur Bains, Jaspreet Gill
6:30 Closing Remarks and Reception

RESEARCH +  SAFAR   =  HELPS Policy Makers , Community, Orgs
Research: The Sikh feminist perspective is inherent within Sikhi’s fundamental message of equality and egalitarianism, however research and scholarship exploring Sikh feminism exists in limitation, has restricted access and is widely unacknowledged

SAFAR: Safar’s mission is to conduct, collect and openly share research that analyzes and addresses the  issues of gender inequality.

HOW IT HELPS: In addition to encouraging education and academic advancement amongst the community, open access to this research will provide grassroot community organizations,  policy makers, and NGOs, with resources and support to strengthen their work for action towards addressing gender inequality.

For more information please contact:
Preet Kaur Virdi (preet.virdi@gmail.com), Tarnjit Johal (tarnjitjohan@gmail.com)
http://ourjourneys.eventbrite.com

 

 

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UNITED SIKHS MULTI-FAITH PRAYER https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2009/06/united-sikhs-multi-faith-prayer/ Thu, 11 Jun 2009 16:38:28 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=291 JOIN UNITED SIKHS – as we conduct a Multifaith Prayer alongside CanadianHART (Canadian Humanitarian Appeal for
Relief of Tamils) to stand in solidarity with your fellow Canadians who have been, and continue to be devastated, by the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka.
Months of military assaults have left their loved ones, and thousands of other innocent civilians injured or killed, destroying the livelihoods of much of the Northern population of Sri Lanka. At the same time, hundreds of thousands have been traumatized and displaced by the violence, and are without sufficient food, water or sanitation. While we try to come to terms with a tragedy that continues to unfold, we invite you to join us for a solemn evening of reflection, where we will pay our respects for the lives that have been lost, and pray for those which hang in the balance, dependent on us as members of the international community, to act immediately. The present inaction in the face of this crisis, cannot be allowed to continue.
Please join us June 11, as we engage with questions of how we can create a turning point in the humanitarian crisis, and help bring the aid desperately needed, to those who continue to suffer in the aftermath of the war, through our different faiths and united cause.

Venue:

Earth Science Building
The University of Toronto
Room # B143

33 Willcocks Street,
Toronto, ON,
Date:
Thursday, June 11, 2009

Time:
6:00pm to 9:00pm

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Teach & Learn in Korea https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2009/05/teach-learn-in-korea/ https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2009/05/teach-learn-in-korea/#comments Fri, 08 May 2009 05:28:36 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=245 The ‘TaLK (Teach & Learn in Korea)’ program is inviting adventurous global leaders to teach English to students and to experience and learn about Korean culture. Sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

The TaLK program, sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science & Technology, invites adventurous global leaders, as Government Scholars. Participants will teach after school English classes in Korean elementary schools in rural areas while enjoying cultural programs.

‘TaLK’ will sponsor individuals interested in gaining personal and professional enrichment through teaching and learning in Korea. The program is open to citizens of countries where English is the national language. The program is seeking 630 TaLK scholars including renewals. More info >>>

Participants will receive Korean government scholarships and teach English in after-school classes of Korean elementary schools while enjoying cultural programs during their free time. Recipients will be placed at schools in rural areas in need of greater exposure to English and teach the language by forming one-on-one working relationships with Korean university TaLK Scholars. Candidates should have a desire to work with children, have a service-centered mind, a willingness to work in rural areas and have consideration for others with a positive attitude.

Goal:

Participants’ service mindedness and caring heart will instill into the young students’ minds an ambition to learn English and allow them to embark on a journey of accomplishing their dreams.

– Application Deadline: April 20 (for early applications) or June 10, 2009

– Orientation: August 4-28, 2009

– First Day of Work: September 1, 2009

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UNITED SIKHS Joins Khalsa Academy and Snatam Kaur for Simran Workshop https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2009/04/united-sikhs-joins-khalsa-academy-and-snatam-kaur-for-simran-workshop/ Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:40:54 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=179 Simran Workshop

Empowerment and Education are fundamental concepts in Sikhi and that is why UNITED SIKHS has an entire directorate dedicated to it.

This week UNITED SIKHS – Canada will be working with Khalsa Academy by assisting at “An Evening of Nam Simran” with Snatam Kaur.

This workshop offers the opportunity to learn and practice the quantum technology of sound current. Through chanting and meditation, one can experience the combined effect of body, mind and spirit. This workshop is targeted to the youth, regardless of background. Please join us in the universal chanting and prayers and uplift the consciousness of humanity.

100% of proceeds will be used for future programs by Khalsa Academy.

To purchase tickets call 905-820-3038 or order online at www.khalsa-academy.com

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Action Alert: May 1st, 2009:The NY Immigration Coalition Rally https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2009/04/action-alert-may-1st-2009the-ny-immigration-coalition-rally/ Tue, 28 Apr 2009 20:44:53 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=173 May 1, 2009 Rally: 1:30pm in Madison Square Park!

Join The New York Immigration Coalition and over 20 labor unions and community organizations on May 1st, 2009. As President Obama’s First 100 Days come to an end, we call for three critical policies that are essential to the nation’s economic recovery:

~Just and Humane Immigration Reform!
~Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)!
~Health Care for All!

The rally will run from 1:30-3:30pm in Madison Square Park (23rd and Broadway in Manhattan, nearest trains: R/W/6/F/V to 23rd St).

Please see the flyer for details, to become a co-sponsor, and to RSVP!

For more information, contact Frances Liu, Immigration Advocacy Field Coordinator, at FLiu@thenyic.org.

To Co-sponsor click here!

Amneet Singh
UNITED SIKHS-Canada

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