April is Sikh Heritage Month Celebrating Sikhs In Canada

Posted on 11 April 2015 by admin

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Sikhs have called Canada their home for over a century, and today, hail from all parts of the globe and play a pivotal role in the fabric of Canadian society.

Sikhism is a major world religion that traces its origins back to the 15th century in what is known today as Punjab.

Sikhism was started as social revolution by first teacher, Guru Nanak, who laid the foundation for a distinct and unique monotheistic faith based on the principles of equality and social justice.

Sikh Heritage Month aims to celebrate the contributions and aspirations of all Sikh-Canadians and develop a greater understanding and appreciation for a rich, unique and diverse heritage.

 

Why Sikh Heritage Month

Sikh Heritage Month aims to celebrate the contributions and aspirations of Sikh Canadians throughout Ontario.

The Month of April was proclaimed as Sikh Heritage Month by the legislature of Ontario in 2013 (Bill 52).

Unanimously supported by Liberals, Conservatives and the NDP, the proclamation of April as Sikh Heritage month recognizes the important contributions that Sikh Canadians have made to Ontario’s social, economic, political and cultural fabric.

“Sikh Canadians have lived in Ontario since the middle of the 20th century,” said Singh. “They represent a growing and dynamic population. Sikh Canadians have made significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of Ontario and that’s what we’re celebrating this month.” – Jagmeet Singh, NDP MPP

April was specifically chosen given its importance for Sikhs, as it is in April that Sikh Canadians celebrate Vaisakhi, which marks the formalization of the Khalsa and the Sikh articles of faith.Sikh Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate our future generations and society at large about Sikh Canadians and the important role that they play in communities across Ontario.

 

 

Celebrate Sikh Heritage Month this April at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives

BRAMPTON, ON. (Mar. 27, 2015) – The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) launches its newest community collaboration for the month of April. All PAMA visitors can enjoy FREE general admission in April courtesy of The Sikh Foundation of Canada. Connect with your neighbours this April and experience The Spirit of the Sikhs through art and history exhibitions, performances and interactive demonstrations. PAMA will host an entire month of special events and activities for the entire community to take part in!

Thursday evenings at PAMA are the place to be this April! Join us for a variety of fantastic entertainment from open mic night hosted by popular Punjabi artist Fateh Doe, a spoken word evening and film night profiling works by local artists.

Weekends in April will be packed with family fun, discussion and exciting exploration. There is something for everyone from kids and adult yoga with Guru Fatha Singh, to family art exploration, play time and story time with the Khalsa

 

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