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April is Sikh Heritage Month

Friday, March 31, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB

April is Sikh Heritage Month

The TDSB is celebrating its second annual Sikh Heritage Month.

Last year, Trustees voted to designate April as Sikh Heritage Month, making TDSB the first school board in Canada to do so, and matching recognition by the Province of Ontario in 2013. As stated in the Sikh Heritage Month Act, 2013, c. 12, s. 1.:

"Sikh Canadians have lived in Ontario since the middle of the twentieth century. They represent a growing and dynamic population.  April is an important month for the Sikh community. In this month, Sikh Canadians celebrate Vaisakhi, which marks the creation of the Khalsa and the Sikh articles of faith. The Province of Ontario recognizes the important contributions that Sikh Canadians have made to Ontario’s social, economic, political and cultural fabric."

As Canada marks its 150th birthday, it is a time to reflect on both the struggles and accomplishments of the many communities that contribute to Canada’s rich cultural mosaic. From being turned away on Canada’s shores during the historic Komagata Maru incident in 1914 to the many Canadians, such as Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan, who serve the nation today, we must continue to progress.

The video below celebrates Sikh Heritage Month by showcasing some of our Sikh students and staff sharing what it means to be a Canadian:



Join us on April 5 for the Sikh Heritage Month Poster Launch!

SHMC poster


 

Join us at the Khalsa Day Parade on April 30, 2017. TDSB students, staff and community members are invited to celebrate the Sikh New Year and the establishment of the Sikh community in 1699. Join us at the CNE grounds at 1 p.m. and gather at the TDSB Sikh Heritage Booth. Please wear comfortable clothing, an orange T-shirt or other orange item and a covered head.

Khalsa Day Parade
30 April 2017
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Walk will begin at 1:00 pm starting from CNE grounds and head towards Toronto City Hall - Nathan Philips Square where the parade will end.

Principals are asked to share this with their School Council members and school community network.

For more information, please contact Gurjeet Kahlon at gurjeet.kahlon@tdsb.on.ca.

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