The WSO said that in the wake of misleading reporting and false allegations of extremism and radicalism, Sikh Canadians came together and spoke out against the misleading narrative created by a small group of reporters. The WSO launched the #AskCanadianSikhs campaign on social media which saw an overwhelming response from Sikhs across the country. The community challenged reports of rising extremism and demanded that Sikh voices be included by reporters writing stories about the community.
WSO board member Jaskaran Sandhu wrote an opinion piece entitled “Sikh Perspective Too Often Missing From Canadian Coverage of Sikhs” that was published on Canadaland (http://www.canadalandshow.
WSO’s effort to give Canadian Sikhs a voice through the #AskCanadianSikhs campaign caught the attention of many in the Canadian media and has been acknowledged by some as a turning point for Sikhs in Canada.
Charlie Smith of the Georgia Straight wrote: “I feel we’re witnessing a watershed moment in the assertion of Sikh identity in Canada. It’s modern. It’s smart. It’s sophisticated. And to anyone paying attention, it’s clear that Sikhs are not going to quietly put up with the reductionist stereotyping that their parents and grandparents endured from the media in bygone eras.”
* Friday, April 6: Edmonton at 10111 Ellerslie Road Southwest from 5:30-8 p.m.
* Saturday, April 7: Surrey at Bollywood Banquet Hall, 201 8166, 128th Street, Surrey, B.C. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
*Sunday, April 8: Brampton at Peel Art Gallery, Museum + Archives, 9 Wellington Street East from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
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