These are some Sikh Canadians that highlight the appeal of Sikhi across gender, racial, or socio-economic lines.
Harman Kaur is Sikh-Canadian poet writing about feminism, punjabi culture, and Sikhi. Kaur seeks to bring awareness to issues faced by South Asian/Sikh women in Punjabi culture. Her work is inspired by "Gurbani (Sikh scriptures and poetry) and Sikh history.
Pat Singh Cheung
Pat Singh Chueng has been a volunteer with Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen (GNFK) for many years. GNFK brings the practice of Langar – (free food, the communal kitchen and selfless service of humanity) – to different communities. Our volunteers serve, and more importantly engage with a extend this true Sikh spirit of helping those in need regardless of caste, colour, creed, and economic status. For the Sikh community, this project is not missionary in nature, the purpose is find common ground and serve - whether it is food or comfort or company. Catch Pat on April 21st, a Sunday morning, as he serves those in need in the downtown East side.
Jai is a third-year science student at SFU and an aspiring medical doctor. Jai is an accomplished karate athlete as a six time provincial gold medalist, two time national bronze medalist and national gold medalist in 2018, along with international bronze medals at the US Open and Commonwealth Karate Championships. Among other activities, Jai volunteers regularly to coach young karate athletes and engage with disabled children at Sunny Hill Hospital. As a Sikh, Jai wears a turban over his uncut hair, and a scarf (patka) when playing sports. In 2016 Jai traveled to Croatia to compete in his first international tournament outside of North America but was told he could not compete with his patka due to World Karate Federation (WKF) competition rules. While Jai was granted an exemption in that case upon the request of the Karate Canada president and Team Canada coaches, this incident inspired Jai to advocate for a permanent change in WKF rules. Jai worked with the World Sikh Organization and Karate Canada to submit a formal request to WKF, which was supported by the Canadian Minister of Sport and many others . The WKF accepted the rule change request, effective January 1, 2019, to allow both male and female athletes to wear approved head wear in karate competition. This rule change will apply to all levels of competition, international, national and local.
Tiaga Prem Singh
Tiaga Prem (Formerly known as Reno Muenz) is the Director of Dharma Temple. He has spent 20 years uncovering what it means to live a spiritually inspired-conscious life. He believes every student has the capacity to step into the role of the yoga master.
Tiaga Prem seeks to help individuals develop a deeper understanding of yoga and how it works by guiding through yoga philosophy programs as well as kriya and meditation sadhanas.