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April to be Sikh heritage month in Canadian province

IANS  Toronto, December 12, 2013
First Published: 14:54 IST(12/12/2013) | Last Updated: 18:37 IST(12/12/2013)

April will be observed as the Sikh heritage month every year in the Canadian province of Ontario.


A bill brought by Brampton New Democrat member of provincial Parliament Jagmeet Singh to have April recognised as the Sikh heritage month was approved on Tuesday in the legislative assembly of Ontario, the Brampton Guardian reported on Thursday.

Singh had introduced the bill in the assembly in April. He said April was an important month for the Sikh community in view of the festival of Baisakhi, besides marking the creation of the Khalsa. Sikh Canadians widely celebrate Baisakhi, also known as Khalsa Day.

"This will be an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about Sikh Canadians and the important role that they have played and continue to play in communities across Ontario," Singh was quoted as saying after the bill was passed.

"Sikh Canadians have made significant contributions to Ontario's social, economic, political and cultural fabric," said Singh. Statistics Canada puts the Sikh population in Ontario at nearly 1.8 lakh, based on the 2011 National Household Survey.

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