These are all the events celebrating Sikh Heritage Month in BC

Apr 1 2019, 5:20 pm


April is officially Sikh Heritage Month in BC and for the next few weeks, you’ll be able to learn more about the Sikh religion and the rich cultural history of the Sikh people.

Sikh Heritage Month was first recognized in Ontario in 2013. In 2017, former BC premier Christy Clark officially declared April as Sikh Heritage Month in the province.

The organizers behind Sikh Heritage Month are the Sikh Students’ Associations at UBC and SFU. The groups have put together a series of exciting and informative panels, workshops, and events to celebrate the contributions of all Sikh- Canadians and to develop a greater understanding of Sikhism.


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“Sikhs have been in BC for over 100 years and this is an opportunity to showcase their contribution to economic, social and cultural fabric of the province. This initiative is meant to help create awareness and appreciate for Sikhi in Canada,” said event organizers.

Sikh Heritage Month’s wide array of events include host “Histories, Mysteries and Mischief: A Walking Tour of Kitsilano” hosted by historian and playwright Paneet Singh and Milan Singh. Attendees will uncover an era when sawmills and Sikh homes lined False Creek, and Sikh-Canadians faced key struggles such as regaining the right to vote, immigration reform, and labour unrest.

The World Sikh Organization will host “KaursVote” to encourage political participation of Sukh women and the local and federal level.

The Sikh Research Institute has organized a #MeToo panel to discuss what the movement would look like in the Sikh community.

A Finale Gala on April 26 at Aria Banquet Hall will close off the month with a keertan (spiritual poetry sung to music) on Sunday, April 28.

April also marks the celebration of Vaisakhi, an event which honours the creation of the Khalsa in Sikhism. Vancouver and Surrey both host Vaisakhi parades, which are the biggest in North America.

Sikh Heritage Month Events:

SikhRI: Naujavan Sojhi — Love

Where: Museum of Surrey — 17710 56a Ave, Surrey

When:  Saturday, April 6, 2019

Time: 3:30 to 5:30 pm

SikhRI: #MeToo Presentation

Where: Museum of Surrey — 17710 56a Ave, Surrey

When:  Saturday, April 6, 2019

Time: 6 to 8 pm

Khalsa School: 5K for 5KS Walk/ Run

Where: Khalsa Secondary School — 10589 124 Street, Surrey

When:  Sunday, April 7, 2019

Time: 9 am to 1 pm

Book Launch: Duty, Honour and Izzat

Where: Ross Street Gurdwara Sahib — 8000 Ross Street, Vancouver

When:  Sunday, April 7, 2019

Time: 1:30 to 2:30 pm

KaurVotes: Sikh Women in Politics Panel

Where: Strawberry Hill Library — 7399 122 Street, Surrey

When:  Sunday, April 7, 2019

Time: 2 to 4 pm

GNA Talks

Where: Museum of Surrey — 17710 56a Ave, Surrey

When:  Sunday, April 13, 2019

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm

AKJ: Rainsbaaee (Overnight) Kirtan

Where: Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara — 7050 120 Street, Surrey


Time: 7 pm (April 13) to 4 am (April 14)

Akal Khalsa: Gatka Tournament

Where: Dasmesh Darbar  — 12885 85 Avenue, Surrey


Time: 9 am to 1:30 pm

Seva with Pat at GNFK

Where: 401 Main Street, Vancouver

When: Sunday, April 21

Time: 12 to 2 pm

Muskaan Foundation: Blood and Stem Cell Drive

Where: BC Children’s Hospital — 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver

When: Monday, April 22, 2019

Time: 12 to 2 pm

Gobind Sarvar: Roots of Wellness

Where: Darbar Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji — 8820 168 Street, Surrey

When: Monday, April 22, 2019

Time: 5 to 7:30 pm

SHM: Finale Gala

Where: Aria Banquet Hall — 12350 Pattullo Place, Surrey

When: Friday, April 26, 2019

Time: 5:30 to 9 pm

Nameless Collective: Walking Tour

Where: 1866 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019

Time: 1:30 to 3 pm

SHM: Finale Keertan

Where: Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara Surrey — 7050 120 Street, Surrey

When: Saturday, April 28, 2019

Time: 6 to 10 pm