World Sikh Or­ga­ni­za­tion con­demns racist van­dal­ism of Kelowna gur­d­wara

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Kelowna: The World Sikh Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Canada con­demns the racist van­dal­ism of the Gur­d­wara Guru Amar­das Dar­bar Sikh So­ci­ety in Kelowna, Bri­tish Columbia. The racist graf­fiti was dis­cov­ered on Mon­day as a con­gre­ga­tion was start­ing.

The WSO has been in con­tact with mem­bers of the Guru Amar­das Dar­bar Sikh So­ci­ety gur­d­wara, in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Tarsem Singh, and of­fered sup­port and as­sis­tance in deal­ing with this in­ci­dent.

The gur­d­wara has been tar­geted once in the past with van­dal­ism, how­ever po­lice were not con­tacted at that time.

The gur­d­wara gate is open daily from 5.15 a.m. un­til 8.30 p.m. WSO’S Vice-pres­i­dent for Bri­tish Columbia, Aman­preet Singh Hun­dal, also a Kelowna res­i­dent, said, “it is dis­ap­point­ing that th­ese sorts of in­ci­dents con­tinue to take place. We be­lieve it is ig­no­rance and fear that drives racism and the Sikh com­mu­nity will con­tinue to reach out to ed­u­cate and build bridges de­spite in­ci­dents like this. Lo­cal gur­d­waras in Kelowna reg­u­larly host high school stu­dents for tours and in­for­ma­tion ses­sions on the Sikh faith and those will con­tinue. Who­ever van­dal­ized the gur­d­wara would have been bet­ter served to ac­tu­ally learn more about Sikh com­mu­nity by go­ing in­side the gur­d­wara to ask ques­tions and en­joy­ing the free meal avail­able to all vis­i­tors. Kelowna is our home and racist in­ci­dents like this won’t phase us.”

The WSO en­cour­ages com­mu­nity mem­bers to re­main vig­i­lant and to re­port any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity around gur­d­waras to the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.

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