April 7, 2022
Treaty 1 and Dakota Territory, Homeland of the Red River Métis, Winnipeg MB – One week into Sikh Heritage Month, the NDP’s bill to mark April 13 as Turban Day passed second reading. The bill was introduced by Diljeet Brar, who is Sikh and is the first turban wearing Punjabi member of the Manitoba Legislature.
“This is an exciting achievement for the Sikh community and our province as a whole,” said Brar. “The turban is an important symbol for many Sikh Canadians. It signifies self-respect, courage and equality. But unfortunately, it is also a target for racism and discrimination. By marking April 13 as Turban Day, we can teach others about the importance of the turban and celebrate our Sikh heritage. By bringing and families together in learning and celebration, Turban Day will help end racism against Sikh Manitobans.”
In 2019 the Manitoba NDP worked with the Sikh community on a bill to make April Sikh heritage month. The bill passed unanimously.
“The Turban Day bill builds on our work with the Sikh community to celebrate their contributions to Manitoba and teach others about Sikh culture,” said Wab Kinew. “Our NDP caucus is proud to work alongside Sikh leaders and community members to promote awareness of Sikh traditions and make Manitoba a safer and more inclusive province for everyone.”