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Dec 2012

Ontario’s Sikh Student Associations (SSAs) begin discussing the creation of an umbrella organization to serve Sikhs across the province.

June 2013

After months of planning, the Sikh Youth Federation (“SYF”) is launched at the first Sikh Students Camp (now known as SYF Camp)

Aug 2013

SYF hosts Bhai Jagraj Singh’s (Basics of Sikhi) first Toronto tour.

Sep 2013

SYF spearheads Mata Khivi Month - the first Canada wide initiative amongst the country’s SSAs.

Nov 2013

The “A Candle in the Dark” exhibition is hosted outside of the UK for the first time and SYF’s first High School SSA is launched at Louise Arbour Secondary School

Jan 2014

SYF hosts its first TGIF Kirtan. Running over the course of a year, the monthly programs host Bibi Jasmine Kaur’s first katha, become home to Sikh 2 Inspire’s first Toronto tour, and see appearances by Ragi Bhai Harbaljeet Singh and Giani Sukha Singh (UK).

Feb 2014

The first Inter-SSA Dodgeball Tournament is hosted at Harold Brathwaite Secondary School. York SSA takes home its first championship.

Mar 2014

The first Sikhi Awareness Month is hosted in Ontario. With over 20 events packed into 31 days, the initiative sees volunteers travel up and down the east coast from Western University in London, Ontario, to McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

June 2014

SYF Camp goes international with the arrival of Bhai Sukha Singh (UK) and Bhai Jagraj Singh (Basics of Sikhi) as camp leaders. The success of the camp leads both to include it in their annual schedules from there on out.

July 2014

Vidhia Academy - a two month summer program dedicated to teaching Sikhi to children - is launched

Aug 2014

The first I Am Kaur Camp is hosted in Goderich, Ontario.

Sep 2014

Sikh students from Nova Scotia and Alberta bring Mata Khivi Month to their provinces and SYF travels to Ottawa for the first #LangarOnTheHill.

Oct 2014

To mark the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Sikh Genocide, SYF organizes the #30YearsOf84 campaign. With the support of Sikh organizations and artists across North America and Europe, the campaign goes viral and attracts the support of Canadian parliamentarians, councillors, and mayors.

Nov 2014

SYF launches weekly drop-in basketball sessions for all youth, regardless of faith, background, or gender.

Dec 2014

SYF visits Quebec in support of Sikh Youth Montreal’s first 4 Days 4 Sikhi Camp in Lasalle

Feb 2015

Ryerson SSA takes home the second annual Inter-SSA Dodgeball Championship

Mar 2015

The first Sikhia is hosted in Brampton, Ontario as a day long career development conference. The initiative is transformed into the Sikhia Career Development Retreat beginning in 2017 and is now hosted annually over a three day period in Toronto, Ontario.

May 2015

CP24 joins us at Turban Up and makes it the first Canadian Sikhi Awareness initiative to see continuous live coverage on a mainstream television network.

June 2015

SYF Camp begins to take on a truly international character as 2015 sees campers come together from Ontario, Quebec, BC, the United Kingdom, California, New York, and Michigan. Jasmine Kaur completes her first international parchar trip with a visit to California’s Virsa Retreat.

July 2015

SSA’s expand into 10 different high schools in Ontario and host a kirtan in memory of Shaheed Bhai Mani Singh.

Aug 2015

The second annual I am Kaur Camp is hosted in Arden, Ontario, and SYF launches its weekly Gurmukhi, Kirtan, Tabla, and Gurbani Santhia classes, hosted every Sunday at Nanaksar Thath Isher Darbar in Brampton (Gore Road).

Oct 2015

SYF organizes Dasam Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji santhia classes with Giani Bhagwan Singh Ji, a Q&A panel with Giani Kulwant Singh Ji (Ludhiana), a kirtan program with Bhai Niranjan Singh Ji (Javaddi Taksali), and an interfaith symposium with the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.

Nov 2015

Giani Harsimran Singh Ji Ambala (son of Giani Sher Singh Ji) joins SYF for his first Toronto tour.

Dec 2015

Giani Sher Singh Ji (Ambala) arrives in Toronto for a three week tour, including a stop at the annual SYF Family Camp. The High School SSA’s host their first Downtown Seva Initiative - a yearly effort dedicated to providing the less fortunate with the necessities of life.

Jan 2016

Bhai Sukha Singh Ji (UK) kicks off his fifth katha tour with SYF

Feb 2016

Waterloo-Laurier SSA takes homes the third annual Inter-SSA Dodgeball Championship

Mar 2016

SYF hosts its first international Dastar Day at the Ross University School of Medicine in the Caribbean and organizes langar for the Black Lives Matter Tent City

May 2016

Bhai Jagraj Singh (Basics of Sikhi) arrives in Toronto to lead parchaar at the third annual Turban Up! August 2016 - Swami Ram Singh Ji and Giani Kuldeep Singh Ji visit Toronto for their first SYF Camp. Both continue their relationship with SYF thereafter with Vedant and Santhia classes for Ontario’s Sikh youth.

Decr 2016

In memory of the Chhotey Sahibzadey, 150 high school students gather in Toronto to spread warmth and provide less fortunate Canadians with the necessities of life.

Feb 2017

Sheridan SSA takes home the fourth annual Inter-SSA Dodgeball Championship

Mar 2017

SYF hosts it first Family Camp at Sri Guru Singh Sabha Malton

May 2017

The first Sikhia Career Development Retreat is held over three days in Toronto, Ontario, and the Sikhia Alumni Network is born. The fourth annual Turban Up is held at Yonge and Dundas Square.

June 2017

Sikh youth in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, and California coordinate to host youth Akhand Paths in memory of June 1984’s Shaheeds.

July 2017

The first Experience Sikhi Samagam is held in Caledon, Ontario, with kirtanis and kathavachiks attending from around the world. Visiting parchariks included Bhai Sukha Singh Ji (UK), Swami Ram Singh Ji, Bhai Niranjan Singh Ji (Javaddi Taksal), Bhai Jujhar Singh Ji (Hazoori Ragi Sr Darbar Sahib), Bibi Jasmine Kaur Ji, Bhai Balbir Singh Ji (UK), Bhai Navreet Singh Ji, Bibi Satnam Kaur Ji, and Bhai Anantvir Singh Ji

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FUSCE FINIBUS PHARETRA

Values

  • ਮਨ ਮਹਿ ਚਿਤਵਉ ਚਿਤਵਨੀ ਉਦਮੁ ਕਰਉ ਉਠਿ ਨੀਤ

    If we ever feel completely satisfied, we haven’t set the bar high enough. We will always strive to improve and look for the next mountain to conquer.

    Never Stop Improving
  • ਸੁਖੀ ਬਸੈ ਮੋਰੋ ਪਰਿਵਾਰਾ

    It is our duty to use our mind, body, and wealth for the betterment of the Panth. Whether at home, at work, or in the community, we will uplift fellow Sikhs and create opportunities to foster success

    Work Toward the Panth’s Prosperity
  • ਨਾਨਕ ਦਾਸੁ ਮੁਖ ਤੇ ਜੋ ਬੋਲੈ ਈਹਾ ਊਹਾ ਸਚੁ ਹੋਵੈ

    The traditions and values of the Panth are eternal. We will always be cognizant of these ingrained principles, implement them in our events and initiatives, and share them with the wider community.

    Respecting Puraatan Sikh Traditions and Values
  • ਪੂਰਨ ਜੋਤਿ ਜਗੈ ਘਟ ਮੈ ਤਬ ਖਾਲਸ ਤਾਹਿ ਨ ਖਾਲਸ ਜਾਨੈ

    The image of a Sikh should be affiliated with the teachings of our Gurus. We will shatter the negatives that have become associated with the Sikh identity and help all Sikhs become ambassadors of their faith.

    Transform Sikhi into a Cultural Norm
  • ਖੰਨਿਅਹੁ ਤਿਖੀ ਵਾਲਹੁ ਨਿਕੀ ਏਤੁ ਮਾਰਗਿ ਜਾਣਾ

    Each and every aspect of Sikhi is unique. We strive to not only walk on this unique path ourselves, but to push the envelope, create unique opportunities, and fill voids in our community along the way.

    Be Unique

ORGANISATION STRUCTURE

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Spiritual Development

 

The prosperity of the Sikh community is dependant on its understanding and practice of the Guru’s teachings. Accordingly, Experience Sikhi creates resources, implements creative ideas, and leads initiatives to make Sikhi accessible to all Canadians, regardless of age, location, or level of knowledge

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Professional Development

 

Every Sikh should have access to resources and opportunities that will help ensure their professional success. We aim to contribute to the growth of the community’s youth and develop Panth-focused professionals who abide by the teachings of compassion, justice, dasvand, and honest living.

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Community Development

 

Whether it’s serving the less fortunate, taking environmental action, or putting a smile on a child’s face, we strive to give back to the communities we live in and share the values of Sikhi with other Canadians.