The Canadian Sikh community in Lower Mainland – a name commonly applied to the areas around and in Vancouver, British Columbia, have come together to offer services such as help with housing, schooling, food and clothing, to support the Syrian refugees who are expected to arrive in Canada over the next few months.
Randeep Sarai a Surrey Centre MP said ‘The Sikh community themselves came to Canada in many different ways from the early 1900s and onwards and whether immigrants came from India or were refugees in tumultuous times during the 80s, the Sikh and Canadian way was always to give them a home, and help feed them.
Some Sikh organisations have also expressed a desire to help in resettling the refugees and various services like free tuition at a Khalsa school for a year, meals, clothing and blankets for 2000 refugees will be offered to the refugees from many gurdwaras, as will transportation and medical services. They also have Arabic speaking teachers and interfaith tuition’s will be offered.
Canada’s federal government plans to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees by the New Year.