Canada’s Surrey proclaims day in reminiscence of Sikh sufferer of racist assault
Surrey (Canada), January 8
On the twenty fifth anniversary of the brutal killing of Nirmal Singh Gill by the white supremacists, one of many quickest rising municipalities of Canada made a proclamation to acknowledge the incident.
Gill, who was a caretaker on the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey, laid down his life within the line of responsibility on January 4, 1998, when a gaggle of neo Nazis got here to assault the place of worship.
On Saturday, Mayor of Surrey, Brenda Locke, offered the proclamation to the kin of Gill at a commemorative occasion held contained in the gurdwara. Gill’s maternal grandson Paramjit Singh Sandhu got here from Toronto to simply accept the proclamation that declares January 4 as ‘Nirmal Singh Gill Day’.
Locke, who additionally addressed the congregation, was offered with a gown of honour by gurdwara officers for elevating her voice towards a controversial invoice in Quebec that prohibits folks from sporting non secular symbols in public service.
The regulation has affected turbaned Sikhs and hijab-wearing Muslim ladies, apart from different religion teams and fuelled racial tensions.
Minister of Training and Little one Care Rachna Singh, who has beforehand served as Parliamentary Secretary for anti-racism initiatives, was additionally in attendance and offered a certificates recognising the sacrifice of Gill to the temple officers for preserving the historical past of resistance towards racism alive.
Final yr, Gill’s image was put in on the seniors’ centre positioned on the temple premises.
Amongst those that paid tributes to Gill on the event was anti-hate educator and former Neo Nazi Tony McAleer.
An creator of The Treatment for Hate: A Former White Supremacist’s Journey from Violent Extremism to Radial Compassion, McAleer has visited the gurdwara up to now to repent the episode.
Though he was by no means immediately concerned, he has taken ethical duty for contributing to the hate by way of his actions that culminated into the demise of Gill. He had apologised to the son-in-law of Gill when the previous was visiting Canada in 2015. He had additionally donated cash by way of the proceeds of the sale of his e book to the gurdwara.
Imtiaz Popat, co-founder of Coalition In opposition to Bigotry, additionally spoke on the occasion. He has made a documentary on Gill.
The audio system unanimously known as upon everybody to contribute to battle again towards racism that refuses to die. A message from Gill’s daughter in India, Ranjit Kaur, was learn out on the occasion, whereas Sandhu recalled the reminiscences of the final days of his grandfather in Surrey in a choked voice.