Today is the only day I took a break from my dancing – to wear an orange shirt, to sit, reflect and think of the residential school survivors. Here is in the Yukon, and in other parts of Canada, I met some of the survivors. Their stories still pulsate my heart. Sending all of my love to them, their families and loved ones!
Old Crow is home of Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and the most northerly community in the Yukon.
In 2018, in the streets of Old Crow, I was dancing Bhangra randomly.
Then a child approached me and said, “My grandpa wants to invite you for tea”.
Devon Bidal is a journalist in Victoria, BC.
During my visit to Vancouver Island, she took a break from journalism to do what she loved doing in her earlier life.
We went to Mt. Douglas to fuse Bhangra and Highland dances for creating cross-cultural bridges and unity-in-diversity.
A conversation with Khasha in his native language Southern Tutchone at village Champagne, Yukon, Canada. Khasha learned the language of his ancestors, and now he is a Southern Tutchone teacher in nearby town Haines Junction. He also inspired me to speak in the language of my ancestors, Punjabi.
There was a geographical difference of half a globe, but the ancestors of Khasha and I had the same colonizers and our languages were hurt.
The village Champagne is located in the traditional territory of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN).
Dancing Bhangra with little humans in the forest! Thanks, the forest school in the Yukon, Rivers to Ridges, for inviting me! After dancing, I told them a story. Kids and I also discussed why inclusion, equality and respecting others are important.
Rivers to Ridges is a forest school in Whitehorse, Yukon. The school designs, supports and delivers outdoor and land-based programs for young people year-round.
As promised, I have donated 10% of the income I made through my online bhangra class to the Yukon Hospital Corporation and Yukon Hospital Foundation.
The Yukon’s 2019 Bhangra concert, created by Gurdeep Pandher, celebrated beautiful cross-cultural bonds and differences. It was a sold-out show.
Gurdeep Pandher is pleased to announce that the 2019 Bhangra Concert is happening at Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, on Saturday, November 23, 2019, from 7 PM to 9 PM. Immediately after the concert, from 9:30 PM to 11:00 PM, there will be free-style Bhangra dance with DJ Dash in the Arts Centre lobby for the audience to participate and dance along with everyone.
Canadian Armed Forces and Gurdeep Pandher collaborated to create this Punjabi Bhangra dance video to celebrate diversity and inclusion in The Canadian Forces. Soldiers from different backgrounds make “One Force” with “One Love” for Canada and Canadians. Share it to celebrate “Diversity in our National Defence and Military”!
Tonight, 7 PM at Old Fire Hall, please come to watch our Neechie-itas (Indigenous Play Reading Series), brought to you by Gwaandak Theatre and directed by Véronique Lachance. I am honoured to be a part of it along with this great cast.