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.
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.
On Friday, I had a great honour to deliver my speech on “Diversity and Inclusion” to RCMP (Canadian Police) officers at RCMP building in Whitehorse. I felt touched that for nearly 40 minutes, the officers listened to my talk and made efforts to learn what diversity and inclusion means.
It was -30 in Whitehorse, Yukon today. Before, it has been up to -38 too. And it was 60th day of strike. Since November 2018, these employees of Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services in Whitehorse have been braving the torturous northern cold weather to stand everyday outside their work place for their demands. I felt their pain and decided to join them. Please support them!
BLACK/BROWN LIVES MATTER: Gurdeep Pandher stands in support and solidarity with all others denouncing racism. Gurdeep Pandher stands with those who experience marginalization, repression, and violence because of the colour of their skin. He thinks that it is not just important; it is now the urgency of the present time to build cross-cultural bridges and understanding.