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‪Honoured to be at International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Rally

It was an honour to share some words to mark “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination” yesterday in Whitehorse, Yukon.

It was amazing to listen to other wonderful speakers like Lillian, Paul, Yvonne, Elder Smith, and Yukon Commissioner too.

It was also wonderful to see mayor of Whitehorse Dan Curtis, Minister John Streicker, Minister Jeanie Dendys, director of Yukon Human Rights Commission Jessica Lott Thompson, Councillor Jocelyn Curteanu, Councillor Roslyn Woodcock and many other friends joining in, braving the cold in such a heavy snowy day.

Thanks to Yukon Human Rights Commission, Yukon Federal of Labour, for organizing the rally.

Later, it was also a powerful moment to witness Yukon Legislative Assembly honouring “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination”.

Thank you, all the members from Yukon NDP, Yukon Liberal Party, and Yukon Party, for sharing beautiful words to mark the day in the assembly.

(Photo by courtesy Jocelyn Curteanu)

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Watson Lake Secondary School | Yukon | Pink Shirt Day Video | Anti-Bullying Awareness

Watson Lake Secondary School | Yukon | Pink Shirt Day Video | Anti-Bullying Awareness

During the Pink Shirt Day, on February 28, 2018,  at Watson Lake Secondary School in the Yukon, Canada, Gurdeep Pandher and school students wore pink shirts and danced Bhangra together under the slogan “Nice Needs No Filter”. This special event was held to raise anti-bullying awareness in our schools, homes, workplaces and online. We all need to stand together against bullies.

Sometimes, mental health conditions or unhealthy upbringing or peer pressures can create bullies too. So, we need more mental health education and practitioners to study the behaviour so that the best measures are adopted to prevent it.

Everyone deserves safe spaces to live their lives to the fullest.

Starring:
Gurdeep Pandher

Other Participants:
Sue Rudd, Tarah Boone, Seth Boss, Adam Cook-Lamha, Amber Dickson, Christopher Dickson, Trynaty Durante, Kate Durocher, Cassandra Hanchar, Jennifer Kroeker, Marshal Law, Jordan Lehune, Eric Lewis, Levi Lutz-Dennis, Taylor MacLeod, Brett Marko-Wolftail, Philippe Mass, Juanita Olson, Racheyll Stewart, Mitcheal Stubenberg, Nicole Tibbett, Shilo Ouellette, Michelle Bakos, Sue Chief, Terri Lee Skerry and Max, Laurel Cole

Music and Lyrics:
Gurdeep Pandher

Vocals:
Gurdeep Pandher, Sue Rudd and School Students

Lyrics:-
Nice needs no filter
It really needs no filter
Nice means embrace all
Love all and respect all
All colours are beautiful
All choices are beautiful
It’s Ok to be different
It’s OK to feel different
Be unique Be yourself
Dance together and create friendships
Treat others equally
Think about your words and actions
Don’t be a bully
We all are people
We all are the same
Love everyone for who they are
Live without judgement
Love all people
Let’s stop bullying
Let’s end bullying forever
Nice needs no filter


Watch it on Facebook:-

https://www.facebook.com/GurdeepPandher/videos/2021128481250920/


Watson Lake Secondary School | Yukon | Pink Shirt Day Video | Anti-Bullying Awareness
Watson Lake Secondary School | Yukon | Pink Shirt Day Video | Anti-Bullying Awareness

Students and Gurdeep Pandher working on song vocals in the school gym
Students and Gurdeep Pandher working on the song vocals in the school gym

Gurdeep Pandher and Sue Rudd from Watson Lake Community Hospital outside of the Watson Lake Secondary School
Gurdeep Pandher and Sue Rudd from Watson Lake Community Hospital outside of the Watson Lake Secondary School

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Hockey-Bhangra Video and Good Deeds Recognized in ‪Yukon Legislative Assembly‬

Our team work for good deeds via Whitehorse Minor Hockey (PNW Group) and bringing/celebrating diversity together via bhangra in Yukon has been recognized in the Yukon Legislative Assembly today! Our collaboration Hockey-Bhangra video has been watched 150,000 times via YouTube and Facebook combined.

Thank you, MLA Kate White and MLA Paolo Gallina, for encouraging words in the assembly!

Here is the the video we all made together:-

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Thank you, Squamish, for generous love!

All big bhangra smiles| Photo by Sara Stuart

It was my pure honour to see so many amazing people at “Bhangra Dance and Fitness Workshop”, which I organized at Squamish Dance Centre in Squamish, BC on March 3rd, 2018. Thank you so much, Squamish’s beautiful souls, for so much love and respect to my work. I truly felt blessed with your wonderful presence at my gathering! For me, it was a delightful moment to share the gift of bountiful happiness, high-energy workouts, active-and-simple living, togetherness, and positive dance energy with you lovely folks of Sea to Sky Country.

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Pink Shirt Day in Watson Lake, Yukon

Students and Gurdeep Pandher working on song vocals in the school gym

Today, at Watson Lake Secondary School, we wore pink shirts and danced Bhangra on Pink Shirt Day to raise awareness to stop bullying in our schools, homes, workplaces and online. Thank you, Watson Lake, for inviting me and hosting such wonderful event for this very important cause. We all need to stand together against bullies and everyone deserves safe and healthy spaces to live their lives to the fullest.

#PinkShirtDay

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Participated in the citizenship study guide roundtable with Yukon MP

Participated in the citizenship study guide roundtable with Yukon MP

On behalf of Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, Yukon’s Member of Parliament Hon. Larry Bagnell organized a roundtable in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory to seek views of Yukon’s cultural organizations this week on the citizenship study guide. It was wonderful to share thoughts on the behalf of Sikh and Punjabi community of the Yukon.

Participated in the citizenship study guide roundtable with Yukon MP | Photos by: Larry Bagnell
Participated in the citizenship study guide roundtable with Yukon MP | Photos by: Larry Bagnell

The MP informed the participating community representatives that the Government of Canada was working on updating the citizenship study guide to ensure it is more inclusive and reflective of Canadian diversity and our indigenous history.

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Thank you, Yukoners!

Although I felt honoured that our CBC recently wrote that “Gurdeep Pandher, who could be considered Yukon’s most famous person on social media”. But you know what, being famous is Ok, having half-million fans is Ok too, more important is being “loved”, “respected” and “being truly accepted”. Love, respect, and acceptance I felt after my videos went viral have been more important to me and I am thankful to Yukoners and Canadians from far-away places for sending tremendous love and respect. Otherwise, just being famous would have been meaningless! Many folks such as “Trumps” and “Fords” are very famous on social media, but they couldn’t earn respect and “a place” in people’s hearts! I just feel happy that people invite me to their homes/places and talk to me like fellow humans and let me feel a part of their families and spaces. Then I feel that I’ve many homes, away from my home❤! I do acknowledge that social media played a significant role in the development of my work and brand, but that would have been no use If I would not have received your true love ❤ !

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We did it – Bhangra – Dance of Punjab 2017

Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography

“Bhangra – Dance of Punjab 2017” concert in Whitehorse, Yukon was amazingly successful and wonderful! Inspired by our slogan “Diversity Over Division”, we have put together a show displaying that we can do things together!

We presented a show displaying that we can do things together! It was a fully Made-in-Yukon show. We had 90 performers, all Yukoners and 350 people came to watch it in the middle of busy December month.

And we showcased harmony in the Yukon diversity! We presented our Sikh-Punjabi culture in an exquisitely beautiful way and also blended it with many other Yukon cultures and arts. And we all did it together. We presented many arts from bhangra to Fiddleheads tunes, Celtic bhangra with Crooked folk, bhangra by the Yukon youth from EMYS, bhangra by Yukon College staff, bhangra-blues fusion mix dance, and many more things. We also screened 4 Yukon made viral bhangra videos. The mayor Mr. Dan Curtis learned once again on the stage how to wear a Sikh turban. We also had bhangra dance party after the concert. And thorough this show, the Yukon gave a great message to the world that “Diversity is over division” and we all are one.

And we succeeded in delivering the core message of acceptance of all the styles, choices, ideas, and diversity to the world, right from our Yukon stage!

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Connected Cultures – A Gurdeep Pandher and Fiddleheads Collaboration

Connecting cultures | Find a common ground

A Film to Display Canadian Cultural Mosaic

Punjabi Bhangra Dance, Fiddle Music, Punjabi Musical Instrument Tumbi, Highland Dancers, Live Music, and some other cultural beauties – In this 4-minute film, you will find many elements woven together.

This film is a collaboration between Gurdeep Pandher and the Yukon’s Fiddleheads to celebrate Canadian cross-cultural friendship. When we share our cultures with each other, we understand each other better, and make cross-cultural connections stronger. In this short dance and music film, we included Bhangra dance, fiddle music, Punjabi musical instrument Tumbi, highland dance, Sikh culture, and some other cultural and aesthetic arts. Cultures have been an integral part of human evolution and also kept us connected. Every country, region, faith or group have their cultures, which they celebrate and also remains a good formation of their life style. Cultures created events, festivals, folk-fairs, house-concerts and other reasons for people to come together at one place and celebrate doing fun activities which keep them entertained, make them motivated, keep them connected with their roots, remind them about their folk-traditions, and also unite them with theirs and other cultures.

Gurdeep Pandher is grateful to Keitha Clark, the head of Fiddleheads, for a wonderful team-work during the making of this film and playing a great role in this collaboration.

One of other major thanks is due to Gurdeep’s dance partner Monique Chatterton for learning and dancing bhangra along him.

The whole film team is very much thankful to Yukon Transportation Museum in Whitehorse for donating their space for free to shoot this film.

About Fiddleheads:- The Fiddleheads are celebrating 20 years of entertaining Yukon audiences this season. Founded in 1998 by Trish Barclay, the group creates original theatre productions, organizes barn dances, hosts jams, and works with other youth fiddle groups in the territory. The Fiddleheads have provided a first experience for many young Yukon musicians to develop their talents and expand their skills. Through the years, the group has performed everywhere from the Canada Winter Games to the Commissioner’s Christmas Party. Last year they released A Yukon Fiddle Celebration, an album of tunes from the repertoires of traditional fiddlers from across the territory.

About Gurdeep Pandher: Gurdeep Pandher is the Whitehorse (Yukon, Canada) based Bhangra artist and author. The works of art he created in order to bring people from all backgrounds together and promote inclusivity and diversity have gone viral and been published internationally. His performances and videos crossed many borders and were watched by millions from all over the world. Gurdeep’s works have been published by BBC News, CBC National, The Globe and Mail, Global News, CTV News, USA Today, SBS Australia, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Russian state media, Reuters News Agency and many international media organizations.

Last note: This is our multicultural Canada – we have different roots, cultures and backgrounds, but at the end of day we are all ONE CANADA.

The video can viewed from the following social media links:-

  1. YouTube
  2. Facebook

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Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhangra to benefit Yukon Hospital Foundation

It was an amazing evening with bhangra performance, music and delicious food. Around 400 people came to attend it at Convention Centre (Coast High Country Inn) in Whitehorse on November 25, 2017 to benefit the Yukon Hospital Foundation!

Krisandra Reid joined Gurdeep Pandher as his co-performer for bhangra dance.

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