Ottawa: Tim Uppal, Minister of State for Multiculturalism, was pleased to participate in ‘Langar’ on the Hill, which brought Canadians together to learn about Sikhism. This all-day event in celebration of Sikh Awareness took place in the heart of Canada’s capital on the steps of Parliament Hill with a variety of activities.
“I would like to thank the many young Sikh volunteers from the Sikh Youth Foundation for their work to make this day possible,” said Minister Uppal. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Canadians of all faiths and backgrounds to come together and learn about their Sikh neighbors. In Canada, our diversity is one of our greatest strengths and it is events such as this, which help to foster and enhance a greater understanding of our different cultures.”
Free food (Langar) was distributed to all who attended, which included Ministers and members of the Conservative Government, as well as Members of Parliament from all parties.
“Langar”, is the concept of “free kitchen” and is a regular practice in Sikh institutions of worship (Gurudwaras). Langar symbolizes equality of all as everyone sits on the floor together to eat a vegetarian meal regardless of background.
Attendees were also given the opportunity to have a Dastaar (Turban) tied on their heads.