Educating each other about culture

March 21, 2019 | Society

I wore a turban for a really long time, from when I was a child up until I was in my early teens. A turban, also known as dastaar, is a religious headwear associated with Sikhism and is an important part of the Sikh culture. The turban is an article of faith that represents honour, self-respect, courage, spirituality and piety. Sikhs regard the turban as an important part of the Sikh identity. Over generations, it has became a personal commitment. Some people decide they're going to wear it and some people decide they're not.

I decided not to make that commitment, and cut mine off, but I still think it’s important for people to learn the significance of the turban and the hijab. I believe that many people don't have that understanding. They see a piece of cloth covering someone’s head, but they don’t understand its significance.

Many people will come to our event on Friday, try wearing the turban, take a picture and post it on social media, and that's it. But what I would recommend is before wearing the turban, ask the volunteers about its history and significance. That way when people say they saw your picture on social media and ask why you decided to wear it, you will have a clear answer. That’s the point of this event – to talk about the history and understand the significance so you can educate other people about it too.

— Sunpreet, 3rd year Bachelor of Science student (psychology major) and participant in the Champions of Diversity and Equity (CODE) initiative

 Join Sunpreet and other volunteers at Turban, Eh!: Turban Understanding and Awareness and Hijab Understanding and Awareness on March 22 at the Welcome Centre in Building 6. Both events are free and open to everyone as part of EDI Week.


OHRDE Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Week feature image with dates

EDI Week 2019

Gender-based pay inequity, turban and hijab awareness, unconscious bias and Indigenous drumming — just some of the topics and events that make up Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Week.

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