Understanding Hate Series – The Gift of Our Wounds

October 4, 2019

The Gift of Our Wounds—A Sikh and a former white supremacist find forgiveness after hate.

Rooted in storytelling, this presentation leads people to realize every opportunity to practice compassion by exploring their own experiences of suffering and bearing witness to the suffering of others. The story is one of triumph of love over hate and of two men who breached a great divide to find compassion and forgiveness.

About The Gift of Our Wounds: When white supremacist Wade Michael Page murdered six people and wounded four in a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin in 2012, Pardeep Kaleka was devastated. The temple leader, now dead, was his father. His family, who had immigrated to the U.S. from India when Pardeep was young, had done everything right. Why was this happening to him? Meanwhile, Arno Michaelis, a former skinhead and founder of one of the largest racist skinhead organizations in the world, had spent years of his life committing terrible acts in the name of white power. When he heard about the attack, waves of guilt washing over him, he knew he had to take action and fight against the very crimes he used to commit.


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This event is in partnership with the City of Edmonton.

Office of Human Rights, Diversity and Equity


Event Details

Date October 4, 2019
Start Time 6:30 p.m.
End Time 8:30 p.m.
Location CN Theatre (Building 5)
Room 5-142
City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
Event Type Lecture/speaker/presentation
Contact Person OHRDE
Contact Phone 780-633-3709
Contact Email humanrights@macewan.ca