As a federally recognized month, Sikh Heritage Month celebrates the deep and rich roots of the Sikh community in Canada. With the largest Sikh population outside of Punjab, the month of April aims to recognize the contributions of Sikh Canadians in the social, political, economic and cultural spheres of Canada. As Sikhs have been an integral part of building British Columbia for over 100 years, this workshop will delve deeper into the historical, current and future impact of Sikhs. We will share lesson plans designed by teachers for the classroom that span all grade levels with a focus on core competencies as well as the First Peoples’ Principals' of Learning as we explore the contributions of Sikhs in British Columbia.
Anupreet Kaur Bal is a high school Math teacher in Surrey, British Columbia. She has a passion for helping children and youth develop into lifelong learner. Whether it’s in a Math or Sikh classroom, Anu strives to create an environment that encourages curiosity, wonder and love for everything that children are surrounded by in their worlds. Aside from teaching, Anu has been involved in working with the Ministry of Education to write curriculum for Math grades 10-12. Anu holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Kinesiology, a B.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics and a master's degree in Mathematics Education from Simon Fraser University. Anu has been working with the Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) since 2007, a global organization that strives to make Sikh education accessible to all. She is a member of the Advisory Council and is currently the coordinator for the annual leadership program, Sidak, a two-week intensive program that explores personal and community development through a Sikh lens. Along with a group of amazing SikhRI volunteers, she is a part of planning and arranging events for the local community. When not at school or working on SikhRI events, Anu spends time with her two favourite people, her nieces and together they get into all kinds of shenanigans.
Jasleen Kaur Sidhu is a Social Studies and English teacher in the Surrey School District. As a TOC in the district, Jasleen has taught in a variety of schools which allowed her to see the diversity in the many schools in Surrey both at the elementary and secondary levels. Jasleen has a BA in English and History from Simon Fraser University. While completing her BEd., Jasleen had the opportunity to teach in India as part of the International Teacher Education Module (ITEM) where she taught Tibetan refugee students in Himachal Pradesh, India. Jasleen is a founding member and a current director of Sikh Heritage Month BC which was established in 2018. Over the past two years, Sikh Heritage Month has offered a wide range of events which have brought various community groups and organizations under one umbrella for the month of April. As a teacher, Jasleen focuses on inclusion and building community. Jasleen likes to unwind from a busy day by reading a good book or baking something delicious.