Gurdeep Pandher has been spreading messages of joy, hope, and inclusivity around the world through his viral YouTube videos and speaking engagements. Most of those videos, which have been hugely popular around the world, feature
Gurdeep Pandher, a Sikh-Canadian, is best known for his videos of him dancing Bhangra– the traditional folk dance of Punjab – outdoors in the breathtaking Yukon wilderness. Over time, his posts went viral and his work has been featured on CBC Yukon, CBC National, CTV National News, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, SBS Australia, and many other platforms. Even Canadian embassies abroad shared his works to showcase the wonderful side of multiculturalism that is currently present in Canada.
On his YouTube channel he also talks about his philosophy of joy, hope, positivity, and inclusivity for healing and optimism.
In the early 17th century, Olivier Le Jeune was the first documented person of African descent to live in Canada (New France) on a permanent basis and was the first person of African descent known to have been enslaved in the colony.
Today, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced the designation of Olivier Le Jeune as a person of national historic significance under the National Program of Historical Commemoration, on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
“I am honoured to commemorate the national historic significance Olivier Le Jeune, whose experiences as the first enslaved person of African descent in early Canada exemplify the struggles of Black Canadians. By sharing these stories, we hope to foster understanding and reflection on the diverse histories, cultures, legacies, and realities of Canada’s past and present and commit to do better in the future.
Honourable Steven Guilbeault,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly, visited Kyiv amid the Russian invasion to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and to reopen the Canadian embassy in Ukraine.
PM Trudeau announced new weapons for Ukraine and imposes new sanctions against Russia during his visit to Kyiv.
New official video commemorates the 14 victims and the survivors of the femicide at École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989.
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We stand with the families of the 14 victims and the survivors of the femicide at École Polytechnique in 1989. Today marks 32 years. We fully support their ongoing effort to ban all semi-automatic assault weapons. Please visit www.polyremembers.ca to learn more and donate.
We’ve created a CD, as well as a collectible Flexi Disc single, to commemorate the anniversary. All proceeds will be donated to PolyRemembers/PolySeSouvient, supporting families of the victims. This item comes bundled with a tee shirt, and will include the ‘Saskadelphia’ single, ‘Montreal’, written about the event. As well as the Juno performance of ‘It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken’ featuring Feist. To purchase and support, please head to https://thehip.com/collections/frontpage