How to Get Involved


Below is a compilation of camps, retreats, conferences, etc. that happen throughout the year all across the country. Many are great opportunities to get involved within the national Sikh community.

Violence, Justice and Human Rights

There have been innumerable atrocities in Punjab over the past few decades, and our community has struggled to deal with these issues and how to respond in line with our values. In this session, we will draw insights from the experiences of Guru Nanak and explore how he handled the massacres of civilians that he observed in his own life. How was he thinking about the injustices and brutalities that he witnessed, and how might that inform our own thinking?

Rewriting History

Violence targeting Sikhs did not happen in a vacuum. It is critically important that we understand the context from which the violence and animosity emerged. In this session, we will look at the various issues through the iconic and seminal document, the Anandpur Sahib Resolution. We will reflect on the grievances raised by the Sikh community prior to the events of 1984, how these public statements raised the ire of the Indian government, and how the diverse issues in the resolution are interlinked.

 

Delving into Sikh literature has long been the avenue with which Sikhs augment their knowledge and understanding of Sikh principles and history. Often used as an adjunct to the study of Gurbani, reading various works on history, philosophy and principles has allowed Sikhs to connect with and gain a greater understanding of the Guru. The SYANA Sikh youth symposium strives to foster this dedication and passion to learning amongst our Sikh youth.

 

Open to all youth ages 6-22, the symposium offers an opportunity for Sikh youth to engage with Sikh literature, spend time with their families discussing various topics and then present their new found knowledge in the setting of their local sangats. Those who are successful in securing first place at their local chapters are advanced to a regional event where the winners are then presented at the annual International gathering.
 

 

While public speaking and a friendly spirit of competition are also critical components of the Symposium, the greatest success is in targeting Sikh youth to become passionate about self-learning. Those who participate in this event will invariably walk away with greater knowledge, a deeper understanding and hopefully a thirst to continue learning about our great heritage.