Indigenous Thoughts Network
PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION
PHILOSOPHY BY REGION
Where the Rivers Meet (WTRM) Website
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WHITE CANADA ONLY POLICY.
Kamala Elizabeth Nayarwas born in Montreal, Quebec of parents of East Indian and American origin. Although she has spent most of her life in Canada, Nayar has also resided in India for extensive periods of time. She received her R.N. license in 1988 and worked as a health care service provider in the ethnically diverse environments of Montreal and Greater Vancouver until 2004.
Nayar was awarded, with First Class Honours, a B.A. degree in Religious Studies in Fall 1991 at McGill University. She received a Ph.D. in South Asian religions from McGill University in June 1999. Upon graduation, she was granted a two-year post-doctoral fellowship by the Quebec Research Council, which she utilized while affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Religion and Society, University of Victoria. Since then, she has been living in the Lower Mainland and has been teaching at KPU. She is married and has two daughters.
Areas of Interest - South Asian Religions, Hinduism, Sikhism - South Asian Diaspora, Punjabis in Canada, Intercultural relations - Gender in South Asian film and society
Couldn't find any Punjabi fusion Indigenous videos' but I bet a collaborative efforts could provide some interesting results. This is true reconciliation starting with a good laugh and song. Movement and sound is sacred to all human beings.
We need to find common philosophical guiding points and philosophy as a global effort is so needed.
A HEALING MESSAGE FROM THE SIKH COMMUNITY.
The Sikh and Punjabi communities in Surrey and Vancouver is very well established and have contributed greatly to the betterment of areas like Newton where i live.
The video holds special credibility given the history of the Sikh community in both British Columbia and the rest of Canada. We never must forget the lessons of the Komagata Maru. We, as indigenous peoples, in 1916 were either not aware of or stayed quiet when this tragic event happened, so I guess no one can claim a monopoly on being responsible for things that happen when people get together.
The "It Matters: The Legacy of Residential Schools" is in itself a very healing and emotional experience that I had when watching the video; my gratitude to the Sikh community cannot be expressed strong enough for their offer of support and collegiality (brother and sisterhood). Equally, I sense that it would be good for the indigenous community and the Sikh and Punjabi communities to learn directly from each other, not from a third source such as an impersonal school system or news media, let's get to know each other and let's share and explore ideas.
Philosophy is part of the religious legacy from India, the Hindi Upanishads offer us a philosophical basis as does philosophical underpinnings of the Sikh faith community, and this site hopes to start that conversation.
THE SIKHI TRADITION- an experiential or lived path of learning; conversations with Indigenous philosophical tradition