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Canada Guess who is about to become the first turbaned Sikh female in the Canadian Navy!??

Discussion in 'Breaking News' started by Harkiran Kaur, Jul 4, 2014.

  1. Harkiran Kaur

    Harkiran Kaur Canada
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    ...upon her return from India??


    Apparently, the Canadian Forces Chaplaincy submitted a review for the Dress Regulations to amend the section on members of the Sikh faith, to allow women to also tie turban in uniform. That motion was actually approved in March 2012 however the Dress Regulations themselves had not been updated to reflect it (an oversight maybe?) Anyway my request for religious accommodation prompted them at the National level to go digging, found those minutes, and started the process to have it updated. In the mean time, since the minutes had been posted for 2 years now, female Sikhs have actually been allowed to tie the turban in uniform since then. No need to wait for the regs to be updated. But until they are, I was told to keep a copy of those minutes of the Dress Committee meeting on hand.

    There are still very few turban wearing Sikhs in the Canadian military at all, maybe only one or two other Navy members and they were men. I am not sure but there *might* possibly be one female medic in the army who does... but it's not verified. And usually something like that makes the news. I found the first turbaned air force member (Tatla), lots of media on LCol Harjit Sajjan (who actually helped me with this) and some photos of some army medics (all men). I found one image of a Navy member Sikh male who I think is out of the CAF now.
    So I am not the first in the Navy but I am 99% sure I am the first Sikh female in the Navy and possibly the whole CF.

    If anyone knows of a female Sikh in the Canadian Army or Airforce who ties turban in uniform pls let me know... Why I am thinking there might be is that SOMEONE had to bring forth the issue two years ago or else the Chaplaincy would never have requested for it to be amended! The Navy is pretty small so I am sure there isn't one in the Navy.
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  3. Tejwant Singh

    Tejwant Singh United States
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    Akasha ji,


    The seeds of Sikhi that you yourself sowed within are bearing their fruits and mind you, they are not just the seasonal kind but the life sustaining ones.

    We at SPN are all very happy for you and with you.


    Tejwant Singh
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  4. aristotle

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    Bravo Akasha Ji...
    What you are about to achieve is no mean feat, I mean, there may not be many turbaned Sikh women, if at all even in the Indian Navy.
    I'm extremely happy for you.:happymunda:
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  5. linzer

    linzer Mexico
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    Nov 23, 2010
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    Akasha ji,
    Outstanding!!! Way to Go!!! My wife and I are very happy for you.:kaurkhalsaflagred::kaurkhalsaflagblue:
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  6. Seeker9

    Seeker9 United Kingdom
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    May 3, 2010
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    Well done and keep on posting here...I enjoy reading your contributions:singhbhangra:
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