Surrey School District cancels rental of Tamanawis Secondary for Khalistan referendum 


A Khalistan referendum event, scheduled to take place on September 10 at Tamanawis Secondary a school in Surrey, has been canceled after images of weapons on the poster were brought to the school authorities’ notice.
The Surrey School District said in a statement past Sunday, “Earlier today, our district cancelled a community rental of one of our schools due to a violation of our rental agreement. Promotional materials for the event featured images of our school, alongside images of a weapon.”
The promotional material referred to is a poster that features a photo of Talwinder Singh Parmar and Hardip Singh Nijjar. Nijjar was shot dead on June 18 this year in a parking lot of Surrey’s Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara where he served as president. The poster also features a gun, along with the name of group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), which is led by Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.
The district noted that despite repeated attempts to address the issue, the event organizers failed to remove these concerning images, and materials continued to be posted throughout Surrey and on social media.
The statement said, “As a school district, our primary mission is to provide quality education and support to our students and ensure a safe environment for our school communities. Our agreements, policies and guidelines, including those for rentals, support our district in creating a safe environment for our community. Anyone renting our facilities must adhere to this.”
The school district also noted that “the decision is in no way an endorsement of, or criticism of, any political position.”
The district has also communicated the cancellation to the event organizers and has initiated the refund process for any payments made in connection with the rental.