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Sidak: Frequently Asked Questions

Sidak is a distinctive leadership development program for young adults seeking to increase their commitment towards the Sikh faith. This two-week intensive immersion into the Sikh culture, language, values and community is held annually in the summer.

What is Sidak?

Sidak is a distinctive leadership development program for young adults seeking to increase their commitment towards the Sikh faith. It’s two-weeks of intensive immersion in Sikh culture, language, values and community through understanding Bani (scripture), Tavarikh (history), and Rahit (discipline).


Why does the Sikh Research Institute host the Sidak Leadership Program?

Part of the Sikh Research Institute’s mission is to facilitate training and development while inspiring Sikh values. Through the annual summer Sidak program, we work towards that goal by creating ideologically strong leaders for our community, through an understanding of the Sikh tradition and history.


When is Sidak?

2019: 21 July – 3 August - Registration starts October 2018
2020: 26 July – 8 August
2021: 25 July – 7 August

For those coming from out of town, detailed travel guidelines are provided after acceptance into the program. 


What is the cost to attend Sidak?

Early Bird 1 - $600 USD: Oct 2018 - Dec 2018
Early Bird 2 - $750 USD: Jan 2019 - Mar 2019
Regular - $900 USD: Apr 2019 - 30 June 2019
Junior Sidak - $400 USD: Only available for children of a Sidaker attendee between 6-12 years old.

This will cover your accommodations, meals, activities (including rock wall climbing, archery, high ropes course, etc.) and certain course materials. There is a non-refundable $100 RSVP & Administration fee included in the overall amount.


Can't afford the full program fee?

SikhRI believes in the importance of education and aims to make Sikh education as accessible as possible.
To request financial assistance, simply fill out the criteria on the application form. 
This assistance is made possible by various organizations and individuals who fund and support this program.
Please contact sidak@sikhri.org for more information.


Who can participate?

All those interested aged 18 to 40 (17-year-olds that have completed high school are considered) are welcome to apply. There is a mix of students and young professionals hailing from diverse backgrounds.


What qualifications or criteria are you looking for and how can I apply?

The Institute is looking for participants who have the desire and enthusiasm to learn more about Sikhi and are serious in developing their understanding of the faith. We look for participants who are looking to strengthen their leadership skills and also those looking to make an impact in their communities.

Participants choose 1 of 3 offered courses to enroll in.
Apply here.


Is there an application deadline?

This years application deadline is on Sunday, 30 June 2019.
Late applications are subject to be accepted. Contact the Sidak facilitator for more information.


What's a typical day at Sidak like?

Sidakers start their day early morning getting ready and then heading to the Gurduara where we carry out our morning Divan session. The morning sessions include reciting Nitnem & Asa Ki Var, singing & discussing Sabads, doing Ardas, taking & dissecting the Hukamnama, distributing Degh, and holding discussions & Q&A. Each Sidaker has a chance to try all of the above whether it's something completely new or something familiar.

After this, we spend some time with each other over breakfast before breaking off into our tracks and starting our classroom sessions. Each of the three tracks has 3 classes in the morning.

After the 3rd class of the day, we break for lunch.

Once everyone has fueled up from lunch, we have our Sikh Ambassador Leadership Training sessions. These sessions build on your leadership, teamwork, & analytical skills.

After the Leadership sessions, we then have free time to either participate in recreational activities (such as archery, rock climbing, hiking, etc.), hang out with your fellow Sidakers, work on your assignments or readings, or maybe just take a short nap.

After this free time, we all attend the evening Divan session. We recite Rehras Sahib and Sidakers will again sing & discuss Sabad. After Ardas, we revisit the Hukamnama from the morning Divan session and reflect upon our day. Open discussion and Q&As are fielded again.

After evening Divan, we have dinner and then have personal and study time for the remaining evening.

Facilitators and TA's are available to help with any assignments or readings or to answer any questions you may have.

After this block, we have quiet hours where we get ready for the next day!


How many students are in the program?

Registration is limited to 15 students per track, for a maximum of 45 students.


What is Junior Sidak?

Junior Sidak is an excellent way for families with young children to attend SikhRI’s Leadership Program. This is a great opportunity for parents who are not able to be away from their kids for the two weeks. Parents with any children, from the ages 6 to 12, are able to attend the program knowing their kid's will to be in classes, workshops, and partaking in different activities. The SikhRI staff and/or volunteers run Junior Sidak.

The classes for the Junior's run the same time as the adult Sidaker's, ensuring parents are able to focus on their course.


What is the cost to attend Junior Sidak?

The cost of Junior Sidak is $400 USD. This will cover your accommodations, meals, activities (including rock wall climbing, archery, high ropes course, etc.) and certain course materials.


If I live outside Canada, what procedures do I need to go through to attend and participate?

If you are a resident or citizen of a country other than Canada, you may require a visitor visa.
Please check here for whether you need a visa.

Please click here for more details.

Processing times are reported here

*Also, note that the Sikh Research Institute is not responsible for filing any travel documents on behalf of a participant.


What should I bring with me?

Please make sure to bring bedding (twin-sheets/blanket/pillow), appropriate clothing for outdoor, indoor and recreational use, indoor and outdoor footwear, towel(s), toiletries and swimming gear if interested. The Khalsa Centre offers a variety of activities and amenities at the campsite. Mornings and evenings are often cooler and afternoons can warm up significantly. Laundry facilities are available on site. A more detailed list is provided to applicants upon receiving their welcome package.
Please also see the Khalsa Centre's recommended checklist here.


Who should I contact if I still have questions?

If your questions or concerns were not answered in this section, please feel free to contact us at Sidak@Sikhri.org

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