ਦਸਵੰਧ ਅਤੇ ਸੁਲ੍ਹਾ | Dasvandh & Reconciliation
Dasvandh (ਦਸਵੰਧ) is the one tenth part (or 10%) of one’s income that, according to Sikh principles, one should donate, both financially and directly in the form of seva (ਸੇਵਾ).
Reconciliation with Indigenous Communities
Like all Punjabis (and other non-Indigenous communities) now living in Canada, our family has been and continues to be able to live and create a sense of belonging on land that was stolen from Indigenous communities through genocide. We recognize that the historical displacement of Punjabis from our land under British colonialism is interlinked with processes of settler colonialism in Canada, which continue today. Punjabis, who first came to Canada as exploited migrant labourers, as well as other communities of colour and Europeans who settled in Canada, have and continue to benefit from this settler colonial reality.
The Punjabi community has also experienced genocide and can appreciate how important land and language are to cultural survival. In our efforts towards reconciliation with the Indigenous communities of Turtle Island, the land upon which Canada is created, the Harbhajan Ranauta Legacy Foundation donates 10% of all donations we receive each year to Indigenous organizations supporting their communities in the healing, education, and sustainability of their cultures.
The Harbhajan Ranauta Legacy Foundation was formed on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples which includes the sc̓əwaθenaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsawwassen), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), Kwantlen, Stz’uminus, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam). We aim to reassert the kinship and respect expressed through ਤਾਇਕੇ (Taike), the Punjabi word meaning ‘our elder cousins,’ as it was used by early South Asian migrants to refer to the Coast Salish peoples.