Pardeep Singh Nagra is a Canadian athlete and human rights activist. He came to speak to Mr. Masters’ History 10 class in the spring of 2010 and again in 2011, which he followed up with an interview by student representatives from the YARRD club. Pardeep’s story is an inspirational one; he came to Canada from India when he was an infant, and he grew up with an evolving idea of what it means to be Canadian. He was also an excellent athlete who found his boxing career cut short by old rules that stipulate that boxers are not to wear beards. Pardeep challenged the rules in the Canadian courts, winning an important victory for all Canadians. He has since dedicated himself to the goals of charity, diversity, and tolerance.
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