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The Komagata Maru steamed into Vancouver in May 1914. Its passengers, mostly Sikhs from Punjab, India and all British subjects, challenged Canada's Continuous Journey clause, which was put in place in part to limit immigration from non-European countries. After two months under difficult conditions, the ship and most of its passengers were forced to return to India where, in a subsequent clash with British soldiers, 19 passengers died.
Through the Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP), the Government of Canada funded a number of projects to commemorate the Komagata Maru incident, including a public monument (right). The monument was unveiled in Vancouver in July 2012.
The CHRP funded initiatives related to the Komagata Maru incident:
- South Asians in Canada: Building Our Legacy
- Dis-Immigration: Stemming the Flow from India, 1900 to 1914
- Commemorative Monument and Museum Exhibit
- The Komagata Maru Era—Book
- Reflections of a Century of South Asian Settlement in Canada—Book
- The Komagata Maru incident: An Interactive Online Learning Tool
- The Komagata Maru Project—Play
Komagata Maru stamp
This stamp recognizes the significance of the Komagata Maru incident. Its release in connection with Asian Heritage Month in May allows us to reflect on our history as well as on the contributions that Indo-Canadians have made and continue to make to the building of Canada.
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