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These developments will touch the lives of Canadians long after the elbow situation dies down.
Is an historical apology meaningless if those who were wronged are no longer around to receive it? In the case of the Komagata Maru, the passengers, politicians, immigration officials, and crew have all passed away. Yet, what does remain is the injustice.
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Stephen Harper apologized in 2008 in British Columbia.
We should never get over it. With the apology, we risk the ability to raise the issue of the Komagata Maru with "old stock Canadians" who likely would not want to hear the issue brought up again. With this, we potentially lose the ability to make the point that the Komagata Maru continues to be as relevant today as it was in 1914.
OTTAWA — Here is a text of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's English remarks apologizing for the 1914 Komagata Maru incident: ___ Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin by acknowledging the hard work done b...
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“With so much to contribute to their new home, they chose Canada. And we failed them utterly."
Be aware that, in our midst, a group of Canadian citizens are being dehumanized. History has shown us over and over again that this leads to oppression, hatred, and violence. Move past your knee-jerk reaction of protectionism. Don't be fooled by rhetoric. Understand that to that Muslim woman wearing the niqab, not being able to choose what she wears is oppression, even if it makes you personally uncomfortable.
When I see the photo of the Sikhs on the decks of the Komagata Maru, I think of the ones trying so desperately to pry that door open on land. The ones who raised money that they did not have for legal fees, and who rowed out to feed the men aboard with food they scarcely earned. Their story, and reasons for helping those barred from entry is as old as our nation itself.
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Descendants of two B.C. residents, who were on opposite sides of the Komagata Maru story, are sharing their reflections today on the 100th anniversary of what both agree was a dark chapter in Canadia...
These two words encapsulate so many negative aspects of the South Asian experience in Canada: exclusion, discrimination, and racism. While the community has overcome many systemic challenges, it would be too easy to see this as a positive narrative -- from tragedy to triumph.
This requires us to see the Komagata Maru episode not just as a South Asian story but a trauma that all Canadians should remember and accept as their own story. Part of that process is internalizing that desecrating the Komagata Maru memorial should evoke anger from all of us.
A suspect who urinated on the Komagata Maru memorial has apologized, and Vancouver police have opted not to give him a bylaw ticket because he is a "severely addicted, mentally ill person." Vancouver...
Vancouver police will not press any charges against a man who was photographed apparently peeing on the Komagata Maru memorial in early December. "While the actions of an individual may be offensive a...
"Shocked" is a word that's thrown around a lot in reference to the story of a man urinating on the Komagata Maru memorial. The brazenness of the act in broad daylight and his proclamation to continue his actions, all point to obscene and disturbing behaviour. But many South Asians I've talked to aren't shocked at all. Sad, yes. Disappointed, absolutely. But at the heart of this is the understanding that to be "shocked" means that you're experiencing the unexpected.
VANCOUVER - The Vancouver park board says it has pointed out an online photo to police which apparently shows somebody urinating on a memorial marking the tragic return of 376 people to India more tha...
The Komagata Maru was introduced to me sandwiched between narratives of the Chinese Head Tax and Japanese Internment. It had no scope to breathe. No room for discussion and further explanation. And it was the only time I remember seeing people that looked like me in my school textbooks. But the Komagata Maru is more elusive. It took me years to unlearn the biases I had built up around the story, hear the voices of the pioneers and understand the history on its own terms.
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Pressured by his in-laws to find a respectable occupation, Vancouver Millionaire's star player Fred "Cyclone" Taylor had a summer job that connected him with one of the most iconic historical moments in Canadian history -- the arrival of the Komagata Maru.
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My ancestry doesn't define what I feel is most important. The essentialist logic that just because I'm South Asian an apology for the Komagata Maru incident is the paramount focus of my political identity -- and that its resolution would sway me to support a particular political party -- is insulting. I, like all Canadians, am more than just one thing.
The Komagata Maru incident occurred during a time in Canadian history where there was a deep-seated prejudice against minorities and immigrants. NDP MP Jasbir Sandhu's motion today urged the Government of Canada to officially apologize in Parliament to the South Asian community in the House of Commons. I commend him.
By blaming the British for the Komagata Maru incident -- which barred 376 Indians from entering Canada -- we make history palatable and excuse the role our country played. A new website funded by the federal government, however, finally aims at unlocking the Komagata Maru incident and its significance in Canadian history.