In the Media
Komagatgata Maru History Preserved for the Community
Harbhajan Gill and the Komagata Maru Heritage Foundation deserve the thanks of the South Asian community for their purchase of the Sea Lion, the only remaining physical link to the most significant incident in the history of our community.
At a ceremony on the morning of May 14 held on board the Sea Lion, moored at the docks in North Vancouver, Harbhajan Gill and Rex Kary of Living Planet Experiences Unlimited, who owned the ship, announced the transfer of the historical tug boat to the Komagata Maru Heritage Foundation.
KOMAGATA MARU HISTORY WILL BE PRESERVED THROUGH INDO-CANADIAN OWNERSHIP OF SEA LION VESSEL
By INDIRA PRAHST, Instructor of Race and Ethnic Relations, Department of Sociology, Langara College, Vancouver
On May 23, 1914, the Komagata Maru arrived in Vancouver. However, its 376 passengers were not permitted to disembark because they violated "exclusionist laws" through the "Continuous Journey Provision of the Immigration Act" which stipulated that all passengers arrive by "direct passage" from their country of origin. Although the passengers were citizens of the British Empire, and should have been granted access to this country, the immigration law was framed subtly, to control Indian immigration.
PENNY PRIDDY'S MOTION ON KOMAGATA MARU: APOLOGY, MEMORIAL AND EDUCATION
The following is the motion that Surrey North MP Penny Priddy presented in the House of Commons on Friday and which was rejected by the Conservatives but supported by all three Opposition parties:
"That this House officially apologize for the injustice of the 1914 Komagata Maru incident, And, that this House further calls on the government of Canada to honour this apology by creating a permanent memorial in British Columbia to remember this incident, and by also developing an anti-racism advocacy and educational trust fund to avert a repeat of this historic injustice."