Komagata Maru, Vancouver, c. 1914
94th Anniversary of Komagata Maru Remembrance
Friday, May 23, 2008 | 1:00 p.m.
Bear Creak Park Pavilion
88th Ave. & King George Hwy.
We are inviting the public to celebrate the 94th Anniversary of the Komagata Maru arriving in Vancouver. The press will be given ample time to ask questions regarding the Federal Government's announcement and we will be pushing hard for the Provincial Government to do the same.
This 94th anniversary is also significant because it comes at a time when the diverse components of the South Asian people living in the Lower Mainland have been attempting to come together as one collective voice to claim the shared heritage of the Komagata Maru episode. "It does not matter which part of the world we come from, what language we speak, what religious faith we subscribe to, if our roots go back to the South Asian sub-continent, Komagata Maru becomes an important milestone for our South Asian identity in Canada. We are all descendants of the sacrifices made by the Komagata Maru passengers" - that is the guiding spirit of the efforts being made.