Filmmaker Ali Kazimi (image courtesy Ali Kazimi)
A speechwriter somewhere on Parliament Hill has been thumbing through the thesaurus for all the different ways to say, "We're sorry."
The "we" in this case is the Government of Canada. The "sorry" is for actions taken by this country in 1914. And when all the T's are crossed and I's are dotted, the apology will be delivered to the Canadian Indian community.
And it will be delivered for an event called the "Komagata Maru Incident", named for a ship carrying close to 400 would-be immigrants from British India, which docked in Canada.
Ali Kazimi is a documentary filmmaker, who told the story in a film called "Continuous Journey". He's in Toronto.
Continuous Journey - In 1914, the Komagata Maru, a ship carrying 376 immigrants from British India, was turned away by Canada. The consequences were felt throughout the British Empire. Continuous Journey is a compelling and eye-opening investigation into the past and present ramifications of this incident. More than just a history film, Continuous Journey is a provocative, moving, and multi-layered essay that interweaves photographs, newsreels, home movies and official documents to unravel a complex and little-known story.