Walking tour honours 102nd anniversary of the Komagata Maru
Dozens of people met at Vancouver's Coal Harbour to mark the anniversary
Dozens of people met at Vancouver's Coal Harbour for a walking tour to honour the 102nd anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident.
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It was on May 23, 1914 that a ship carrying 376 Punjabi would-be immigrants arrived in Vancouver's harbour but were denied entry. Two months later they were sent back to India.
"In a way we're fulfilling ... the dream that those passengers had of being in Vancouver by telling their stories on its shores," said Naveen Girn, one of the organizers of the walking tour.
The tours happen often, but this time it is getting more attention because of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's apology last week in the House of Commons.
Organizers say there is still more work to be done.
"The apology was welcomed with open arms and was most appreciated by the community," said Paneet Singh, who was one of the leaders of the tour.
"That being said it is by no means a closing chapter on the Komagata Maru story because the effects of the Komagata Maru are still felt today," he said.
About 40 ppl are signed up to take part in a walking tour of places connected to the incident. <a href="https://t.co/GmzPP1LwLO">pic.twitter.com/GmzPP1LwLO</a>—@FarrahMerali
The tour touches on several sites connected to the incident, such as the old law offices of J. Edward Bird.
Bird was the lawyer who fought for the passengers on the ship to remain in Canada.
With files from the CBC's Farrah Merali.