Canadian Sikh Heritage | Exhibitions
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Current Exhibition

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Komagata Maru: Challenging Injustice


April 14, 2021


April 2021 –  March 2022


Gur Sikh Temple Sikh Heritage Museum

The Komagata Maru was a Japanese steamship that transported 376 South Asian passengers to Vancouver in 1914. They were denied entry into Canada under the Continuous Journey Act, a racially motivated government policy. The ship was ultimately turned away, and the event had far-reaching consequences.

The exhibit “Komagata Maru: Discrimination Meets Determination” offers a vibrant and visual exploration into historic events of 1914 but also how the conversations about racism needs to continue. 

The virtual launch, held on April 14, 2021 featured dignitaries and poetry reading. The exhibit is available for viewing all year from April 2021 – March 2022. An exterior permanent installation of the exhibit is also available for viewing seven days a week from 9:30am – 4:30pm.

This exhibition is an adaptation of “Komagata Maru: Challenging Injustice,” an exhibition created by the Vancouver Maritime Museum (VMM) in 2014. The SASI is grateful to the VMM for their generous support in bringing the exhibit to Abbotsford, BC.

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Past Exhibitions

100 Years of Settlement and Integration

Punjab- The People, The Land, The Legacy

Canadian Sikh Identity: The Turban Challenge (2013)

100 Years Later

Challenge Denied: Komagata Maru 100 Years Later 1914-2014 (2014)

The Spirit of Hola Mohalla

Evolving Interpretations: Sikhism and Women (2016)

Desis in the Diaspora (2018)

Canadian Sikhs in WWI: The Forgotten Story (2016)

WE ARE HOCKEY (2019) - (2020)

(Dis) Enfranchisement 1907-1947: The Forty Year Struggle for the Vote (2017)

HAQ AND HISTORY (2020 - 2021)

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