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.