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Komagata Maru Week

Mar 10, 2014 to Mar 15, 2014

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru Episode. The Komagata Maru Episode relates to the 1914 incident where a Japanese steamship carrying 376 migrants of Indian origin arrived in Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet. The passengers were denied entry due to Canada’s racist immigration policies at the time, which targeted Asian migrants.

To commemorate the anniversary, the Osgoode South Asian Law Students' Association will be hosting Komagata Maru Week from March 10 to15. The following events will be held:

  • March 10 - 15: The Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada's Komagata Maru Collection will be on display at Osgoode Hall Law School;
  • Monday, March 10: Continuous Journey, an award-winning documentary on the episode will be screened, followed by a Q&A session by director Ali Kazimi;
  • Tuesday, March 11: University of Toronto Professor Audrey Macklin will deliver a lecture entitled "Getting to We: The Komagata Maru, the Unmaking of Empire and the Making of a Settler Society," placing the episode in Canada’s broader immigration history and connecting it to current immigration policy;
  • Wednesday, March 12: Pardeep Nagra, executive director of the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada, will lecture on the history of Sikhs in Canada, with specific reference to the Komagata Maru Episode; and
  • Thursday, March 13: Former premier of B.C. Ujjal Dosanjh will explain why he opposes government apologies for historical wrongs perpetrated against cultural communities in Canada (sponsored by the Osgoode Alumni Association).


Location:Osgoode Hall Law School and the Law Society of Upper Canada (Old Osgoode Hall, downtown Toronto)
Posted by:Avnish Nanda
Web Sitehttp://www.komagatamaruweek.com
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