One of Vancouver’s darker historical moments has been memorialized by Parks Canada with a new national historic site in Coal Harbour.
Officials today unveiled a new plaque recognizing the rejection of the Komagata Maru.
It was 102 years ago that the vessel carrying 376 British subjects, most of them South Asian, was turned away from Vancouver’s harbour.
Upon return to India, many were imprisoned and 19 were killed.
Herman Thind with the Professor Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation says as far as we’ve come — we still need reminders.
“I mean we look at what’s going on on the airwaves, whether its the U.S. elections or Brexit, it’s important for us to educate and and ensure that the public knows about these incidents and that we never let them happen again.”
In May, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered a formal government apology for the incident in parliament.