Righting Canada's Wrongs: The Komagata Maru and Canada's Anti-Indian Immigration Policies in the Twentieth Century
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Righting Canada's Wrongs: The Komagata Maru and Canada's Anti-Indian Immigration Policies in the Twentieth Century

By Pamela Hickman

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In 1914, Canada was a very British society with anti-Asian attitudes. Although Great Britain had declared that all people from India were officially British citizens and could live anywhere in the British Commonwealth, Canada refused to accept them. This racist policy was challenged by Gurdit Singh, a Sikh businessman, who chartered a ship, the Komagata Maru, and sailed to Vancouver with over 300 fellow Indians wishing to immigrate to Canada. They were turned back, tragically.

Over the years, the Canadian government gradually changed its immigration policies, first allowing entry to wives and children of Indian immigrants and later to many more immigrants from India. The Indo-Canadian community has grown throughout Canada, especially in British Columbia. Many in the community continue to celebrate their Indian heritage which enriches Canadian culture.




Chapter 1: Leaving India

Early India
British India
Leaving Home
Coming to Canada

Chapter 2: Indo-Canadians in British Columbia 1900–1917

Working Life
Indo-Canadian Life

Chapter 3: Unwelcome in Canada

Asian Immigrants Not Wanted
Roadblocks to Immigration
Activism on the Rise

Chapter 4: The Komagata Maru

Gurdit Singh Sets Sail
Docking in Canada
Hungry and Restless
The Court's Verdict
Forced to Leave

Chapter 5: After the Komagata Maru

A Violent Outcome
Families Reunite
Independence for India
A New Immigration Policy
More Refugees Arrive
Political Activity in the Indo-Canadian Community
New Generations of Indo-Canadians

Chapter 6: Acknowledging the Past

Fighting for Apology and Redress
Permanent Acknowledgements



For Further Reading

Visual Credits



Winner - Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens -

"An engaging read for tweens and teens, presenting an honest picture of Canadian history and the struggles of the Indo-Canadian community."

- CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens 2014

The Komagata Maru does an excellent job of telling a regrettable story of injustice and government-legislated controls of immigration . . . this book tells much of the story through presentation of a truly impressive collection of images, visual material, and video clips: the colour and black and white photos and the facsimiles of personal and government documents are richly captioned and hugely informative. A most useful work, both as a source of information on the history of Indian immigration to Canada and of systemic discrimination, enacted by the government of Canada, based purely on ethnic intolerance. Highly Recommended.

- Joanne Peters, CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"A wonderful series [Righting Canada's Wrongs] of beautiful books."

- Times Colonist

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Publication Details:

Binding: Hardback, 104 pages
Publication Date: 9th May 2014
ISBN: 9781459404373
Format: 11in x 9in
300 colour and b&w visuals

BISAC Code:, YAN025050, YAN038050, YAN051090, YAN051180, YAN052040
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 13 To 18


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