About

Funded by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada under the auspices of the Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP), the Komagata Maru: Continuing the Journey website was created by Simon Fraser University Library with three main objectives:

  1. To shed light on the Komagata Maru “incident” and its significance in Canadian history
  2. To capture the struggles and contributions of the Indo-Canadian community and place them in the context of a multicultural Canada
  3. To support teaching, research and knowledge about the Komagata Maru for school-aged, post-secondary and general audiences.

The project began in February 2011 and the website was officially launched in March of 2012. Many individuals and organizations contributed to the development of this site in a variety of ways, including donations and lending of material, interviews, and much appreciated guidance and advice. You may find a complete list on the Acknowledgements page.

What You’ll Find Here

Here you will find digitized documents (books, reports, poetry, and plays), photographs, videos and audio related to the incident, as well as Professor Hugh Johnston’s book The Voyage of the Komagata Maru : The Sikh Challenge to Canada's Colour Bar in English and Punjabi with links to digitized materials.

Features of the website include:

  • An historic diary of the Khalsa Diwan Society at Vancouver’s first Sikh Temple, kept by Bhai Arjan Singh Chand. The diary documents day to day activities of the Temple Committee, anecdotes about life in Vancouver, funds raised for charitable causes, photographs of the historic Second Avenue Gurdwara, and first hand accounts of the Komagata Maru Shore Committee.
  • Video interviews of scholars, community members and youth to help interpret the content and meaning of Komagata Maru journey. Includes interviews with descendants of Komagata Maru passengers.
  • An interactive timeline that visually and chronologically arranges the major moments in the Komagata Maru Story according to five major regions and provides another access point into the primary source documents.
  • A “master” passenger list that brings together information from a variety of lists and provides links to material relating to specific passengers
  • Over 100 biographies of key figures related to the incident
  • Lesson plans designed for students at the Grade 4 and secondary school level
  • A glossary of key terms, people, places, organizations and events represented in the digitized material
  • A comprehensive bibliography of published and scholarly material about the Komagata Maru

Copyright requests

For reprint requests and information on appropriate use of digital content, click here.

Accessibility

This website has made every reasonable effort to comply with common, widely adopted accessibility guidelines such as the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C).  Wherever possible, most pages, content and features on the website have been designed to work properly with online reading devices and software.  All major website pages were created to allow visually impaired users to use the site effectively using a screen reading aid. For example, images generally have descriptive text.  The major software components – Drupal, CONTENTdm – used for this website also take into account accessibility guidelines.  Extensive use of software and display tools that do not interact with accessibility equipment has been avoided, although it was necessary to use them for some value-added functions.