|Title:||Righting Canada's Wrongs: The Komagata Maru and Canada's Anti-Indian Immigration Policies in the Twentieth Century|
|Supplier:||Formac Publishing Company Limited|
|Origin:||C - Canadian|
|Notes:||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.
This book uses a wide range of historical photographs, documents, and images to tell their story and how it was finally acknowledged. Over the years, the Canadian government gradually changed its immigration policies. 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.
The Righting Canada's Wrongs series is an excellent resource for class discussion and historical perspective-taking. While it does contain images, graphics, quotes, and propaganda from the time period which may raise concern out of context, within the milieu of historical thinking the images are powerful and thought provoking. To this end, teachers are advised to familiarize themselves with the settings of these books and use them within a responsible and considered environment.
|Righting Canada's Wrongs: The Komagata Maru and Canada's Anti-Indian Immigration Policies in the Twentieth Century - Pamela Hickman|
|Resource Type:||Student resource|