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Canada to apologize to Sikhs for Komagata Maru

By Anju Kaur | May 17, 2016
Nearly all of the Komagata Maru's 376 passengers were Sikhs from Punjab seeking work. Sikhs were the first immigrants from India and Pakistan to North America.

Nearly all of the Komagata Maru's 376 passengers were Sikhs from Punjab seeking work. Sikhs were the first immigrants from India and Pakistan to North America.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make a full apology to the Sikhs in the parliament tomorrow for the 1914 Komagata Maru incident in which nearly all of the steamship's 376 passengers were denied entry into Canada, and subjected to great hardship as they waited in Vancouver's Coal Harbour for about two months before being forced back to India.

Upon arrival in Calcutta, soldiers of the British Raj killed and arrested many of the passengers.