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Watch live broadcast on SFP: Canada apologizes for Komagata Maru

By Anju Kaur | May 18, 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 House of Commons today at 3:15 p.m. for the 1914 Komagata Maru incident.
 
The Komagata Maru was a steamship carrying Sikh passengers who sailed as British citizens to Vancouver in search for work. Nearly all of the 376 passengers were denied entry into Canada.
 
The steamship waited two months before being forced to return to India. Upon arrival in Calcutta, soldiers of the British Raj killed and arrested many of the passengers, who were mostly poor Sikh farmers from Punjab being oppressed by British-Indian tax and land-grabbing policies.