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Gurdit Singh and his son“In Canada, the dominant community has long sought to narrativize the nation as a benevolent multicultural space, and it has done so by engaging in a process of forgetting its history of colonial violence and racialized oppression. This kind of forgetting – a forgetting of the histories involving racialized communities – means that Canada is remembered perhaps paradoxically as a monocultural nation, as a “white nation,” and that its racialized subjects, or “visible minorities,” “ethnics” and “new immigrants” as they are often labeled, are framed as the multicultural “guests” of that nation.”1

The very act of remembering is revolutionary resistance, an act in opposition to the dominant practice of forgetting as Alia Rehana Somani argues. In this section, you will have the opportunity to learn about the various ways that individuals, groups and organizations have attempted to memorialize the Komagata Maru incident. It is not that this remembrance has been easy, necessary – remembering a historical injustice that has largely been forgotten by the mainstream and (until recently) government officials is a difficult task.

While the listing of memorializing efforts is not an exhaustive one, it does represent some of the diversity of tactics used in remembrance.

1 Alia Rehana Somani, Broken Passages and Broken Promises: Reconstructing the Komagata Maru and Air India Case, PhD thesis, University of Western Ontario, 2012: pages 240-241