Join Guest Curator Naveen Girn and Komagata Maru historian Kalwant Singh Nadeem Parmar for a walking tour tracing the shores of the Burrard Inlet and through Downtown Vancouver on the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru's departure from Canadian waters. Beginning at the Komagata Maru Memorial at Harbour Green Park, this tour will highlight buildings, spaces, and landscapes that were historically important to the narrative of the Komagata Maru and continue to influence the city today.
Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Time: 5:00pm offsite at Komagata Maru Memorial in Harbour Green Park, Coal Harbour (map) | Ends approx. 6:30pm outside the Vancouver Art Gallery
Admission: General $20 (includes admission voucher to the Museum of Vancouver for a future visit) | MOV Members $14 | Limited space, preregistration recommended | Rain or shine with light exertion, please dress appropriately
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This event is part of a series of programs that coincide with the Museum of Vancouver’s exhibition, Unmoored: Vancouver’s Voyage of the Komagata Maru.
100 years ago, 376 British Indian passengers on board the Komagata Maru were denied entry into Canada. While moored in Burrard Inlet for two months, the passengers were racially discriminated by local and international powers intent on keeping Canada “a white man’s country.” In 2014, this event remains an important marker of our inherited history and a launching point from which to imagine our collective future.
Kalwant Singh Nadeem Parmar is a writer and poet who has published five novels in Punjabi, four ghazal books in Punjabi and Urdu; and contributed to several anthologies. His translation work includes the novel Atma by A. C. Frazer about the last Sikh war with Britain; as well as numerous Urdu poetry books into English and Punjabi, and vice versa. Mr. Parmar has assisted the Khalsa Diwan Society – Ross Street Gurdwara (KDS) in writing its history, including its struggle to win the right to vote and provide support to the Komagata Maru passengers. As a member of the Komagata Maru Project Scholars’ Focus Group, Mr. Parmar has provided essential guidance and support, as well as assistance with translation and editorial work.
This program is part of the 1914-2014 Komagata Maru: Generations, Geographies and Echoes Project: www.komagatamaru100.com. Support for this program is provided by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. Additional support in media outreach provided by explorASIAN 2014.
*This walk will be held in rain or shine. The tour begins at Komagata Maru Memorial in Harbour Green Park, Coal Harbour (map). Please expect light exertion, and dress comfortably for walking and for the weather.