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Live Webcast: Prime Minister’s Public Apology, 1914 Komagata Maru Incident

SFU is pleased to welcome the community to the Surrey campus to watch the live webcast of the apology

May 09, 2016
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Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 
Place: Room 4040, Galleria 4, SFU's Surrey Campus (250–13450 102nd Avenue)

On April 11th 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that he would make a public apology in the House of Commons on May 18th pertaining to Komagata Maru incident in 1914. 

The Komagata Maru incident is one of the most infamous episodes in Vancouver’s early history. On May 23, 1914, the Komagata Maru (a Japanese charter ship) brought 376 migrants from Punjab, India – almost all British citizens – to Vancouver. Officials refused to let them disembark and after two months the ship was forcibly sent back to India where British India police in Calcutta shot dead 19 of the passengers. 

SFU is pleased to welcome the community to the Surrey campus to watch the live webcast of the apology, scheduled for 12pm PST. 

In 2011, SFU Library launched an interactive website, Komagata Maru - Continuing The Journey, to digitally archive artifacts that chronicle the Komagata Maru incident, the events preceding and following its journey, and develop a number of educational resources. By many, this is considered to be one of the most comprehensive public resources available in the country to learn about this event.