Engage with the South Asian Canadian diaspora’s contributions to Canadian history.
In 1907, South Asians living in Canada were denied the right to vote, despite the fact that South Asians had a formidable presence in Canada beginning in 1897. Forty years of lobbying, community rallying, fundraising and protesting finally resulted in South Asians gaining the right to vote in 1947.
The Komagata Maru: Continuing the Journey exhibit was initially created by the Simon Fraser University Library in 2011 and was updated with an additional collection of items in 2015 to commemorate the 101st anniversary. The exhibit was transferred to, and subsequently redesigned by, the South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley in 2021.
The South Asian Canadian population in BC has a long and complex relationship with the labour movement. From early exclusionary practices to a recognition that racism is a tool of the boss to divide workers, the tenacity and strength of the community has always been forward- looking. As a result, over the last 100+ years the labour movement has benefited from strong South Asian leaders, activists and items.
Do you have access to materials and/or oral histories of significance you could contribute to our digital archives? By understanding who we are, where we’ve come from and our role in society, we can weave our own story and help build a more inclusive society. Will you help us?