100-year anniversary stamp for Komagata Maru approved by Canada Post

Vancouver’s Komagata Maru Heritage Foundation has made another step toward better educating the public on the injustices faced by their friends and family members nearly 100 years ago.

According to foundation president, Harb Gill, Canada Post has announced their approval for a stamp dedicated to the 100 year anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident, which will take place in spring 2014.

“It’s a good achievement for the community,” said Gill. “It’s a good way of actually teaching our future generations.”

“It’s part of Canadian history, there was injustice done many years ago — 99 years ago, to be exact — at that time there were policies and now we’ve gone away from that, (but the) injustice still happened.”

The Komagata Maru was a Japanese ship chartered by a Sikh entrepreneur to bring 376 hopeful Punjabi immigrants to Canada, only to be denied entry once it reached Vancouver by Canada’s exclusion law.