Brown Canada Showcase
Sharing Our Stories: Creating New Legacies
Wednesday June 27th, 2012
Grace Church, 41 Britain Street, Toronto (east of Queen station)
This is a wheelchair accessible & child friendly space.
Dinner served from 5:30-6:30 pm.
Program starts at 6:30 pm, sharp.
CASSA’s Brown Canada team proudly invites you to our project’s Showcase, an Informative and entertaining event featuring:
- · The premiere of the original play “Oh Canada, Oh Komagata Maru!”
- · A screening of the Brown Canada DVD
- · The “Our Stories, Our Histories” South Asian history exhibit
- · An interactive discussion about Racialized & Indigenous histories
- · A free resource booklet on South Asian histories in Canada
Visit www.browncanada.ca for more info & to share your story online!
The Brown Canada Theatre Project will be presenting "Oh Canada, Oh Komagata Maru!" a series of vignettes written and directed by Alia Somani.
"Oh Canada, Oh Komagata Maru!" is about one of the least known yet most significant episodes in the history of Canada. What is called the Komagata Maru incident took place in 1914, when a group of 376 Punjabi migrants aboard a Japanese ship – the Komagata Maru – was turned away from Canada’s western seaboard and refused entry into the country.
The Komagata Maru incident may have occurred almost 100 years ago, but it has not been forgotten. Instead it continues to haunt us, to reverberate in our nation’s consciousness.In fact, in 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper stood up in Bear Creek Park and declared that on behalf of Canada, he was sorry for the events of 1914. "Oh Canada, Oh Komagata Maru!" explores, among other things, this apology; it considers how much of our past is remembered and how much still remains buried; and most importantly, it asks us to relive the experiences of those who traveled to Canada in 1914 in search of a better life, and a better future.
Brown Canada is a community-led history project that seeks to document, create and share South Asian histories in Canada initiated byCouncil of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA), a social justice umbrella organization working with Ontario’s diverse South Asian communities. We acknowledge the financial support of the Community Historical Recognition Program of Citizenship and Immigration Canada in the initial phase of this project.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/204810092975235/
When & Where
Brown Canada is a community-led project documenting, creating, and sharing diverse South Asian histories in Canada. Our collective entry point is through the Komagata Maru story of 1914, when 376 Indians were denied entry to Canada due to restrictive immigration controls designed to maintain a "white Canada."
About the Komagata Maru
In early 1900s Canada, public opinion of the white-majority was explicitly anti-Asian. Racism of all stripes was not only popular, but also supported by law. In this hostile environment, the Komagata Maru made its way from the port of
Hong Kong to Burrard Inlet, off the coast of Vancouver in 1914.
Barred from disembarking, the passengers of the Komagata Maru stayed aboard the ship for two months as supporters on shore mounted challenges and provided basic material supports such as food and water. During the two month period, the passengers were supported by a group of South Asians living in the Vancouver area – this "Shore Committee" shared news, raised money, wrote about the Komagata Maru, and helped facilitate the legal battle to fight for the passengers to stay.