Recently, the city celebrated the official opening of a park commemorating the Komagata Maru incident.

The Komagata Maru Park is a tribute to the individuals who were on the SS Komagata Maru ship. The ship departed from Hong Kong in May 1914 and was transporting immigrants to Canada. The ship was met by Canadian authorities at the Port of Vancouver and denied section because of Canada’s Continuous Passage regulation, which was brought into force in 1908 in an effort to curb Indian to Canada.

Located at 10705 Bramalea Road, the Komagata Maru Park is one of the few parks in Ontario dedicated to immigrants and the first Canadian commemoration of the Komagata Maru incident outside of British Columbia.

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Many Brampton residents, dignitaries, and descendants of the survivors of the ship attended the official opening.

The occasion highlighted a traditional smearing function, remarks from Mayor Patrick Brown and Councilors Paul Vicente, Gurpreet Dhillon and Harkirat Singh, remarks from Cultural Educator Ej Kwandibens and Vice President of the Descendants of Komagata Maru Society Raj Toor, an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and a symbolic tree planting with descendants, the mayor and councilors.

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