Recently, the city celebrated the official opening of a park commemorating the Komagata Maru incident.
The Komagata Maru Park is a tribute to those 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 officials at the Port of Vancouver and denied entry due to Canada’s Continuous Passage regulation, which was brought into force in 1908 in an effort to curb Indian immigration 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.
Many Brampton residents, dignitaries, and descendants of the survivors of the ship attended the official opening.
The event featured a traditional smudging ceremony, remarks from Mayor Patrick Brown and Councillors 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 councillors.
Friends, I look forward to seeing you tomorrow at the historic official grand opening of #Brampton's Komagata Maru Park. Hope you can make it!
— Gurpreet Singh Dhillon (@gurpreetdhillon) June 22, 2019
Attending the dedication of the Komagata Maru Park today. pic.twitter.com/EowhTz4wVQ
— Rapport Youth (@Rapport_Youth) June 22, 2019
With the opening of Komagata Maru Park in the @CityBrampton, today is truly a momentous day in our lives, as we remember the victims of the Komagata Maru incident.
— Amarjot Sandhu (@sandhuamarjot1) June 22, 2019
One of my proudest moments as a Brampton City Councillor has been the naming of Komagata Maru Park, which represents the story of ALL immigrants, their respective struggles and triumphs, and highlights Canada as a beacon of light across the world pic.twitter.com/r76NrBLw3J
— Gurpreet Singh Dhillon (@gurpreetdhillon) June 2, 2018
Located next to Springdale Library, the park also boasts a playground, splash pad and picnic area. With the concept of the ‘library in the park,’ the shape of the slides, climbers and park equipment spell out the word “IMAGINE”.
Will you be visiting the park soon?
Photo courtesy of Gurpreet Singh Dhillon.