B.C.: Part of road in Abbotsford to be named Komagata Maru Way
by The Canadian Parvasi
In honour of the 376 Indian passengers aboard the steamship Komagata Maru who were turned away by Canada at the Coal Harbour in Vancouver, A portion of a road in Abbotsford, B.C., will be named Komagata Maru Way, Abbotsford City Council voted unanimously last week.
A portion of South Fraser Way from Ware Street to Fairlane Street will be renamed Komagata Maru Way after the unanimous decision, according to media reports. The descendants of those aboard the ship had previously asked the council to commemorate the event, which holds significance to Abbotsford’s South Asian community.
Renaming expenses have been chalked up to $4,000. Alongside the renaming, educational kits that detail the Komagata Maru incident will also be distributed by the city. A plaque at the Abbotsford Sikh temple at a cost of $10,000 will also be funded by the city council.
The incident is especially significant to Abbotsford as “the Sikh residents of Abbotsford rallied together to assist passengers aboard the Komagata Maru… They provided food, housing, information, and community connection”, according to a report presented before the council.
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