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Righting Canada's Wrongs Collection

Righting Canada's Wrongs: The Komagata Maru and Canada's Anti-Indian Immigration Policies in the Twentieth Century
By (author): Pamela Hickman
Pamela Hickman


Lorimer - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Cloth over boards
Hardcover , Cloth over boards


General Trade : Age (years) 13 - 18, Grade (US) 8 - 12, Reading age 13 - 18
May 09, 2014
$34.95 CAD


280 x 229 x 26 mm | 820 gr

Page Count:

104 pages


300 colour and b&w visuals
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Social Topics / Prejudice & Racism
Children’s / Teenage general interest: History and the past|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Racism|Children’s / Teenage: Social issues
  • Short Description
A visual history of the courageous Indians who sailed to Vancouver to start a new life -- only to be turned away by a racist immigration policy

In 1914, Canada was a very British society with anti-Asian attitudes. Although Great Britain had declared that all people from India were officially British citizens and could live anywhere in the British Commonwealth, Canada refused to accept them. This racist policy was challenged by Gurdit Singh, a Sikh businessman, who chartered a ship, the Komagata Maru, and sailed to Vancouver with over 300 fellow Indians wishing to immigrate to Canada. They were turned back, tragically.

Over the years, the Canadian government gradually changed its immigration policies, first allowing entry to wives and children of Indian immigrants and later to many more immigrants from India. The Indo-Canadian community has grown throughout Canada, especially in British Columbia. Many in the community continue to celebrate their Indian heritage which enriches Canadian culture.

PAMELA HICKMAN is the author of over forty non-fiction books for children, including winners of the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, the Best Book Award from the Society of School Librarians International and the Canadian Authors Association Lilla Sterling Memorial Award. She co-authored the first book in this series, Righting Canada's Wrongs: Japanese Canadian Internment in the Second World War. She lives in Canning, Nova Scotia.

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"An engaging read for tweens and teens, presenting an honest picture of Canadian history and the struggles of the Indo-Canadian community." - CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens 2014

The Komagata Maru does an excellent job of telling a regrettable story of injustice and government-legislated controls of immigration . . . this book tells much of the story through presentation of a truly impressive collection of images, visual material, and video clips: the colour and black and white photos and the facsimiles of personal and government documents are richly captioned and hugely informative. A most useful work, both as a source of information on the history of Indian immigration to Canada and of systemic discrimination, enacted by the government of Canada, based purely on ethnic intolerance. Highly Recommended. - Joanne Peters,, CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"A wonderful series [Righting Canada's Wrongs] of beautiful books."

- Times Colonist

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