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From the shame of residential schools to the pride of the Summit series: What every Canadian should know about this country – Edmonton Journal

by ahnationtalk on July 3, 201861 Views

July 2, 2018

Canada’s 151st birthday doesn’t come with the hype of last year’s sesquicentennial. But anniversaries, no matter the increment, are always a chance to look back and reflect.

Ahead of Sunday’s July 1 celebrations, Postmedia asked a dozen Edmonton leaders and thinkers to share a moment in Canadian history they think everyone should know about.
A ship turned back by prejudice

Amarjeet Sohi, federal minister of infrastructure and MP for Edmonton-Mill Woods

The Komagata Maru was a passenger ship that entered Vancouver harbour in 1914 carrying approximately 350 passengers of South Asian origin. Canada rejected its entry, motivated by racial prejudice. Passengers were forced to return to India where 19 were killed and others arrested and imprisoned.

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